Joseph I made my stand a little higher. My spindle height would have put my spindle height at 44 1/2". I made mine to where the height to the spindle is right at 47". It does help like Frank said on the back bending. I would definitely make a ballast box when you build the stand for stability. The opening under the motor should be big enough that the chips will fall thru. I would make a opening at least half the bed length. This will allow the chips to drop away from the lathe and make clean up a lot easier.
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