Had a HF lathe years back, figured on learning on it, then upgrading. Well, it turned out to be a pretty good lathe, certainly better than a lot of them costing considerably more. Made a stand for it, absolutely no vibration. Played with it a bit, then started making carving mallets, found out that was the only thing I actually liked making on a lathe. Sold it, and not regretted it. But now decided I may want to make a few more carving mallets, but won't need a large lathe. So, found out how to make a neat little wooden lathe, powered by a power drill. Will get around to making one one of these days.
However, there are plans out there for making any size wooden lathe you want, up to about 8' I believe it is. If I want to have a lathe, any size at all, I would make my own. Some people make them from metal, others from wood. Because I like woodworking, that is the way I would go. I will look a bit, not so much because it is not for me, and see what I can come up with.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
Gather the villagers, pitchforks, torches; we march at dusk!
Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
.....Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.