Well, this isn't exactly a shop tour, more like a "What do you think?", so that's why I posted here. If it has to be moved I understand.
Now that I own all the major equipment I want (minus dust collection), I have been hunched over graph paper rigorously playing with workshop floor plans. I finally got the idea of putting my huge lathe in the middle, instead of against a wall, and all of a sudden the flow and organization started to fall into place.
I am asking opinions as to the strengths and weaknesses of what I have so far. I have yet to install the majority of the electrical, lighting, insulation, etc... And I don't want to move the monster lathe and add support to the roof rafters unless I am sure this is the way I want to go!!
My thinking behind the layout:
I do a lot of turning, and am currently trying to do as much with that as I can. (Furniture parts, decorative, columns, balusters, etc...) I also love furniture making, and have a notebook of original designs waiting to be built. Hopefully that will grow into a business as well. So, the shop is meant to be able to function as both a furniture shop and turning shop.
The left half is basically all furniture, designed to maintain proximity between machines most frequently used, plus the workbench. There is 3" of pathway in almost all the areas on the furniture making side. The tablesaw, jointer, and planer all have a full 8' both infeed and outfeed. The RAS has 7' to the left, 12' to the right (in case I ever need to make a 12' column). Router table can be easily moved if necessary.
The right half is where the turning is done, with the machines most frequently used all together. With a reasonable space between equipment, I feel I can comfortable turn and transport even the largest pieces. Both the bandsaw and drill press have 8' of infeed and outfeed, though with the DP it pretty much doesn't need it. The dotted lines near the door are the overhead pulleys driving the lathe. They will be able to rotate 180 degrees, along with the headstock, so as to accommodate large outboard turning. The dotted lines extending across the RAS table will be a removable wooden bed extension, allowing me to turn a 12' column if necessary.
Most of the wood storage will be over and under the RAS, and there seems to be plenty of space in 3 of the corners to accommodate carts, fixtures, storage, etc.. not to mention all the wall space.
So, what do y'all think? Do you see problem areas? Thanks!