My shop is purely hobby in nature, but my projects aren't all "small" in nature. When I moved into this house the Garage was barely functional as a garage, the previous owners had built simple 1x12" shelving around 2 of the walls, and supported them every 8' with 1x4" supports simply nailed to the front from floor to top shelf.
They are/were great for frustrating me. Just wide enough that they come up too short to store my stuff on, and when they were wide enough they would sag from the weight...
I need to keep the shop as flexible as possible so that I can "reconfigure" for different projects. My first/second project are to organize the shop, and concurrently I am also remodeling my kitchen as well.
Once the shop is organized and Kitchen is finished, and functioning well I will begin working on (re)building my home office/hobby room which will be book cases, desks and such. And I am also planning to build my 3rd airplane which is metal/wood and fabric.
So what I am planning on doing is when I am jigged up to build cabinets for the Kitchen I build a few for the Garage as well to replace the shelving as I go. So far this approach has been frustratingly slow and manages to keep the shop feeling cluttered. And I feel like I spend more time looking for tools than I spend actually working.
Basically I finished and hung my first cabinet this past weekend. With my current way of working there is no way I am going to start taking my kitchen apart. My cabinet turned out "OK" but far from being even adequate for inside the house.
Right now most of my metal tools are piled in a corner and covered with the exception of my bench top lathe which I use off and on for little things. My woodworking tools are not much better. For a temporary solution, I built rolling stands for the Miter Saw.
As a temporary table saw I am using a cheap Ryobi 10" saw sitting on it's flimsy stand (main reason cabinet quality suffered). I need to make another trip back to Iowa to pick up my table saw, but that trip won't be for a few months. And honestly right now I wouldn't be able to fit it in the Garage anyway. If I am going to get any level of quality from this saw I am going to need to build a solid top/stand for it. And even then it is going to be falling short on a lot of things.
That layout is pretty similar to what I was thinking about. The two main things I need to worry about dust with are the Mill and the Lathe. I keep both covered when not in use, but dust does fine it's way in no matter what I do.
My assembly stand right now is 2'x8' with 1' lips that I can swing up to give me more space, and it's on castors to allow me to roll it out of the way to make space when needed. I am also going to need for it to be 16' in the near future though, so I was planning to simply build 2 more stands like the first except 4'x2' so that I can store them a little easier, and attach them to the main stand when needed.
Right now my pressing need in the Garage is easy access storage so I can get my tools out of the way, but accessible. I also need to get my nails/screws/Glues somewhat organized and out of the way as well. Right now the tools are crammed/piled onto the existing shelving.
What do y'all think about this: Along one side of the Garage I am planning to hang 24" deep and 36" tall with tops 12" below ceiling, and lighting attached to the bottom of the cabinets. I can store longer items on top. The first 8 feet of one side of the Garage. I can roll my assembly table under this set of shelves when not in use, or while working on smaller projects.
I want my Band Saw, Drill Press out of the way unless needed, so I was planning to build a cabinet that goes from floor up to level with other cabinets and maybe 36" wide that I can put the Drill Press inside of w/ shelving above it, and along the sides next to the drill press I would build sliding drawers which would store all the drill press related tools. The drill press would be able to be used inside the cabinet for small things, and I can slide it out when I need more space around it. My only real concern is stability when its outside the cabinet. I want to do the same thing for the Band Saw.
I liked your idea for the multi-use tabletop that I can insert tools as needed. I was planning on something like that for one of the extensions for the assembly bench, but every time I sat down to try to draw up my idea I couldn't manage to make it work without a lot of short filler stands for the tools. Maybe I am missing, or not thought it through though.
The tools that would be ideal for this type of insert would be my small table saw, planer, jointer, router table, sanders, small miter saw etc. I would want all of them to fit such that the bench top matched to their respective bed heights. I have thought about 2 different ways to do this, the first would be to put flat bottoms on all of them that slides into grooves on the table. My second idea was to build the table with a single bottom, then build bases for each tool that sat on that bottom and put them at the right height.
Problem with option 1 is that each tool has a different height, and the slots would conflict in some cases. I'm also concerned about stability of this approach. Storage would be easiest for this.
Problem with #2 is that I take up a lot of storage space for all of the stands for each tool. Stability would be good though.
Lately I have seen a lot of the flip top benches, and they look nice and seem to be functional, but I'm not all too sure I could build them to work into the way I do my projects.
I also have issues with storage of materials. I usually buy Plywood as needed for projects, but flat-wood tends to pile up, and right now I am having a lot of issues for this. I thought about hanging shelves from the ceiling, but I am concerned that the rafters may not be strong enough.
What I have thought about is to use galvanized pipe that runs the width of the Garage with supports attaching to rafters every 4 feet, and running these cross pipes every other rafter, and using the space above the Garage door for storage. What do y'all think about this?
I built an air filter using an old furnace fan and air filters, it helped, but not much. I just bought a Cyclone Collector, but I have no place to put it. Attic isn't easily accessible and anything outside is not an option. And putting it on wheels and moving it around isn't practical either.