Amalgam, my grandpa made my lathe in the 70s out of a maytag clothing press and washing machine. It's not perfect, but it does what I need, most of the time. I've toyed with making a large bowl lathe and think that the "yellow one" wouldn't be that difficult of expensive. If I only had a welder...of course I'd need to clean all the shavings from the lathe up to use it for safety too. Here's a pic of my lathe. 18" swing, 45" between centers, variable speed with the buttons from the washer and has reverse using the spin cylce dial.