I wanted to try turning outboard. I took a piece of wet wood 7” x 9” x 18” long. I cut it half so I would have two pieces 3.5” x 9” x 18”. I cut one of those in half again so I would have two pieces 1.75 x 9“ x 18”. I ran the cut sides on my joiner so I would have a good glue joint. After it dried I cut an 18” round. I ended up with a 18” round by 1.75 thick. I mounted a faceplate on the front so I could turn the back flat and the outside round. I was very happy with the performance of the lathe. The motor had plenty of power. It wasn’t way out of balance but not in perfect balance and I had no vibration. The outrigger was very sturdy. The controls were always handy and I never had to reach around anything.