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Forum topic by 3285jeff posted 11-14-2014 12:15 PM 932 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-14-2014 12:15 PM

im going to build me a lathe stand for my lathe ,,,what would anyone consider to be the proper height,,im 5:7,,thank you for your comments


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#1 posted 11-14-2014 12:59 PM

Generally, you want the lathe drive spindle to be about elbow height.

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#2 posted 11-14-2014 01:01 PM

Most people prefer about center height of the spindle to be elbow height. I like mine about 1.5” higher. Make sure you anticipate riser blocks between the stand and the lathe to make chip removal easier.

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#3 posted 11-14-2014 01:16 PM

Jeff, from what I’ve heard, the head stock center should be the heigth of your elbow. I built mine about 4” higher because I broke my neck about 5 years ago, and now I don’t have to bend my neck as much. I think the elbow dimension is a starting point.
Set your lathe on a table, put some wood build up under it until you get to a comfortable height. Then you will have a starting point to work from. .............. Jerry (in Tucson)

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#4 posted 11-14-2014 01:56 PM

Vibration is your biggest issue with a stand. Definitely overbuild it and make sure you have a way of locking the stand directly to the ground and not just on wheels. Also consider having a spot you can fill with rocks or sand for added weight.

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#5 posted 11-14-2014 03:07 PM

What lathe did you wind up buying?

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#6 posted 11-14-2014 03:31 PM

Here is one man’s thought process which should allow you make something with materials you have on hand.

http://www.cranialstorage.com/Wood/lathe_stand.html

Have made three wood lathe stands over the years two had splayed legs for stability and one for a mini lathe had square legs. Used the same thought process for measuring stand height outlined in the article.

Today will see folks building cabinets on wheels, splayed legs, and trestle leg styles designed lathe stands.

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#7 posted 11-14-2014 06:30 PM

Here’s mine … not so much a stand as a rolling cabinet:
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-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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