I agree with finding a club near you and turning to see if it would be something you would like. For the money I would say the Jet 1220 VS would suit you fine. I have made a lot of ornaments, mini birdhouses, lidded boxes, drawer pulls, several tool handles, bowls, vases, bottle stoppers, etc. but yet you could turn a bowl or vase if you like up to 11 1/2" in diameter. I have did some chair repair for a lady here in town where I had to make some new legs and cross pieces that paid for my bed extension which will give you around 40" in length. I also made her new drawer knobs or pulls for 3 of her dressers. She had some missing and wanted them all to match.
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