This is a project that requires dedication, time and a desire to see see it through to the end. It is a lot of work but I had a lot of fun along the way and ended up with a very nice and usable machine tool that will last more than a lifetime if treated with respect. I would recommend starting out by setting a small goal at first, such as machining and assembling the basic framework first. (cast iron base and bar bed assembly). After meeting that first goal you can set another small goal and so on. It this manner you can build in stages and not let the project overwhelm you. Also, I used Thompson linear way shafting for the way bars. This is close tolerance material, is case hardened, highly finished and chrome plated and can be used as is for a smooth sliding set of way bars. You won't be sorry you used it! I also used 303 stainless for almost all exposed components as it will not rust. And above all have fun!