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Steinbierz

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04-08-2020 04:34 PM

As I have mentioned in a few other posts, I am currently running wiring, lights, etc. in a 1500 sq. ft. building that I am turning into a woodshed. Attached is a picture of a sectioned off area that I want to put my lathe in. The rectangle is to scale representing the overall footprint of the lathe. The headstock is on the open side of the room with the tailstock facing the wall. I am wondering what experienced wood turners would consider the minimum space needed around a full size lathe. All blocks on the picture are 1 foot so right now I have approximately 3’ planned for each side of the lathe. The wall is in place as well as the workbench to the right; I have not built the workbench/storage on the left and am starting to wonder if I should build that or just make storage shelves and not have a bench so that I can move the lathe over and have a little more room. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

-- Larry ~ Alvin, TX (Home of Nolan Ryan)


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#1 posted 04-08-2020 04:45 PM

I think the question would be better answered if we know what lathe you have and what you plan on using it for. I personally have all of my lathes up against a wall, and very little space on either side; really just enough so I can get a knockout rod in the headstock. I don’t have any reason to get behind them, don’t do any outboard turning, and rarely turn anything that is the full length of the bed. YMMV.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Steinbierz

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#2 posted 04-08-2020 04:50 PM



I think the question would be better answered if we know what lathe you have and what you plan on using it for. I personally have all of my lathes up against a wall, and very little space on either side; really just enough so I can get a knockout rod in the headstock. I don t have any reason to get behind them, don t do any outboard turning, and rarely turn anything that is the full length of the bed. YMMV.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

I have a Robust American Beauty long bed with an extension. I am going to use it for spindle and bowl turning and would like to learn hollow form turning. My son, who we are really building the shop for as a potential business when he retires from the Coast Guard, is the accomplished wood turner…I am a beginner. The American Beauty is an early retirement present for him! ;)

-- Larry ~ Alvin, TX (Home of Nolan Ryan)

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#3 posted 04-08-2020 05:22 PM

Nice lathe, lucky son.

-- Daniel, Pontiac, MI

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#4 posted 04-08-2020 06:03 PM

If those are open shelves on either side, you might want some curtains or something to keep the dust and debris out/off of them.

My 2nd thought is you really don’t need as much room behind the lathe as you need in front of it, but then again, cleaning up will be easier if you can easily get back there, and of course you will also need room to access the shelves (and what’s on them?).

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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#5 posted 04-08-2020 07:06 PM

+1 for placing lathe against a wall. Ideally a wall with window recommended but necessary. My lathe against the wall without a window!

-- Bill

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#6 posted 04-08-2020 07:55 PM

Wouldn’t shelves in there just collect dust and chips? Maybe if the were cabinets the mess wouldn’t be as bad.

-- Daniel, Pontiac, MI

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#7 posted 04-08-2020 10:25 PM

Agree with the comments. I have two lathes in different shops, both backed up to (and attached to) a wall. On one I have the bench grinder sitting on the bed rails at the far right end (which I doubt you’ll ever use).

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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Steinbierz

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#8 posted 04-08-2020 10:33 PM



Nice lathe, lucky son.

- Brawler

Woodworking is our passion…his even more so! He has the talent and I have the money (not rolling in it but more than he has) and, as has been said many times before, I wanted to my my/our second lathe, first.

-- Larry ~ Alvin, TX (Home of Nolan Ryan)

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Steinbierz

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#9 posted 04-08-2020 10:37 PM



If those are open shelves on either side, you might want some curtains or something to keep the dust and debris out/off of them.

My 2nd thought is you really don t need as much room behind the lathe as you need in front of it, but then again, cleaning up will be easier if you can easily get back there, and of course you will also need room to access the shelves (and what s on them?).

- AndyJ1s


If those are open shelves on either side, you might want some curtains or something to keep the dust and debris out/off of them.

My 2nd thought is you really don t need as much room behind the lathe as you need in front of it, but then again, cleaning up will be easier if you can easily get back there, and of course you will also need room to access the shelves (and what s on them?).

- AndyJ1s

I had already decided on doing some type of curtains surrounding the lathe…working out the details on that now…looking at maybe doing unistrut suspended from the ceiling.

I agree with your comment about less room behind so I will probably push the lathe a little further away from the workbench to have more space on the front side…looking at maybe 40”-42”.

-- Larry ~ Alvin, TX (Home of Nolan Ryan)

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Steinbierz

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#10 posted 04-08-2020 10:38 PM



Wouldn t shelves in there just collect dust and chips? Maybe if the were cabinets the mess wouldn t be as bad.

- Brawler

I’m hoping shelves will collect bowl blanks! ;)

-- Larry ~ Alvin, TX (Home of Nolan Ryan)

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Steinbierz

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#11 posted 04-08-2020 10:41 PM



+1 for placing lathe against a wall. Ideally a wall with window recommended but necessary. My lathe against the wall without a window!

- Wildwood

I can appreciate those that recommend putting the lathe against the wall and I have seen many videos of turners having it that way. I am pretty set though on having mine in the middle of the floor.

-- Larry ~ Alvin, TX (Home of Nolan Ryan)

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#12 posted 04-08-2020 11:54 PM

Nice Lathe, they are very messy tools, with easy clean up in mind plan accordingly. you should also incorporate a tool sharpening area near by, lathe tool racks, drawers to keep chucks and a hundred other peaces of paraphernalia from getting covered with chips, and a compressed air drop. hope this helps

-- Colombia Custom Woodworking

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Steinbierz

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#13 posted 04-09-2020 03:11 AM


Nice Lathe, they are very messy tools, with easy clean up in mind plan accordingly. you should also incorporate a tool sharpening area near by, lathe tool racks, drawers to keep chucks and a hundred other peaces of paraphernalia from getting covered with chips, and a compressed air drop. hope this helps

- Lee

Thanks…it is a beautiful, well built lathe and “Made in the USA”!

The bench that is on the wall in front of the lathe has 30 draws (picture attached) and is where I am going to keep lathe tools and other stuff. The wall on the tailstock side will be where I hang chucks (unless I put them in the bench drawers), turning tools, and misc other things. In my attached picture in my original post is a spot where I am thinking of putting my sharpening station…just don’t know how big to make it given where it is located. Thanks for the reminder about the air drop…I have been spending a lot of time bending pipe and pulling wires and keep forgetting about figuring out where to locate an air compressor and where to run the lines to.

-- Larry ~ Alvin, TX (Home of Nolan Ryan)

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#14 posted 04-09-2020 04:05 AM

I’m not a turner at all, but my wife is and she likes the grinder 1 step away from the headstock of the lathe. Also, she got these 1 1/8 inch threaded sections of rod that have bolt holes in them to attach to a wall. Basically, you thread the checks to the wall, makes them easy to get to.

-- I always knew gun nuts where afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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Steinbierz

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#15 posted 04-09-2020 12:36 PM



I’m not a turner at all, but my wife is and she likes the grinder 1 step away from the headstock of the lathe. Also, she got these 1 1/8 inch threaded sections of rod that have bolt holes in them to attach to a wall. Basically, you thread the checks to the wall, makes them easy to get to.

- RobS888

My grinder will probably be about 3 steps away. I have seen turner’s tool boards where they used heavy duty dowels that were fastened on an angle so that the chucks slipped over them but had seen the threaded rod idea. Sounds like your wife has a nice set-up!

-- Larry ~ Alvin, TX (Home of Nolan Ryan)

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