Wood lathes come in a range of sizes, but all do the same thing: they spin a securely mounted workpiece while it's being formed to the desired shape with a variety of turning skews, gouges, etc. As always, why buy when you can build? Check out these videos for some ideas:
Mini Wood Lathe by PhilipStephens007
Homemade Lathe Pt. 1 - The headstock and base by Michael Laffin
HOMEMADE LATHE (from old drill press ) by not2fast4u2c
Turning huge columns on a homemade lathe by Jesús Torres
Homemade Wood Lathe by Pilesofplenty
How To Make A Homemade Wood Lathe by bohdanmon
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