Best way to splice (or avoid splicing) multiple wires
I'm in the process of sketching out a new electrical supply for my garage, using EMT as a raceway. 750 SF, so I need at least 6 fluoro fixtures, 6 receptacles, two 3-way switches, etc. I got the design reduced to the fewest number of splices and boxes, but now as I'm drawing out the actual wiring, I see there is a six-way splice for the neutrals in the first j-box, because all the legs emanate from this point. The required volume of this box, based on number and type of conductors, is 80 cubic inches, including clamps, per NEC.
After looking online, I've seen that some folks will splice that many wires together with a properly-sized wire nut, but that makes me skittish. Is a terminal/junction block the way to go here?
If so, I would assume its meant to be secured to the bottom of the j-box? I've just never had a reason to use one before.