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Forum topic by pommy posted 04-22-2011 03:17 PM 1636 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-22-2011 03:17 PM

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Hi guys one quick question what is the correct hight for a lathe bench if this helps im 5 foot 10”

quick reply needed please


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#1 posted 04-22-2011 03:33 PM

I thought the center of the spindle should be 1-2” above the height of your elbow.

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#2 posted 04-22-2011 03:57 PM

I run mine with the spindle even with my elbow. That way I can raise the tool handle for hollowing and scraping and drop it for doing bowls.

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#3 posted 04-22-2011 04:41 PM

Elbow hight is average.
Dont fix it at first use blocks to decide the most comfortable height.
Then mount it.


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#4 posted 04-22-2011 04:57 PM

cr1, are you reading the original question? Andy said he is 5’10” tall. He said he is wanting to know the correct height for a lathe bench. Nothing was said about other kinds of work benches.

The correct height for a lathe bench is generally considered to be, as Alan and Roper said, related to your elbow height. Some users prefer the spindle height a little above the elbow and some prefer a little below or even level with it. The bench height will be the spindle height minus the lathe height from spindle to base. On my lathe that is 12”. Yours might be different.

The height is critical for comfort and you should, if possible, provide a way to fine tune the height. I made my bench an inch lower than I thought I would want it; so I could add spacers later if needed. I have heard of folks who build a platform to stand on in front of the lathe because they decided it was too high. Too low will cause back pain for sure.

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#5 posted 04-22-2011 09:50 PM

guys thank you for your input all is taken on board and i will post the finished bench as i finish it wont be pretty but functional i hope
CRANK i think your right on the adjustment idea i will let you all know how it go’s or if i need more help but thanks again


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#6 posted 04-24-2011 04:46 AM

I am 6’ even, and I like the center of my tool rest to be at 38” to 39” off the floor. So depending on your lathe…

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