OH! My Bad, Dave. I thought the constraint was just the $, cap. LOL, I'd cheat and have some one buy it, then buy it from them.
I in no way mean the kits but there are some amazing DIY mills and lathes. Never looked for vids for that but has to be some. Really not hard. Motor to make a chuck spin on an adjustable bed. Can graduate via a formula the exact amount of movement per turn /revolution. Or just use a dial indicator which you'd want any way.
There is a build here (any one remember and have a link?) Guy built all these great tools in his kitchen from parts. Then built a motorized bicycle that was featured in a magazine.
Dunno. Really feel for ya with the needing a tool and not having it.
I meant it big time. Thanks (from many of us, I'm sure) for those links and they sound great. Learned a ton about this, welding, building my shop. Just amazes me what available. This one is pretty awesome, too; http://motorbicycling.com/showthread.php?t=56955
My Saturday night is planned around checking out the links you gave. (TY again!)
Tonight, I got comped tickets to the "The MOuTH" show in Hartford!! Am excited. Is on NPR and really cool. I wanna submit stories but always forget.