LOL, ayup Dan. $20K, 8 months of school and a few years. If I ever do get that part done, kinda gonna take all the funny out of it. Coulda bought a $2 part and modded it. But NOOoooo.
Man am I having a blast with this. Look for scraps to play with. (Could be called practice, snork)
Gotta wait for sunrise to start most mornings and don't stop until 7 or 8 and if jobs come in. Gotta hate when work gets in the way of fun work.
Had trouble with over hang and that part. Couldn't find a ready made live center extender. Or even a DIY one.
So took a busted up bike wheel axle and a ball bearing, ball from it and made one. Well, stuck the axle in a bit chuck on the tailstock, counter sunk a dimple in the part to be turned. The axle already has one so just stuck the ball between. Works great, stands off the tail stock and didn't heat up as I expected.