Really underground garage
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: mnts of Va
You're thinking about what few consider......"the stand".
Machine design is a long and honorable exercise.In certain cases,and IMO lathes are right at the top,the stand can make or break a machines....usefullness.You may find that lathe makers are so concerned with price point that they'll cheese on the stand.
Just be aware that with a little effort you can build a much heavier duty base unit than could ever be offered by manuf.On most of our's,we design in a section under cabmets floor that gets filled with concrete.You just flip base over,caulk any cracks,fill with bagged you/mix concrete.Just a little thought on how you retain this chunk,as it will shrink to allow for removal.BW
PS if you want some interesting reading,study how early train shops balanced their loco's wheels.This is of some use to certain machine base design.........complicated at first but once you start to understand how to cancel vibration it becomes really fun.