Our club has purchased a Universal stand for future training, The intent is to have the sit down lathe available for those who need it or wish to try it out. It will not be set for one particular person but available to all who feel the need to use it/try it out. That is why I am questioning a nominal spindle height. I think I can lower the height by 3-4 inches by using the tilt function just not sure where to start. Thanks for the references. I will check them out.Have you looked at the Turning with Physical Limitations pages on the AAW website? There's some useful information there:
There are also a few posts on the Woodturning Health and Safety forum that might be worth a look:
A place to discuss topics related to woodturning with physical limitations, the Woodturning Beyond Barriers Program, Personal Protective Equipment, and other health and safety issueswww.aawforum.org
In reality the answer to this is the same for any turner - it depends on you and what you turn. But elbow height is a good starting point.
You don't say whether your question is regarding a lathe for just yourself, or if it's intended to be used by others.
My lathe is adjustable in height and can be adjusted between my seated elbow height, and that of a tall standing student.
For my use I vary the height a bit depending on what I am turning i.e. whether I want to get really close with my knees under the bed, or whether I need to sit a back a little and have the more ideal spindle at elbow height for larger projects.
you will get some ranges from Robust and ONEWAY.Any information on the nominal spindle height for a sit down lathe.
Todd, how do you get the spindle height where you want it? Are your lathes modified for a lower spindle height or do you have a high seat (or do you have a tall upper body)? What do you use for a seat?I'm a seated turner. Wish I would have seen this post earlier. Happy to answer any questions. I have a Robust American Beauty and a Laguna 18/36. Both work quite well for the seated turner. And yes, Brent is a great resource. I worked with him when ordering my AB. My spindle is at about the same level as my lower chest. I try to maintain similar spindle height to the standing turner, to avoid excessive shoulder strain.
George, the same question to you. Did you modify your Powermatic stand height?I turn sitting down. What I do and how I do it has evolved over time. As a stating point spindle height even with your elbow while seated is a good goal. I’ve tried using a stool. Have settled on a pneumatically adjustable rolling office chair, seems to be the best solution for now. Seated turning has required some adaptive changes in tool presentation. Additionally given the relationship of the lathe to my face have caused me to always wear a face shield and safety glasses. I would be willing to correspond about this if you want.