I got a lathe years ago to make a pool cue and I haven't made one yet. I have made tons of other things, it's a whole new world. I have a 48" Grizzly lathe and a 36" jet lathe, they both work great for what I do. When turning bigger things they wobble a bit, so I weight them down. Someday when I can afford it I will get a big lathe. You can spend more money on turning tool, chucks and other accessarys than the cost of the lathe. You will have a lot of fun.