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#1 posted 09-24-2017 03:02 PM

I’ve had mine for about 10 years so this is just my experience; I do use the legs that come with it.

A bench may make it more difficult to clean under the ways. I would be a little leery of building a platform to stand on just because I tend to get forgetful now. I trip easily enough as it is.
A bench would probably get in the way of an outrigger. That said, I did buy the outrigger when I bought mine and a few years ago sold it at a $100 loss; the only thing it was ever used for was to hold the knock-out bar and for that it was great. If you want to turn larger items I will direct you to a video that shows a different approach which is much better IMHO at the same or lower cost. The different approach would allow you to have an outrigger when needed as well as bed extension when needed.

I have not bolted mine down or added ballast. If you bolt it down it will probably be difficult to adjust the height.
After adjusting the feet properly (as per Lyle Jamieson video) about 60% of initial vibration was removed. It does still shake sometimes but nothing major. I have thought of adding ballast but if I do I would add a heavy angle iron bracket across the legs then a stout shelf between. Add bags of sand as you wish…pretty cheap. I also thought of adding a bar at each end and keep my eyes out for free work-out weights (normally 120 lbs sets?) on Craigslist.

I haven’t needed the bed extension. That said I do swivel the headstock almost 100% of the time when hollowing a bowl. As well as a more comfortable stance the tool handles will not hit the tailstock. If you do not swivel the headstock you may need to remove the tailstock to give clearance to longer tool handles.

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