Owner supplied bed, for wood lathe
I need to make a 52" long cylinder from wood by turning a piece of wood that is initially a little bigger than 4" square, by 52" long. The middle 48" of the piece is to be 4" dia, +/- 1/16" or less. At each end of the piece, the diameter is to be 2" long by 3" dia, again +/- 1/16" or less.
Does anybody manufacture a drive end with a base for a drive motor and chuck, a turning piece support with rollers, a cutting tool support, and a tail piece with a live center, as separate pieces. I would supply the bed, made of either a structural steel member (such as a standard shape, say a 4x4 "I" or "H" beam), or a sturdy piece of wood, (say a 6" high x 2" wide finished dimensions wood base)? I'd clamp the separate chucked end, support roller, cutting tool guide, and tail piece to the bed as needed, to turn the 52" long x 4" wood piece, made of maple or clear pine laminate to as accurately dimensioned cylinder cylinder as possible, which will be the basis for a black powder gun rifling machine.
I've operated metal lathes for years, but have no experience with wood turning. Any advice or comments would really be appreciated. Thanks, Harry Schroeter