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Bandersnatch17/05/2019 18:28:12
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Just to buck the trend ....

If it were happening to me, posture isn't the first thing I'd consider. I know when I'm doing fine/finicky work I tend to tense up which leads to clenching of the abdominal/chest muscles. This can lead to a residual ache in that area.

Usually I find some lesser task to do as well to give me frequent breaks.

Edited By Bandersnatch on 17/05/2019 18:29:08

Hopper18/05/2019 00:52:26
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Posted by mick H on 17/05/2019 16:30:25:

I have raised the lathe so that the mandrel is at about 40 inches and this is useful.

That is still about 8 to 10 inches lower than mine, which sits on top of a 40 inch bench, plus two-inch risers. But if you are 5'2" tall it should work

It was a rotten guestimate of mine Hopper. It is my bench that is 40 inches and the lathe mandrel at 50 inches so about the same as yours. I was out and about today in the garden doing allsorts including lifting and some ladderwork without a hint of discomfort. I have an hypothesis forming......I am becoming allergic to model engineering.


You could try drinking beer and see if that eases the allergy...

Or it might be more a matter of taking breaks, doing stretches or other tasks etc. None of us getting any younger and it is surprising how many hours disappear quickly when involved in a job.

mick H18/05/2019 08:26:34
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Hopper/Bandersnatch. Both right. I also have the habit, my wife tells me, of holding my breath when doing finicky bits. That probably doesn't help.


Bandersnatch18/05/2019 17:35:01
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Posted by mick H on 18/05/2019 08:26:34:

I also have the habit, my wife tells me, of holding my breath when doing finicky bits.

Me too. Not to mention sticking my tongue out blush

pgk pgk18/05/2019 20:38:36
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One suggestion not mentioned is spectacles. Often the reason for hunching over fiddly work is to peer at it and most of us are old enough to need specs. It may well be worth getting a pair made specifically for the focal distance from work to correct stance for doing that work.

Also take care of using magnification. I owned a superbly expensive magnifying headset for fine surgical work but it really depended on keeping one's head in a narrow golden distance from the project - made the surgery easy but gave one a horrid stiff neck doing it.


Bandersnatch19/05/2019 01:26:48
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Cheap, over the counter "reading glasses" in several dioptres fufil my shop needs.

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