I'm up in Lafayette and if you're willing to travel I could help, but I recommend just buying an angle grinder and go with weldless fittings. The weldless can be converted to welded in the future if you want that option.
I bought an angle grinder and cutting wheels at Lowe's to do some conversions along with a quality step bit for less than $200. Both of these tools will last a long time and provide me with more flexibility in my projects, so I considered the investment worth it.
Also, try neighbors for an angle grinder. You may get someone else interested in homebrewing.