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    Default Centre height on the Hafco Mini?

    Does anyone know the height of the centre of the Hafco WL-14 mini lathe above the bench?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redbeard View Post
    Does anyone know the height of the centre of the Hafco WL-14 mini lathe above the bench?

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    Hi redbeard , I thought the centre of any lathe was the same as your bent elbow height when standing In front of the lathe !
    Cheers smiife

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    I have this lathe and from the bottom of the feet to the centre of the spindle is 375mm or thereabouts.

    here is my set up and probably 20-50mm too high, but I haven't had a crook back yet. There is no leaning over ie hunched. I used the method Smiife described above. I'm 6'2" and this is ideal for me probably a tad too high but it's a big job to cut the table legs down. The height to the top of the table is 900.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fumbler View Post
    I have this lathe and from the bottom of the feet to the centre of the spindle is 375mm or thereabouts.

    here is my set up and probably 20-50mm too high, but I haven't had a crook back yet. There is no leaning over ie hunched. I used the method Smiife described above. I'm 6'2" and this is ideal for me probably a tad too high but it's a big job to cut the table legs down. The height to the top of the table is 900.

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    Thanks Fumbler. I took delivery of my lathe on the weekend and the bench build will start in earnest tomorrow. Mine won't be quite as flash as yours but it'll be a good base to start from. I'm aiming for about 1050mm high as that's what I'm used to with my current lathe. Have you bolted the lathe to the bench?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redbeard View Post
    Thanks Fumbler. I took delivery of my lathe on the weekend and the bench build will start in earnest tomorrow. Mine won't be quite as flash as yours but it'll be a good base to start from. I'm aiming for about 1050mm high as that's what I'm used to with my current lathe. Have you bolted the lathe to the bench?

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    Redbeard
    Nice. No it's not caged and did one hell of a dance whilst turning this

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    But it settled down once it got to this

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    The block started out 220 diameter 150 high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fumbler View Post
    Nice. No it's not caged and did one hell of a dance whilst turning this

    IMG_5509.jpg

    But it settled down once it got to this

    IMG_5533.jpg IMG_5534.jpg

    The block started out 220 diameter 150 high.
    Nice work. I've got a few cranky pieces I'm itching to have a go at so I'm thinking mine might get attached. My bench will be open underneath so I'll be able to get some long bolts or some threaded rod into the holes for the feet. Must be how it gets mounted on the stand.

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    I went out to Hare & Forbes and asked if they had a floor plan for the bolts but they said no. So I think I will grind some bolts to a point screw em in and mark where I need to drill, then secure it for the next block of burl.

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    I figured a little work with tape measure and ruler plus some slightly oversized holes to account for dodgy measurements would suffice.

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