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Lee Cowherd
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Where to put the lathe?
Jan 9th, 2017 at 8:23pm
 
I am in the process of building a new house that will have a 14x20 shop in the basement. I currently have a PM 3520b, a bandsaw, grinder, and a mitre saw. I'll probably be adding my father-in-law's table saw and drill press - maybe a jointer and router table.

Any suggestions on layout? should the lathe be along a wall or out in the middle? How many 240 vs 120v outlets should I have?

Any other suggestions?
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Reply #1 - Jan 9th, 2017 at 9:28pm
 
my lathe has always been up near a wall, about 18-20" away. i have a jet 1014VSI, so much smaller then your PM. as for 220-240 volt outlets, that will depend on your tools and how many spaces you have available in your breaker box. if you do not mind pulling plugs, one 220V outlet can be used for 2-220V tools, just put the outlet between the 2 tools and pull/plug as needed.

put up some pictures if you have any. we would love to see them.
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Reply #2 - Jan 9th, 2017 at 11:34pm
 
If you have the room to spare, position it so that you have access to both sides.
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Reply #3 - Jan 10th, 2017 at 9:08am
 
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Reply #4 - Jan 10th, 2017 at 10:37am
 
I set my 3520b on an angle from the corner of the shop. That way, i can get to the other side..which I have discovered is quite handy for getting to anything and everything that drops off the lathe.

As for outlets, i placed outlets every 4 feet, alternating between 110 and 220 boxes so there is always an outlet near by.... and each outlet has its own breaker and a number on the outlet box that matches the breaker. 

All of my outlets and conduit are on the surface of the walls. If I ever want to rearrange  the shop, it is all available, rather than in the wall and have to break thru to move stuff.
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Reply #5 - Jan 10th, 2017 at 1:37pm
 
Ralph Fahringer wrote on Jan 10th, 2017 at 10:37am:
As for outlets, i placed outlets every 4 feet, alternating between 110 and 220 boxes so there is always an outlet near by.... and each outlet has its own breaker and a number on the outlet box that matches the breaker.  All of my outlets and conduit are on the surface of the walls. If I ever want to rearrange  the shop, it is all available, rather than in the wall and have to break thru to move stuff.


I like that idea! As to location of Lathe, if space, would place it 90 Deg to wall so could work from both sides and end.

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Reply #6 - Jan 10th, 2017 at 9:55pm
 
Mine is at an angle to the wall but I would prefer ninety degrees.
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Reply #7 - Jan 13th, 2017 at 11:41am
 
I put lathe out far emough to be able to walk around it. It is the prominent tool in the shop. All my other table tools are on roller bases and can be stowed away when not in active use. Work space real estate is always a challenge to make efficient use of. 220 receptacles can be daisy chained, they do not have to be on separate circuit if you only use one tool at a time. Just put them at lots of locations so you can limit extension cord use. JMTCW.
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Reply #8 - Jan 15th, 2017 at 10:14pm
 
I'm a little late here.  In my shop I have a number of outlets on the ceiling with cords dropped to locations over my lathe and work bench.  I can used the tools with out extension cords all over the floor. 
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Reply #9 - Jan 17th, 2017 at 12:49am
 
Guy Bratt wrote on Jan 15th, 2017 at 10:14pm:
I'm a little late here.  In my shop I have a number of outlets on the ceiling with cords dropped to locations over my lathe and work bench.  I can used the tools with out extension cords all over the floor. 


That is a great way to make use of space and limit floor cords. Thumbs Up
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Reply #10 - Mar 30th, 2017 at 11:43am
 
My shop is  20 by 32.  Problem now is it also has my 2 mowers, 4 chain saws, Weed eater, blower, wheel barrow, tool boxes, wood rack, ETC...  Doesn't seem big anymore!
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Reply #11 - Apr 5th, 2017 at 10:32pm
 
My lathe is parallel to the wall, in front of a window.  Very nice to have the natural light.  A "shelf" runs from the wall to the storage cabinet under the lathe...stops stuff from falling behind the lathe.  I've got several 240 volt outlets and three machines wired direct, all on the same circuit.  Being a one-man shop, I can only use one tool at a time Smiley
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