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height for turning?

I have a full size Jet lathe. I bought it with the stand. I feel that I am bending over to far. My back starts to hurt after awhile. I'm just under 6' tall. I would think with buying the stand, it would be of the right height. Is there a rule of thumb how high the lathe should be? I thought I heard someone say that the wood should be at your elbow with your arm hanging down. Advise is welcome.

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-30-2008, 06:42 AM
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Im new to turning as well. I just bought a Rikon lathe and figured I would make my own stand for it b/c I could make it beefier than the store bought one's and I'm 6'5" and usually have to modify things to keep the back pain away. I had read that your elbow needed to be the same height as the center of your headstock as well. I built mine that height and so far it has worked really well for me.

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Brian,
I too have the full size jet. I am about 5'-11" and it seems to be a very comfortable working height for me. I don't find myself leaning over at all. Are you standing on concrete? I use rubber mats throughout the shop. Sometimes my back will start to ache just from standing on the concrete. I have always heard the same thing about your elbows being about the same height as the c/l of the headstock. If it proves to be too low, maybe you could get a heavy duty set of lockable wheels to raise it up some. If not, maybe try shimming with different thicknesses of wood to try different heights.
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I like to have my lathe spindle at elbow height. I'm a lot shorter than you guys. I think the Jet mini stand has a lot of adjustment but I don't know how high it goes. The one I demo on at our club is the right height for me and it's in one of the lower settings.
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I built a table to put my lathe on, right about where my elbow is
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