Earlier this year we had some work done on our deck and added some lighting that required us to run electric outside. Since our main distribution box was buried in the finished portion of the basement, I decided to have them run a 40 amp sub-panel into my workshop. I didn’t go over the top because I am not planning on staying in this house for ever and the price was right. The electrician left 4×20Amp breakers for me to use to wire up the shop so the question I pose to you is how best to distribute the power around the shop.
Just a couple of notes thing to consider
- I already have all the shop lighting and some 15A outlets drops on the shop ceiling above the workbench that I can plug in routers, circular saws, etc. so I don’t have to worry about that.
- Aside from low draw lighting and fan outside, this sub panel will only need to service the shop area.
- There walls/ceiling are currently only framed in so I don’t have to worry about running wire
- I have a one man shop that rarely has more than one piece of heavy equipment running simultaneously except for the DC.
- All of my tools are currently wired for 120. I don’t plan on installing any 240 outlets since I don’t think I’ll need it in this shop
- I think I would like to dedicate a circuit to the dust collector since it is on every time I fire up a major piece of equipment
- There are several places where I would like to run a double junction box so I have different circuits in close proximity (designated by two red circles close together)
So my questions for you guys are:
- Would you use all 4 circuits or would you do fewer (still leaves plenty of room in the box they installed)
- Do you see any benefit to alternating/staggering the circuits/outlets as much as possible? For example: put the band saw on Circuit 1, sanding stations on Circuit 2, router table/RAS on Circuit 2/3 double gang, and isolate DC on #4, etc to or is that overkill.
- What other things should I consider?
SUB PANEL is between band saw and table saw
RED DOTS = proposed outlet locations
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