Yeah, I did something similar with a 6x18 mini-lathe. I remounted the headstock on a riser base and made new, taller mounts for the two bed rails. I also swapped out the tubular rails for solid, cold rolled steel bar stock. I tweaked the electronic speed control, upping the amperage from 2.5 amps. to 5 amps and added filtered fan cooling to the headstock. There is a port on the right end for a shop vac hose, as the lathe frame tends to capture some chips. Since the original lathe was intended to be mounted on a board, I built a torque box frame for the unit to make it more stiff. I ended up with a 14x36 lathe that can also be configured as a gap bed lathe. I built this in 2001 and have been quite satisfied with its performance.
I've gone out to find myself. If I return before I get back, have me wait for me.
"Sawdust is Man Glitter"
Made one longer... by another 4'. Turning length capacity is about 8' 3", overall length is 10'. Still just a 12" lathe but outboard is basically to the floor if you wanted to try that. WAY too big for our little two-car garage shop and it's 3 phase so I can't even use it.
Well that's rather interesting. I'd be a bit concerned about he wood moving seasonally but it would be super helpful to turn larger bowls.
"Dreams are stronger than poison and seize more firmly than disease, once captured one can not escape. It's a real curse, but for adventurers who are dedicated to it, body and soul, people without dreams are more frightening than death" (Made in Abyss). The Twenty Seventeen anime of the year, it definitely deserves that award. It's a show you don't expect to throw you off as much as it does. It may be Moe but it's certainly not lighthearted, just the opposite.