FAQ: Configuring Your Workshop For Your Lathe
Q. What things should I consider when setting up my workshop for a wood
A. In an endeavour to make your life easier, we have compiled a list of
things you should consider when configuring your workshop to accommodate
a wood lathe. We hope you find it useful.
Ensure you have 360 degrees clearance around the lathe to allow plenty
of room for outboard turning, rigs, and jigs. Also consider allowing
room for any future attachments (both inboard and outboard).
- POWER CONCERNS
Install a dedicated electrical circuit according to
- 25 Amp breaker with 15 Amp wall outlet
( 2436, 2416, 2036, 2016, & 1640 lathes )
- VENTILLATION AND DUST COLLECTION
sufficient ventillation and/or dust collection or respiratory system for ease of breathing and general health - some woods are toxic.
Adequate lighting is extremely important to ensure you do not strain
your eyes. Florescent lighting is good for general lighting of
you workshop. However, consider obtaining some specialized spot
lighting which can be easily moved to an appropriate position when
working on the inside of bowls or hollow forms. There are lighting
attachments available to connect onto our larger lathes for spot
lighting purposes. LED head lamps are another option to consider. These
are cheap, efficient, and can be purchased at your local hardware store.
- WOOD STORAGE
You will want some place to store your wood. You will
want to keep the wood storage fairly close to the lathe so you
don't have to carry those heavy bowl blanks too far. If you storage
area cannot be located by the lathe, at least make sure it is easily
accessable. Some form or cart of trolley could be handy getting
the wood to the lathe.
- TOOL PLACEMENT & STORAGE
Having your tools handy while you turn is a must. A tool cabinet
somewhere near the lathe or a moveable tool caddy will make life
a lot easier as your tools are always within easy reach.
- SHARPENING STATION
Having a dedicated sharpening station close to the lathe will encourage
you to sharpen more frequently. Using sharp tools will create a better
finish on your turnings and make your time at the lathe more enjoyable.
ONEWAY has a simple four step program to
make your grinder work more efficeintly and your tools look and
behave the way they should. Click here
to find out more.
- WORK BENCH & FINISHING AREA
An area dedicated to performing tasks off the lathe.