Just a quick update to anyone following along so you don’t think I abandoned the project.
Right now I’m basically boning up on my turning skills while waiting for a few parts to come in. The motor mount will not work as is, the angle is too acute and the belt rubs on the lathe.
There are two solutions:
1: Create a raised platform for the motor that will bring it to the height of the lathe pulleys.
2: Build a jackshaft that will transfer power from the motor to the lathe.
#1 sounds simpler but in practice #2 isn’t that much more work and it would look pretty cool.
A local woodworker kindly donated the wood for my cause. I don’t know what it is but it is very hard and very heavy but not quite as heavy as ipe.
Here is a picture of the pulley wood (top) that came from a custom planter box and ipe (bottom). Guesses so far: abacco, teak, cumaru.
Blank glued in alternating directions like plywood to add stability, so the pulley stays round instead of oval.