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Most people prefer about center height of the spindle to be elbow height. I like mine about 1.5" higher. Make sure you anticipate riser blocks between the stand and the lathe to make chip removal easier.
 

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Jeff, from what I've heard, the head stock center should be the heigth of your elbow. I built mine about 4" higher because I broke my neck about 5 years ago, and now I don't have to bend my neck as much. I think the elbow dimension is a starting point.
Set your lathe on a table, put some wood build up under it until you get to a comfortable height. Then you will have a starting point to work from. .............. Jerry (in Tucson)
 

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Vibration is your biggest issue with a stand. Definitely overbuild it and make sure you have a way of locking the stand directly to the ground and not just on wheels. Also consider having a spot you can fill with rocks or sand for added weight.
 

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Here is one man's thought process which should allow you make something with materials you have on hand.

http://www.cranialstorage.com/Wood/lathe_stand.html

Have made three wood lathe stands over the years two had splayed legs for stability and one for a mini lathe had square legs. Used the same thought process for measuring stand height outlined in the article.

Today will see folks building cabinets on wheels, splayed legs, and trestle leg styles designed lathe stands.
 
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