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Forum topic by Rick Bailey posted 12-06-2014 01:54 AM 1050 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rick Bailey

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12-06-2014 01:54 AM

Dose it work out better to have the lathe against a wall or out in the middle of the room?

I don’t have a lot of room to work with because of all the other big tools, with that said I’ll need to bolt the thing to the floor sooner or later. Just wondering what you guys did, pics would help me a lot.

Thanks,
Rick

-- I'll bulid your dream,you tear it down.


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Grandpa

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#1 posted 12-06-2014 02:16 AM

I have always used the lathe near a wall. Might be me but it seems natural that way. I have a shows with 2 overhead doors in the same wall. The lathe goes between those doors perfectly. I also made it easy to mount dust collection behind the lathe.

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#2 posted 12-06-2014 02:30 AM

Definitely against a wall. The lathe will never need to be in the middle of a room whereas large pieces of stock might need that room. At the very least you may need that space for assembly at some point.

Leave enough room between the lathe and the wall to get behind it if you need to clean back there etc.

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emart

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#3 posted 12-06-2014 02:37 AM

you could also put its stand on locking wheels so you can move it around as needed. I keep mine against a wall but i also do not have much choice in the matter. All my tools are against the walls of my gambrel shed

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Rick Bailey

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#4 posted 12-06-2014 03:01 AM



I have always used the lathe near a wall. Might be me but it seems natural that way. I have a shows with 2 overhead doors in the same wall. The lathe goes between those doors perfectly. I also made it easy to mount dust collection behind the lathe.

- Grandpa


Grandpa,
Thank you for your input I always like reading your post, but sir I did not understand “I have a shows with 2 overhead doors in the same wall. The lathe goes between those doors perfectly. I also made it easy to mount dust collection ”

Minorhero,
Great minds think alike.

emart,
This guy is too big to put on wheels, I feel I need to bolt it to the floor for safety.
Keep it coming guys, I’m realty enjoying the input.
Best,
Rick

-- I'll bulid your dream,you tear it down.

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Mark

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#5 posted 12-06-2014 04:15 AM

Hey Rick. You never said how dig your tool is. :) If it’s a bigun’ I can’t help ya. I have a midi lathe on a rolling stand I built with 2×4’s. I’m stuck in a single car garage, but it works great.

-- Mark

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bondogaposis

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#6 posted 12-06-2014 04:42 AM

I use mine against the outfeed table of my table saw. I set up so the ways are at the same level as the outfeed table.

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Florida_Jim

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#7 posted 12-06-2014 01:54 PM

In my spatailly challenged shop, I have mine on a mobile base.
I can move it to where it’s most convenient.

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#8 posted 12-06-2014 02:37 PM

I have a Nova DVR mounted on a stand I made that I am able to roll around since I don’t have a wall to keep it against. I find that it is nice to be able to walk around the lathe while adjusting blanks and makes it easier for cleanup. .

-- mrg

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hairy

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#9 posted 12-06-2014 02:51 PM

Mine is out in the open. I turn from both sides.
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LeeMills

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#10 posted 12-06-2014 03:16 PM

Mine is against the wall with a cabinet behind it (on the wall) to hold almost every turning item/tool. No I don’t have to reach across spinning wood to get an item. I use a simple $10 extension for the air gun to blow the shaving out from behind it.
Others mentioned the convenience of your dust collector to the area and you will probably also need a movable cart for tools if it is in the center of the shop.
110v is not much of a concern but if you need 220v is it available in the center without additional wiring?

Some folks who do hollowing set it with the headstock against the wall with the lathe 90; others angle the lathe 45. Depends on what you want to turn, whether your headstock pivots or slides, and other considerations.

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#11 posted 12-06-2014 04:44 PM

Mine is on a rolling cabinet …
Click for details

This arrangement gives me the most flexibility … my shop is only 14’ x 23’, so I need to reposition tools depending on the project at hand. At some point in the next year or two, I plan to graduate to one of the ‘big boy lathes’ (e.g. Robust, Powermatic, etc.) which means I will need to do some reconfiguration.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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GT350

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#12 posted 12-06-2014 04:44 PM

I don’t use my lathe a lot but mine is against a wall and I haven’t had any problems, I just sweep under it. As far as bolting it down, if it is vibrating a lot, you might consider adding weight like sandbags to the bottom. Mine is a Jet with heavy cast iron legs and it doesn’t move at all.
Mike

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John

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#13 posted 12-06-2014 06:12 PM

Hi Rick. My small lathe is on wheels. My large one is bolted to the floor by the wall, not ideal but unless I get a huge shop that is where it will be. The only thing I notice is when using my longest gouge and working out from the centre of a bowl the butt of the gouge is almost touching the wall.
John

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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Rick M

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#14 posted 12-06-2014 06:24 PM

I’ve done both, preference is against a wall. If I had a really large lathe and only did turning, I might move it away from the wall.

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Rick Bailey

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#15 posted 12-06-2014 06:49 PM



Hey Rick. You never said how dig your tool is. :) If it s a bigun I can t help ya. I have a midi lathe on a rolling stand I built with 2×4 s. I m stuck in a single car garage, but it works great.

- Mark

I guess that would help, here you go.

-- I'll bulid your dream,you tear it down.

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