Question about small 7 x 10 lathes

I am curious if there are any clubs for home and hobbyists machinists in the Fort Lauderdale Florida area? This may sound like a silly question but I am planing to buy one of those 7 x 12 lathes for my wife for something she does. She now uses one of my larger lathes, but I would like to set her up a little work space in the house just for herself. The problem is, since I have been doing machining, I build poolcues, I have never even seen one of these little lathes up close. They only seem to be in catalogs or now on line, I wish I could just walk into a store and check one out. I would like to actually see one in action and see how it works. I don't know if it is out of line to ask, but if anyone in the Fort Lauderdale area has one they would like to demonstrate or even sell, I would be interested. I would just not want to go to the trouble of buying one mail order, only to have her not be happy with it. I would say one of them can certainly do the work she wants it to do, but if it is a hassle in any way she may not be happy. From looking, everything just seems so small on those lathes, I would like to see how it is to actually operate one. I have the idea she may be a little spoiled using my machines. If someone can help me out you can just e-mail me. Thanks.

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I bet if you post to this group:

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or some of the other resources on this web site:

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You'll find some nice guys near you who'd accept a visit from you and your wife.

Chip makers tend to be nice folks.

Jeff (Still is Sox Shock...)

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Jeff Wisnia

Cuezilla; If you get you north, by Deltona you can try mine. They are small, but for small jobs in small spaces they work just fine. I have my 7 x

10 on one side of my 8' x 10' shed and the mini mill on the other. But remember, they are a work in progress. gary
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Gary Owens

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