Hello from the Silver State.. My name is Mike, I'm your average do it all kinda person, I'm pretty adept at wood working and dabble in everything else. If I have learned anything in life it would be, Every thing you learn adds exponentially to what you already know opening a whole new world of opportunity, Hopefully I'm ready to add machining to my dabble list. Thanks for having this laymen forum as a place to start. I do not yet have a Lathe, but scouring these forums I'm learning what to look for while hitting Craigslist nightly, I know almost nothing about lathes but my understanding is the ways are the big issue.. I found a Logan 1875 in California that may fit the bill for a first lathe both in size and usability, it was a School shop lathe Ive been told. It can be found on craigs list by searching for logan 1875 - asking 1500.00 for it. but I can get it for around a grand with some tooling... who knows may be driving there Saturday.. Ill be around here and there learning what I can, Good day.