I am an amtr. woodworker, I enjoy using my lathe. Most of the time I gather my wood and quarter the clear wood, turn rough blanks, allow to cure then round out. This gets me much wood free, and I know you all have seen the price of wood. I want to make a big wood lathe for turning columns, and large round wood.You can cure this kind of wood if you are patient, and you must be willing to cut a foot or two from each end.It takes years of dry shade curing , and never letting get wet, but you can get wood free of big checks. I have large bearings, lots of steel, and I am thinking of the lathe bed being from wood, like 8x8 set in concrete. I have an old fire hose (ample)for a drive belt, and I know it will never be for high speeds, but if I could true up logs and round wood, and sand I could really make some unusual projects.I have an old Toyota truck that just seems to never give up, and this might be my power plant. An emegency diconnect would be needed, and some big gouges, but I think steel tubing in half mounted in hickory handles would be good for roughing gouges. Any Ideas and tips would be great.Marty.