This sure is looking good Nut!
I’m often surprised at how mismatched colors of the same species seem to blend together better than I thought, after applying a finish to them. I think I can handle that better than wonky grain mis-alignment .
No sir. My lathe is vertical and is called a drill press.
i told my wife years ago to cut me off if I ever even suggested buying a lathe. Some times I don’t think she knows what one is and thinks I bought one.