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By Robbo3
Mdhazell wrote:I suffer from arthritis as well so am interested in this although mine hasn't progressed to far yet. Rather than sitting have you thought about rigging something up so you can lean? Something like an angled tall bar stool so that you can take the weight off your hips/knees but without having to sit down fully. That way you would still retain the full movement you would need.

I'd forgotten all about this until your post.
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By Mdhazell
That's the sort of thing I had in mind but perhaps with a sharper angle (he mentions 4.5 degrees), I was thinking of maybe 35 - 45 degrees and just leaning rather than sitting on it.
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By Robbo3
Phill joiner wrote:What about leaning the lathe over at 45. Just a thought

I mentioned that in an earlier post ie a tilted Oneway lathe specially designed for those who have difficulty using a lathe in it's standard orientation. :)
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By Paul.J
Nice idea for the leaning/sit on bench which I think would give you more easy access round the work piece?
The lathes I have mentioned in my opening post are all designed to sit down at and all tilt forward but was hoping someone had first hand experience of using one.
Anyway it looks like I would have to part with the Vicmarc unfortunately :(
By cymelbushby
I am also disabled using a wheelchair and i can use my crutches sometimes
i have m/s Parkinsons arthritis just to say a few
i use my perching stool to sit/stand at my lathe i find it more comfortable than the wheelchair , the seat is set at a 40 degree so i rest and sit slightly on the stool
but i also have a lot of chisels that i have adjusted and reground to do the cutting
it has been hit and miss over the years to get the angels and comfort but in time you will be able to sort it out your self
hope this helps
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By Paul.J
Thank you both.
The leaning against seat is looking favourite at the moment but until I am able to try I won't know what will suit me best.
I do have a complete lathe stand from an older lathe I once had and was thinking of modifying that to suit so those plans will be useful if I go down that route but think I would prefer a dedicated sit down lathe.
I was also thinking of the Union Graduate bowl lathe which would give me better access I think as I could sit right in front of the work plus they are lower to start off with, so loads of thinking and hopefully trying out before I make my mind up??