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post #1 of 5 Old 11-04-2011, 06:05 AM Thread Starter
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Question Help please I want to get back to turning.

I have a painful back problem and I cannot stand for very long- five minutes at most. I had to give up turning some years ago as I could not stand at my lathe. I would like to start again. I considered lowering the lathe stand and using a chair but I dont think that being static would work. Some sort of stool on castors looks a better bet. Has anyone any experience and can advise.
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Have you considered treatments such as spinal decompression? I was skeptical at first but after the treatments and physical therapy that went with it my back has improved dramatically.

As for working on the lathe I would probably consider getting a padded chair with castors that would move easily, something tall enough but that won't get in your way with arms and such. You will probably have to sweep up the shavings more frequently depending on what you are working on, but I see no reason you can't do at least some turning while sitting and just stand when you need to perhaps.

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You can work sitting down or partially sitting on a stool. I taught a turner in a wheel chair many years ago. We took a mini lathe and set it on boards that were on stands tall enough he could move his legs under the board. The we tilted it about 10 or 15 degrees toward him to make it easier to use the tools.
I had minor back back problem a few years ago and could not stand for very long. I had an order to get out so I used a stool and sort of stood with the stool supporting much of my weight. I was able to turn for most of the day using that method.
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If you want to get fancy, Oneway makes a lathe designed to be used while sitting.
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