Hi Chris ,
The tool warehouse is on rt 138 just south of Town Spa pizza (the best pizza around love the garlic and linguica) right past the old Ashmont hardware.
I am heading down there Saturday morning to get some boring bits (Eric and myself are working on a surprize North Carolina)
Chris are you guys running this weekend?
As far as learning how to use your new Lathe ,there are a couple of thing to do,read the manual !
Then save it for ordering parts.
I am self taught ,I watched a couple of vid on you tube and went from there.
I purchased some scrap brass stock from http://www.admiralmetals.com/AdmiralWeb/index.jsp
and started from there.
It took me the better part of a day to figure out how to line up everything .Now I think I do a pretty good job.
The only thing I am having a hard time with is rounding over the ends of the struts that we use on our targets.
As far as the funkie little dials go the only one that I use is for depth of the cut ,I do everything else with a caliper.
If and when I figure out how to post pictures I will put some up.
If you want ,send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I send you a couple of picks of some of the stuff I have made so far.
Please remember a few things.
1 always count your fingers before and after .
2 wear eye protection
3 this is a personal habit, I always unplug the machine when changing the stock in the chuck.
4 keep the speeds down low and play with it.