In an earlier post, I brought up the idea of "the perfect home workshop." or as one clever person put it, "the GarageMahal."
I believe that almost anything I could think of could be build in a shop like that. It's just a matter of picking up the machining skills necessary.
Thanks to everyone for their excellent comments.
I've summarized some of the best ideas below.
1. Don't forget to add a water supply,
2. Another thing to consider: How heavy can you build the floor pads? My friend has a couple of bridgeports in his garage that have managed to sink his concrete slabs lower than the ones they are not resting on.
3. One thing you may VERY much like... a cutoff saw of some sort.
4. Another thing, depending upon how large the pieces you will be working on are, another friend installed an overhead crane
5. I cannot recommend enough a laser leveled concrete floor, which is then epoxy sealed. Smooth, level, and sealed. very important.
6. Get an air-compressor. But build a noise-reducing high airflow box to house the compressor. don't 'save' money on an oil-less one, they are crazy loud, a good oiled compressor is good stuff
7. Water. A large wash basin/laundry size sink is very helpful
8. Lathe: A nice size is 12" x 36". Buy a quick change tool post
9. Mill: A Bridgeport is a wonderful machine. Given a choice, go for something other than the "M-head"--you want an R8 taper, which is what a lot of mill tooling is. You can get chucks to use with it (you don't *have* to use collets for drill bits).
10.Tooling can be expensive--all things equal, go for the deal with more tooling thrown in. Collets, 3 and 4-jaw chucks, etc.--all these are expensive,
11.Add a metal-cutting band saw (under $200) and a good ($20) blade for it. Sawing a length of 1" aluminum into 2" pieces gets old very quickly.
12.The 7x10 or 7x12 lathe is a great starter machine that might be worth considering. Buy one for $300, use it for a while, buy a bigger lathe and sell the starter machine.
13.Three phase is rather expensive to bring to a home shop. A converter is a much-less-expensive alternative. A static converter coupled with a 3-phase "idler" motor generates darn good 3-phase for home shop use.I'm still soliciting advice, so send comments if you've got them. Now, all I need is a boatload of money...