Are you thinking of using indexable carbide or HSS?
carbide to start, and then i'l buy a grinder and hss to make my own tools.
The best lathe that i could have would be the 7 x 12, and you are talking of 3000 $ one, damit!
i would also buy a mini drill/mill to make things such as casings.
I really need a way to gain money by crafting and electronics(only thing that differentiate me from other peoples).
No idea? Aside from working at the school cafeteria.
What makes me even more jealous is that my friend , his father is Ultramar big boss... and he gets 500 $ gifts for his anniversary.