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Offline fatal-exception

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Lathe Height
« on: September 06, 2017, 11:55:35 AM »
Hey guys. I'm debating building some stilts for my lathe stands to bring up the center height. The old back gets a bit sore after hunching over for extended periods.

What's the ideal center height? I'm 5'8" (173cm) so I would say about average height. Why does it seem that all import lathes are too short? This is my second lathe, and it's the same center height +/- as my first Craftex lathe.

Thanks for any input.

Paul

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Re: Lathe Height
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2017, 12:57:58 PM »
Hi Paul, I think the recommendation is that the centre height is the distance from the floor to your elbow, with your lower arm held horizontally across your stomach.
I raised my Boxford approximately 4" and I find it's perfect. I'm about the same height as you.

Graham

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Re: Lathe Height
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2017, 01:57:45 PM »
Hi Paul -- I grew up with the same advice as Graham gave you, but in my later life (now 63) I have raised my spindles by 4 inches to make micrometers and dial indicators more readable to my (now) bespectacled eyes.

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Re: Lathe Height
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2017, 03:18:39 PM »
For me its the height of the handles , if you are hunched over using manual feed , for any lenth of time my back and sholders hurt .
Jeff

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Re: Lathe Height
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2017, 03:30:20 PM »
Have you considered using a high stool?

Works for me at 186cm tall and with a dodgy back.

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Re: Lathe Height
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2017, 03:49:52 PM »
63? You're a toungster Lew. I'm well into 65  :D

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Re: Lathe Height
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2017, 04:02:32 PM »
You're both youngsters - I'm 68 today  :lol:
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Re: Lathe Height
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2017, 04:21:40 PM »
Happy birthday Andrew  :beer:

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Re: Lathe Height
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2017, 04:58:12 PM »
Sorry to high-jack the thread!

You're both youngsters - I'm 68 today  :lol:

Happy Birthday Andrew!!

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Re: Lathe Height
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2017, 05:00:40 PM »
You're both youngsters - I'm 68 today  :lol:
Happy birthday  :beer:
Fron the young one, on only 2A years (or was it 42  :smart:  )

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Re: Lathe Height
« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2017, 05:03:16 PM »
Thanks chaps - I have to pinch myself and calculate these days to check how old I am - certainly don't feel 68 until something needs doing down at ground level, then reality sinks in  :lol:
Andrew Mawson
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Re: Lathe Height
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2017, 06:46:09 PM »
Agree with everyone else, get the twirly bits at or above elbow height.  I'm 5'9" and my mini lathe spindle centreline is at 4'2".  I'm an arthritic 70, as of last Monday..............
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Re: Lathe Height
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2017, 06:49:46 PM »
The elbow height check was originally given for setting the height of vice jaws. This is so the hacksaw cuts nicely at 90 to the work piece (set flush'ish with top of jaws).

A long long time ago when I first set up my ML7 I set the top of the compound slide to "elbow" height. 
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Re: Lathe Height
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2017, 02:41:20 AM »
I am 6' tall and have my spindle at just over 4' and I still find myself stooping over it. I would like it another 3" higher.

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Re: Lathe Height
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2017, 04:33:34 AM »
Yup,
     Elbow height is good but I'm coming to the conclusion as I begin my 77th orbit of the sun that Elbow plus a hand might be better.
      As Lew said the closer the better for spectacle wearers (Within reason else the loupe might be needed).
     Andrew M , I find that floor level stuff really becomes a problem when trying to get back up. Gravity really works against me then.
John B
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Re: Lathe Height
« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2017, 07:31:28 AM »
Sorry to high-jack the thread!

You're both youngsters - I'm 68 today  :lol:

Happy Birthday Andrew!!
 

+1 from me, congratulations.

I've got to say it - I'll see your 68 and raise you 12!!   :D   :D   :D   :lol:   :lol:   :lol: 
(and that was back in April!) 
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Re: Lathe Height
« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2017, 12:45:33 PM »
Sorry to high-jack the thread!

You're both youngsters - I'm 68 today  :lol:

Happy Birthday Andrew!!
 


I can add a Magnificent Seven- and make it 87!

Cheers me dears!

Norm

+1 from me, congratulations.

I've got to say it - I'll see your 68 and raise you 12!!   :D   :D   :D   :lol:   :lol:   :lol: 
(and that was back in April!)

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Re: Lathe Height
« Reply #17 on: September 08, 2017, 04:09:17 PM »
Blimey a collection of "SAGA LOUTS", who'd have guessed.  :jaw: :proj: :jaw: :jaw:

Wishing you all many more years to pass on your collective wisdom to us all ,😇

Ian

Ps I built all. My lathe workbenches to give me centre height just above elbow level, but fotgot to allow for the thickness of the worktop on the wood lathe( oops 🤢) but on the bright side that makes planing cuts with a skew chisel much easier to do !

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Re: Lathe Height
« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2017, 04:54:41 AM »
Blimey a collection of "SAGA LOUTS", who'd have guessed.  :jaw: :proj: :jaw: :jaw:

Wishing you all many more years to pass on your collective wisdom to us all ,😇

Ian

Ps I built all. My lathe workbenches to give me centre height just above elbow level, but fotgot to allow for the thickness of the worktop on the wood lathe( oops 🤢) but on the bright side that makes planing cuts with a skew chisel much easier to do !
 

Oops!!  Sorry, I tried to include a web link but the FaceBook log-in page got in the way!!!

Best regards,

Pete W.

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