I have reasonable workbench and floor space if you include my project tables. But I am really short of wall space and storage space.
I am going to do the french cleat thing on all walls that are available after removing any pegboard, the old cabinets from my first kitchen remodel in 1985, and some other cabinets as well. I will also put french cleats on the attached garage walls, and there may be room for some storage in the garage that way.
The wiring will be rerouted in a systematic fashion that will allow electrical access on all walls. This will make it possible to move a bench to a different wall area via the french cleats and have sockets availabe to fee power strips on the cabinets. At this time, I think I will either place a number of surface mounted boxs with receptacles, or just run strip in that space that is normally just above a bench, but below the cabinets. Then I will not make any cabinets that are floor to ceilling. I will use one wall space for storing very long items vertically such as guides, clamps, lumber, etc.
Benches and Cabinets
Then I will put in new benchwork and under bench cabinets hung on the main cleats. Except for my old bench which will get a new set of drawers under it, all other benches and cabinets will be hung on the cleats. I will keep my light weight project tables, but probably upgrade and replace the tops.
Each above bench cabinet will have either small french cleats or pegboard inside and on the back of the door, as well as small cleats or pegboard on the front of the cabinet door. That is how I am going to effectively increase wall space.
The doors on all the cabinets will have to have first rate hinging to take the weight. The cabinets construction will have to be plywood, or solid wood. All large power tools will have cabinets underneath them, and will be mobile. The surface of the RAS and TS will be the same height. Smaller power tools such as grinders, benchtop jointers, planers, etc will be stored on shelves or in cabinets.
I was thinking of some halfway solutions, but I think the answer is to systematically plan the whole space and garage. Then paint the ceiling, and walls, and put in french cleats all around that are very substantial. That will allow me to hang most anything anywhere, and give me some space on the walls to run electrical wire in a standardized way around the shop, without drilling a lot of holes or putting up new wall board. I should easily double my storage and wall space. While I am at it, there will be a lot of stuff thrown out or given away.
Unfortunately, planning is easier than doing, but this plan should give me a better result, with less work in the long run.
-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska