Well I guess everybody knows I've had a mill and lathe for one week now, because I had to go and post pictures and ask someone to tell me I did a good thing. After being a do it yourselfer for 40 years now, it did not take long to figure out the basics of their operation. Now I'm waiting on re-prints of manuals so I can set them up correctly & get them in good trim. The Roderus forum has a good home machining forum. But we could do the same thing here. My lathe is an old 9 inch swing with maybe 28 inches between centers. Sure I'd like a bigger one. but for $300.0 I could not pass it up to start out with. I've allready carved up a few pieces of 3/4 inch water pipe.I'm having a ball searching for tooling and accesories on Ebay and from MSC. I think the horizontal will be fun too. So many more possibilities like 1911s and carving those Soumi barrels into something! I think Panaceabeachbum could sure teach us plenty if he'd be willing! I know he's a good guy and really gets into this homegunsmithing stuff!