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#1 posted 07-27-2017 02:03 AM

So I have a 3 car garage shop. Everything is on castors so I can move things to work on a car, but I never park in the shop anymore.
I did the same thing that you are planning. I had electrician friend help to make sure I bought the right supplies. Did all the work myself, then had the electrician come back and do all the finish work. As for as wire choices. I used what I was told to use by my friend. He is a pro and knew.what the codes were.
I ran 2, 20amp 110v circuits into my shop to start with.
I put both circuits into a two gang box, and have 1 circuit on the left and one on the right. One box on each wall.
Since both are together, local code allowed for the 2 circuits to share a neutral, and ground wire. Saved a bunch on wire. And three years now works fine.
I am only ever using one tool at a time, but I ran two circuits so that I can run my dust collector and any tool on separate circuits.
I just added 220v last year. New 17” band saw was first 220v tool. And had table saw switched to 220v at same time.
Local code says only 1 outlet on a 220v circuit. So since I will never be using both saws at the same time I only added the 1.
My garage was already finished, so all the conduit is exposed inside the shop.
This makes adding to the 110v system very easy if I ever choose too. And I may add a box on two walls some day. Also my shop has totally changed how it is laid out as my tool inventory has grown. Soon to be 4 times. So having an outlet for every tool would have been a waste for me. Plus I no longer have room to give every tool a dedicated spot. I now have a corner to store tools that are not in use at the moment.
Keep shop layout in mind as you get going. I never thought I would be rearranging the layout like I have.
As I get ready to move again. My table saw, bench, and dust collector are on casters, but never move.
My lathe, band saw, and miter saw only move when absolutely must. The rest, jointer, planer, drill press, etc. Get pushed to a corner to be moved as needed.
Almost forgot, two separate outlets in the ceiling for the air filter, and retractable extension cord reel. I used a cord reel that has 12g. Wire. Look for that, most are 16g.
Mini split a/c will be added this fall/winter. And will be wired at time of install.
My shop is not 100% woodworking either. I have about a 3rd of my wall space as storage for the house. I also added a shop sink, and room for all my automotive tools.
Good luck,

-- John

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