Did someone here say "Lathe????" :). If I told you guys how many hours I spend looking at you tube videos on lathes and their operation you'd think I'd lost it. But the fact is I find the craft, the machine, and the skill very alluring, to the point where I was looking to taking some machining classes locally. But it never happened because it's just too damned expensive. They wanted like 500 dollars for the first 3 classes something along those lines.
I have some funds to purchase a mid sized machine, and a spot to store it at my job. The only thing that's kept me from purchasing it is my lack of knowledge. What would be the point of owning something like this and having absolutely zero machining skills? And the fact the machine would be located a good hour away would make it very unpractical for me to practice on. This would translate into mega hours away from home, and at a time where I'm training my daughter in the game of softball (I smell an athletic scholarship).
Anyway, I just wanted to put it out there that anyone posting on the subject of machining would be greatly welcomed by this member. I find it a very interesting craft indeed.