Hey everyone! New member, long-time reader here. I'm getting ready to start classes part-time for the semester while I work 2nd shift at a major local company as a machinist (CNC operator really, machinist just looks nicer on their website). I am pursuing a degree in engineering. I have my own apartment in town, and I was thinking about buying a manual lathe to do light machine work for supplemental income. (No, it does not violate the lease agreement, I checked.) I've been in the industry for several years, I have a fair amount of experience with manual machine tools, I think I am a proficient machinist, (No master, probably a cumulative 2-3 years, I'm only 23) and decent with people. I am especially good at finding information and learning new things quickly, so I'm not concerned with lack of knowledge or experience on the technical side. On the business side, I have a few good connections from previous employers, I'm in a rural area and there are some industrial/mechanical/agricultural/oil type businesses around so finding local work is feasible. I also have an excellent relationship with a previous employer that I am confident would farm work out to me if I had a machine, and if they had work. Has anyone tried this? Any advice for my situation? Recommendations for a small, cheap, lathe I can haul upstairs? I am reading through the other threads about starting machine shops, but obviously my situation is a smidge different, so I'm looking for thoughts specific to it. Thanks in advance.