Couple weeks ago I was forced to build a tool handle for my daughter. It was a wood-print carving knife.
I decided to make it by wood-turning, so I install some parts on my drill press to achieve kind of "poor man" Lathe:
I found that turning wood is not just a way to make some round items from the wood, but it is kind of fun to do and it is also a stress relief, when you focus yourself on the process and enjoy to see how a shape came out from wood stock, using your imagination and chisel in your hands!
So, I decided to build myself some sort of "hobby" wood-turning Lathe instantly!
I made s design sketches taking to account, that it should be build from materials I already have in my workshop... two by two square(50x50x2mm ) aluminum tube and ~3/4" (20mm) thick plastic board (PVC).
This was preliminary design (I change come things while building parts in the workshop):
Then I start milling plastic parts on my DIY CNC Router and assemble them..:
Then I mill some aluminum parts from 2mm thick plate for bearing covers and covers that hold M10 nut in a tool rest: