Hello! I am looking at getting my husband a lathe for his birthday in a few weeks. I was hoping someone here could point me in a good direction. He wants to mostly do pens, but also have a capability of turning bowls and other smaller projects (wine corks and things of that nature) in the future. We found a lathe at Harbor Freight just up the road from Woodcraft in Pelham. I'm not sure if that's a good investment or not.
I was hoping someone might be able to give me an insider's suggestion. I'm trying not to spend more than $250 on the lathe; however, at the same time I want to invest into something that he'll be able to learn and grow upon.