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04-04-2018 06:41 PM

I just got a Jet JWL-1236 lathe and I’m trying to get a feel for where I should set it up. I’m working out of half of a 2 car garage, so space is at an extremely high premium. I am half tempted to put it in the basement where I have a little bit of space, since it’s not necessarily a critical tool for building projects.

But I’d like to hear from others on where they have their lathes and the reasoning behind it.


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#1 posted 04-04-2018 06:56 PM

I’ve got my Delta 10×36 sitting out on the back patio (covered/screened), my PM45 out on the front patio (covered/screened), my South Bend #415 sitting in a spare room in the house, along with my little Unimat which is perched on top of a Workmate and gets moved around from time to time depending on what I’m working on. I would love to keep the woodworking lathes in the shop or garage, but there is no where near the room they need. Heck, I have a Makita 2030 jointer/planer sitting in the living room (wife just loves that!). You make due with what you got, and no matter how much room you have, you will always find a way to fill it :)


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#2 posted 04-04-2018 08:12 PM

How is the humidity in your basement? You don’t want it to rust. Also I tend to generate a lot of dust when I use my lathe, especially when sanding so you will want to figure out how to collect that.
You might put wheels on it so you can roll it around and even outside the garage in good weather. That will raise the height of the lathe bed relative to your own working height so you might need a platform to stand on unless you can find wheels that can be raised and lowered. Maybe find a dolly heavy enough to move the lathe out to work with it.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 04-04-2018 08:17 PM

I don’t think it’s too humid down there, but I guess the dust could be an issue. It did come with a dust shield that I could attach a shopvac too. Uhhh, where’s my 25’x25’ shop when you need it? Lol

Here’s a pic of it along with the chisels that came with it

I’m super excited to start using it.

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#4 posted 04-04-2018 08:59 PM

Too much dust for a basement. Enjoy it!

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#5 posted 04-04-2018 09:10 PM

Dang Steve, them are some real nice lathe tools!

As for advice as where to put it, I like being able to go back and forth from the saws to the lathe during a project, so, closer is better for me.

For yourself, you need to determine which is more important to you – proximity, or, available square footage of real estate in your shop.

Back when I worked in 1/2 of a 2 car garage, I had to keep my tools on mobile bases. They had storage positions and the operating positions – once the car came out of the other half of the garage.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#6 posted 04-04-2018 10:29 PM

I would put it in the garage. It is one of the messiest tools you’ll ever own so if you are able to put it on wheels, you can move it out the driveway when the weather permits turning outside, making cleanup much easier. I would also want to be near my bandsaw since I use it a quite a bit while turning to prepare blanks.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#7 posted 04-04-2018 10:41 PM

Put it in the biggest space available, it will soon be surrounded with jam chucks, sanding parts and material, tools galore and a trash can for the chips. You might as well, it will take over your life anyway

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#8 posted 04-04-2018 11:24 PM

I think what you need to find is another place big enough to store your car.

Gotta have your priorities straight!

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#9 posted 04-04-2018 11:42 PM

I would try to go for the garage if possible due to the shavings and dust.
My shop is small also. A lathe needs a firm footprint and unless really well made I don’t think casters are a good idea because of shaking.
But… another tool (which may become worthless except for a place to store turning tools) just needs good, lockable casters to move when needed. Of course this is the table saw which can be rolled out from its place in the corner when needed.

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#10 posted 04-05-2018 12:40 AM

Next to a window, you’ll appreciate the extra light.

-- Rick M,

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#11 posted 04-05-2018 01:54 PM

One more question on this lathe. Is there anything I should inspect or replace before digging in and using it?

It sounded smooth when it was running and the speed lever worked fine as well.

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#12 posted 04-05-2018 04:34 PM

Next to a window, you ll appreciate the extra light.

- Woodknack

Good light is important but when I had mine in front of the window it cost me $200 for a new window when a (badly mounted) bowl came off the lathe. A good goose neck light works great and my lathe now faces away from the window. That is only the 2nd time in 25 years a piece has come off the lathe.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#13 posted 04-05-2018 05:02 PM

Good point Les. I’m not into bowls but a shield is probably a good idea. Sunlight coming in at an angle as fill light and my main light shining down toward the front let’s me see everything. Too much artificial light kills shadows. I’ve moved my lathe around the shop and prefer the window. I’d really like to move it outside.

-- Rick M,

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#14 posted 04-05-2018 07:03 PM

Like already noted I would use the garage. I have a small Rikon lathe snd it makes a big mess. You may want to put on stand with wheels to move it around, As someone already noted you will soon have wood blanks and chucks to mess with.

-- Damon, Oklahoma

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#15 posted 04-05-2018 07:36 PM

Alright, it seems in the garage on wheels is the way to go.

After getting this thing off my truck, I was dreading trying to get it into my basement anyways. lol

I can’t wait to start messing around on it

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