Last night during the Sherline class showed how to use Rotary table in horizontal plane do do all holes, including using boring bar for center. When the rotary head is mounted at 90 degrees can cut teeth.
He is really exploring at this point how it can be done and possibly how their company can bring the work inside. The gear is SS and very relative to small diameter - making it very rigid.
If the blank has the teeth done, the center small hole can be used to locate it dead center on the rotary table. Then edge clamp, remove center pin and you can now enlarge the center hole with a boring bar, then do radial hole pattern and countersinks.
We discussed other ways it could be set up for a machining center. Like using matching teeth on the outside to hold in place to lock down, the fixture would have clearance under he part where holes go through so no sacrificial material needed. The blank being symmetrical doesn’t even have to be originated when loaded. Hold fixture holds while pattern being machined.