If you can, put some thought into how your going to isolate the noise of the compressor from the shop. Remote install out of the shop, soundproofed box in the shop, redo the air intake, etc. Lots of good advice on that on you tube, but do something to protect your hearing!Air compressor and air lines? I have them all around my shop and there is never one where I am working at the time, I have added 1/2 as many outlets since originally building the shop and still could use more.
Bright LED lights everywhere, shadows when you are blocking the light is frustrating.
My compressor is located in the adjacent building and only the slight flicker of the lights tell me its running, one of the best things I did when building my shop.If you can, put some thought into how your going to isolate the noise of the compressor from the shop. Remote install out of the shop, soundproofed box in the shop, redo the air intake, etc. Lots of good advice on that on you tube, but do something to protect your hearing!
The wife and i have a 2 car garage at the house and the wife has 10,000+ sqft under roof for her horse training facility so she shouldn't encroach on me ever! My shop is around 3500sqft I am just alloting the area my renter used to occupy to build my plane. I actually measured yesterday when I was moving stuff and its actually 37X25 where ill be using so it should be plenty.I have a 4 car garage. You might think that parking 2 cars in the garage (wife's fun car and her daily driver) would still leave me plenty of room for airplane building. You'd be wrong.
My #1 tip for airplane building shop space: don't ever give an inch. She'll take it and more.
One of the Old Flying & Gliding Manuals from the 30's showed this idea but not "repurposing the wine rack thingy"The previous advice about soundproofing the compressor is probably important. Imagine you're really getting a lot of progress made, just charging along, and all of a sudden the wife comes in and says "The neighbors are trying to sleep... shut that !(#*$ compressor off and stop working for the night"
One thing I did is to re-purpose one of those 24 inch square rolling butcher block/wine rack things into a power tool center on wheels. On the top woden plate I have a small drill press, cheap combo belt and disc sander, cheap 1" vertical belt sander, and a small 2-wheel bench grinder. All facing outwards, the whole thing on casters. So I can roll that thing toward whatever part of the shop I'm working in (or whichever end of the airplane), and have several of the more common tools for fabrication are right there. The shelves below the little square table-top (the wine rack section) now has some plastic drawers where I keep drill bits, a power strip with all the tools plugged in, etc. Got room for a small garbage can at the base, and hooks to wind the extension cord around. If I had it to do over again I would have set it up with a charging station for my little Craftsman drill-driver.
I learned when working with wire binding on prototype/low volume wire bonded electronics No Caffeine before doing itMachine tools ? I use my small lathe a lot more than I thought I would, making drill bushings and other odds and end, siping large drill bits etc. Never drink anything alcoholic when using tools or machine tools , I still have all my fingers as a result, just my 2 cents......