If you stick to it you probably already know you're going to run out of floor real estate sooner or later, probably sooner than later. I have, but have to readjust from time to time..
There are lots and lots of bench options out there. I don't necessarily think size is as important as stability. Build so it doesn't wobble and tip on you which probably means weight.
I built mine based on the Paul Sellers design and love it, but it did come with a few issues I had to learn to work around, but it has never once even come close to tipping over.
There are days I wish I had used a different design, but overall it works out great. It eventually ended up 5' long which works for me, but width is a tad too wide at 32" with a tool well in the middle that really does little more than collect junk for me.. Oh well..
It was the same height as my old table saw (junk Ryobi), but when I got the Craftsman I had to raise the saw to use the bench as an out feed.
Bottom line is that trying to plan space for limited space is a lot harder than it seems at first. I probably spend more time planning to make more space than actually making more space. The more stuff I acquire the less space I have.. Sound familiar anyone?
I forgot to mention that if you want a laminated top you might want to invest in a boat load of clamps at Horror Freight.. I keep telling myself that's the only thing I'm even going to buy there from now on.. Just keep telling myself that...
Growth is inevitable in most hobbies, and I understand that from my love of building custom computers... I have a large area dedicated to my 'spares' and 'I'll probably use this soon' closets. That is also why I am trying to talk some of this out before I start hard planning anything, trying to throw out my ideas and see the feedback I get from those more practiced than I. I would hate to design something that sounds good in theory but in reality is useless. So far the comments have helped me to see a few things.
1. I will likely try and design some modular/mobile work stations that will accommodate larger projects and if I have enough forethought maybe make them interchangeable locations depending on the task as hand. I will also likely use a folding wing design to maximize my work space and minimize the footprint when not in use. I want to make sure I plan for some growth, hence the overhead storage, I have 8ft ceilings So I'm hoping to use some of that space to provide storage for lesser used items so my common items can be on the lower shelving/drawers that are faster to access.
2. My grandfather used to tell me, there is no use in buying something expensive from the start. Buy something cheaper and if it wears out well then you know you need a higher end tool, if it lasts forever then you got exactly what you needed. So I am trying to take a minimalist approach as far as trying to buy tools and I'll also buy tools as I find a need that persists between projects (no need to buy something you only use once)
3. Size is only import in a few key ways, I need enough space to be able to comfortably work on my project without feeling crowded, hence my modular approach and to keep my footprint from overcrowding my garage.
4. I have a Harbor Freight in town and I've been told by many people that their power tools are generally garbage but that many of their hand tools are passable.
Your comment on the table you have being too wide is a good point, so I will try and either make sure my width is sized properly to let me work across the whole surface without causing strain.
If you haven't seen the videos on YouTube, check out these folks. There should be more ideas than you can shake a stick at...with demonstrations how to build them. Most of these guys (and gal) build stuff aimed at the average Joe.
Earl Davidson Woodworks
And then there is my work bench of my dreams. I incorporated ideas from several of the folks listed above. This is an excellent work platform 36x60 inches.
More photos here -> http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/membe...ew-work-bench/
I'll be sure to visit these channels to try and gain more insight into the process. I have been watching a lot of 'This Old House' on YouTube and have found many good pointers and can see how many tools are commonly used to help determine what I need, if I need it, how is it used etc. It also helps me understand some of the design choices they make, having a logical point discussed is something I appreciate. And I understand what I am wanting and this show are different things.
An additional question or two:
Anyone find a good distance from their worktop and say the bottom of a top cabinet, or a good depth for an overhead cabinet? I am fairly set I want some for additional storage space but I would hate to put some in and find they are too low or stick out too far and impede my work.
The more I think about this and through the suggestions I really am coming around to a work space on wheels instead of a fixed point. It would also give me more freedom in my work area, would anyone make an argument for or against having a 'backsplash' area on the mobile pieces? Do you think it would help with ease of additional tool hanging or be a hindrance to the work area?