That's really not very much room you'll soon discover.
I'm betting just about everything other than a real
woodworking bench will be on wheels and normally
against the walls.
The overhead lighting seems like overkill. You'll
find that you need "task lighting" at most machines,
drill press, bandsaw, miter saw, router table,
mortising machine, lathe etc. A gooseneck or two
at each will appear eventually.
You're surely going to rearrange your shop several
times as new tools are acquired and your way of
working in the space develops. For that reason,
I'd go with surface mounted electrical - because
it's easy to change things as needed. Quad boxes
rahter than duplex boxes is handy, especially
if each of the duplex outlets is on a separate
20 amp circuit - left always circuit #1, right
always circuit #2. Put the overhead lights
on a separate 20 amp breaker so if a machine
trips its breaker you aren't left in the dark
around spinning carbide.
If you put the quad boxes at 38 to 40 inches
off the floor you can still get wall cabinets,
the ubiquitous peg board etc.
SHEATH THE INSIDE WALLS WITH 3/4" PLY
OR AT LEAST OSB. That way you can hand
just about anything you want - anywhere
you want. You will have jigs and patterns
that won't fit in a drawer or cabinet. AND
the building will get through earthquakes
better Locking wheels on "stationary"
machines is a good idea for that reason.
We had some big disk drive cabinets on
wheels do a lot of rolling during the
Loma Prieta quake in '89. Even a
cabinet saw or 8" jointer will move in
a quake. How far is influenced by wheels,
locked or not.
AND PAINT THE WALLS WHITE - actually
an off white, Navajo White and Autum
Wheet are my favorites. White reflects
light - and light in a shop is good. Go
with a semi gloss or flat, not gloss.
you want relfected ambient light, not
While overhead outlets sound like a good
idea, the reality is getting up to them to
use or stop using is not exactly convenient
Most of the "stationary" machines need
wood "alleys" and no matter how you plan
it, eventually a power cord coming down
from above will get in the way. Realizing
that in the middle of a rip in a 4x8 sheet
of walnut or cherry faced furniture
grade ply is not a good thing.
Think WALL HANGING CABINETS. Like floor
space, wall space is always at a premium.
And if the doors a 2" or so deep, you can
store tools in them and effectively double
your wall space.
If you can, run a water line and sewer
line to the shop. A place to wash up
is handy and can be used for other things
as well - wink, wink, nudge, nudge - know
what I mean, nudge, nudge, wink, wink.
If you have a slab floor, epoxy paint it.
Easier to clean and cuts down on cement
dust. If you can, go with a tan rather than
gray color - again - relfected light is
Someone should write a book on all the
little details to consider when setting
up a shop. Mr. Self?
OH - and get the working surface of
tools that require seeing exactly
where you're going to cut/drill up
higher than typical counter top
height. Bending way over to see
what you're doing ain't good for
More than you ever wanted to know