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.
20 years ago