Well, Like most of my projects I build them on the fly and they frequently don't look like I planned them. Something breaks and I make a better trap. I ended up making a tool rest that spans the length of the lathe with its top endge at the level of the dead centers. Always hate moving the tool rest. It is working ok but might need some support as it is 7ft long and adds a bit of motion. Hear is a close up. I nailed my story board to the front of the tool rest...Glad to see you back online!
That looks like a functional marvel!
How do you attach your tool rest to the 2x4 looking beam? I recall your modified handscrew clamp on the first one.
I always enjoy your e mails and humor. If I could weld I might place a 7' steel I beam in there...Ah, gotcha. That is a great idea. Solves the complexity of a flat bed too.
In the next lathe you build.... you might try using a 7' I-beam. In this case, add some 1x2 at the top and bottom. I'm sure real engineers can help. But while reading a childrens book on the basics of engineering in buildings (I gotta start slow), I learned how I-beams work. Might help with the deflection without going to a 6x6