I have a 12x36 Craftsman lathe that I purchased a few months ago. I spent a lot of time getting it into good running condition but have noticed quite a bit of bed wear near the headstock, as is typical. I've looked at different options and the consensus seems to be "just deal with it," which is fine. However, as I look at the bed and how the headstock is attached I wonder if it would be possible to "reverse" the bed? By this I mean, move the headstock to the rear, move the leadscrew to the "back", flip the bed (turn it around front to back)..etc...has anyone done this? Is it possible? I did notice the webbing structure is a bit different near the headstock, and the casting has a few differences front to back, but I really don't see any reason why this couldn't be done. Since I have the 54" bed, past the wear area, there is another three feet of bed that is virtually pristine that would give me years of "like new" performance. My other thought was shortening the bed by moving the headstock up 12" or so and chopping the bed. This would also solve the issue of the worn leadscrew.... I really don't need a 54" bed, 36" would be fine for what I do. Any thoughts? Anyone done it? Is it possible? Am I missing something obvious that would make this impossible?