That is one way to make a hand built lathe. But its very different from th
e old lathes from the 1800s. The antique long bed lathes used wooden lathe
beds. Like this one. But had all metal headstocks and tailstocks and too
l rests. Bolted to the wooden lathe bed. Cheaper and easier I suppose for
the guy to build his lathe this way. But still think it would have been m
uch better if he found a metal headstock and tailstock and tool rest, old o
r new doesn't matter. And bolted that to a pair of 2x12 stringers making t
he lathe bed.