Our good friend JMillerID added this pic to the TM photo pool recently, showing him turning some brass on a lathe in what we consider a good garage — i.e. that garage door behind him isn’t opening anytime soon, at least not to admit a car.
Seriously, though, a lathe is an incredibly useful tool. If you’ve got the space — even if you need to cover up a garage door with it — you should consider owning one. Becoming a machinist is like playing chess: the rules are easy to learn, but the game takes a lifetime to understand fully.
Toolmonger’s Photo Pool [Flickr]