This may be a totally dumb question, but if I don't ask it I will never know.
My background is totally in wood and I know practically nothing about metals.
Can the typical "Joe" machine be adapted for dealing with ferrous metals... mild steel, maybe some stainless. I realize that this would be more complicated than just throwing a spindle on it and calling it a mill. But what would be involved with the redesign, or would it be easier and safer in the long run to look at a completely different set of plans for the metal machine? And if so, which plans and are they available here?