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Forum topic by jimbo71 posted 02-27-2018 06:57 PM 583 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-27-2018 06:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: midi lathe hinged lathe sitting stand

Hi. I asked for help about a week ago on getting a new lathe, and really got some great information. Last Thursday I got some other information from medical tests which has narrowed the field. Seems like some trouble standing won’t get better and could get worse. I looked at the Robust site and the “sitting stand” slapped the scowl of my face. If I’m forced into a wheelchair that is a great option, but for now I’m considering making a wood stand with an angled top for a midi lathe – sorta like a drafting table, but heavy duty with an electric actuator to bring the front down from a level position (for standing) to about 33° downward when I need to sit. With the actuator doing the heavy lifting I think the lathe might be limited to around 120 pounds; so I’m looking at the Rikon 70-220VS.
Now to cut to the chase: has anyone here already done this or attempted it?


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#1 posted 02-27-2018 06:59 PM

Actually, I think it was the One way site.

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#2 posted 02-27-2018 07:40 PM

So it would appear a couple of companies are making sit down versions not. Not sure what kind of budget you have but VicMarc makes a sit down version of their lathe
https://vicmarc.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&view=productdetails&virtuemart_product_id=94&virtuemart_category_id=13&Itemid=531

and if you are looking to get the Rikon lathe and make a stand for it I also found this link with a full set of instructions for building a stand
http://huntcountywoodturners.org/index.php/sit-down-lathe-2/

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#3 posted 02-28-2018 12:28 AM

The VicMark is too high for me now. That stand is a nice design but I’m more inclined (pardon the pun) towards a design which has the hinge at the back of the normally level table. Raising the front an inch would allow the removal of “stability legs” under the front edge support, then reverse the actuator to lower the front as low as 45 degrees below level, canting the spindle axis down to a more comfortable position. Already have a couple of actuators so the rest may come from steel and plywood scraps.

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#4 posted 02-28-2018 04:33 PM

I wonder if putting the hinge in the middle similar to a flip top cart but still doing the actuators to rotate it would give it better strength and stability than the hinges at the rear? just thinking out loud

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#5 posted 02-28-2018 05:42 PM

Maybe, I don’t know how to figure it out without experimenting. Also want as much rigidity as possible. Maybe Mattias or Stumpy would be willing to take a shot at it?

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#6 posted 02-28-2018 06:08 PM

A back hinge on a wall at the proper height for standing would help with rigidity, then put the upper end of the actuator about 3/4 of the way to the underside outer edge of the bed support and the lower end back on the wall? Drive the bed upward until it’s at 33° down from level then put a hinged support between the bed outer edge corner and the wall and then lower into a resting notch OR drive that edge up above horizontal, put those same supports into a higher mount and then lower back into a horizontal resting notch. I have a couple of actuators in my old La-Z-Boy recliner who be proud to join the cause. Just thinking…

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#7 posted 02-28-2018 06:25 PM

Well, the Rikon is on order, so that die is cast. I’m wondering about the toolrest. Does it have to be elevated to supply support when the lathe is leaned over? Inquiring minds full of mush want to know…
Think I’ll call Robust about it.

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#8 posted 03-02-2018 07:48 PM

Let me know where you land on this

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#9 posted 03-02-2018 08:51 PM

I found a good deal on the Rikon 70-220VSR for $533 plus freight at Circle Saw in Houston. Unfortunately, they called the next day to say it would be a week to 10 days before they got them back in stock, so I should have it the week after next. If I can’t figure out how to build the stand I might just buy the one from Robust, its only $600 and looks stout.

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#10 posted 03-05-2018 03:13 PM

Turns out that CircleSaw still hasn’t placed the order, so I cancelled. (Bill was very pleasant.) I then placed an order for the Jet 1221VS thru Rockler. Too impatient, I know. Once it gets here I’ll build a stand.

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