Dave, I have been looking around and Home Depot has a nice Ryobi bench top on for $100. Sears and Lowes have similar models in the same price range.
I have been over on AKFiles recently and found 2-3 others in MD who might be interested in a build party. Between everyone we might just get all the equip needed. I just ordered the 115V spot welder from Harbor Freight. The wife is gonna beat me when she sees the bill.