So a week ago, I saw a small, pen turning type of lathe at a damaged freight store (Penn State from memory) that I wasn't sure the price was good. I've never been a turner (access), and I don't understand the bowl thing, but appreciated some spindle stuff and mostly tool handles. So it hit me to watch for an inexpensive lathe. (not a lot of shop time and when I am tired, I can still refurbish some old tools for entertainment)
Then I saw a post here, yesterday, that shown a treadle lathe (always liked the looks of them, thought it might be fun to make one someday). But a machinist friend has been telling me for a few years, to watch out for a machinists lathe, like an old South Bend (turn metal or wood). Yesterday I was going to ask about that, I had started to write up some questions (looked more like a treatise) and one of them was if that was herasy here.
So after I started, I peeked at CL and saw this: http://kansascity.craigslist.org/tls/4514516498.html (I like old iron, but realize this is too big for my shop) and found some other stuff. Work called with a pickup order and I spotted a garage sale (close to my parents and on the way to work) that mentioned planes, lathe, and several other woodworking tools.
Stopped on the way in and ended up buying a Powr-Kraft branded, Duro made, 1940 lathe same model as this:
$30 (don't think I got hurt too bad, for learning)
So now I need to learn what tools do I need for starting out/learning (the turning tools already sold). Dad gave me a couple garage sale Union hardware gouges, so that is all I have for tools.