I've had 8' X 20 feet of my 20 X 20 garage for about 4.5 years, but I'm just now getting it in the shape I really want. Getting hooked on spinning wood about 2 years ago didn't help any either. These two pics show what the north wall looked like when I started the most recent redo about a month ago.
And what it looks like now....the fridge is just to the left.
The bench is attached to the studs of the wall on the back edge and then a simple 2X4 frame and legs. (found in a worksite dumpster) The compound miter saw (CMS) is built into a dip near the center and has worked quite well. I have about 5' to the left and almost 7' to the right of the saw. (it's not centered because the free 2X4's weren't all long enough to make it that way) The top is just 1/2" plywood as it won't see much abuse.
Under the CMS is my air compressor. (it's not in the picture but it is there now) There are air lines to the right for the lathe and upward to the 50' of hose on a hand crank roll up. To the left of the CMS is a salvaged 2 drawer set from work that stores my skil saw and other power tools. It is on wheels too just in case I might clean behind it. To the right is a mobile assembly/finish table that is 46" wide and 23" deep. It tucks away very nicely and hold hardware, old mags and other assorted junk and such. The top is still a work in progress but will be 2 layers of MDF and 2X2 fir edging. Above the bench are two cabinets (also salvaged from work) that I cut down to 10" deep from 18". They house finishes and paint.
I think this is an improvementso far. Once again thanks to my frugality, I managed to make all these improvements with out spending much at all. About $5 for some of the 1/2" ply material from the cutoff bin at the local HD...they have pieces marked from 50cents to $2 all the time and it's hard to pass it up.
I've just posted a thread on my mobile TS and router table but I'll include a pic here as well since it's a shop tour. Also shown here is an old pic my mobile DP which will be updated soon as well.
Next up...the east end of the area...to the right of the CMS bench. This includes another salvaged cabinet that works great as a hand tool cabinet. It will be moved somewhere. Behind that is my turning area that will be rearranged as well. This is what it looks like today..stay tuned....
Thanks to everyone here on FWW for posting great ideas, how to's and such. Many of them were referenced while I did this....now I need to get back to the lathe, I haven't turned it on in almost 3 weeks!