For the past seven years I've been a software engineer at Google in California. In my spare time I've created a mélange of open-source software. I've also built some rather unusual hardware. On rare occasions I've even been known to write something interesting.
I bought a small lathe for $100. Lacking prior experience with lathes, I specifically wanted one that was underpowered (do not do a Google image search for "lathe accident"). This one certainly qualifies as underpowered. But it's still a capable little machine. Here's a video of my first project with it.