So what about the best shape for the main machine room? I'm thinking of this as the room with tablesaw with long extensions nestled up to a movable outfeed/assembly table...which together fill the middle of the space. Around that in some shape and with plenty of elbow room, live the various sanders and drill press and miter saw type machines and a hand-tool bench.
Would the shape of that area within a "rectangular building" still want to be square or rectangular?
What about a more or less circular main area in the middle of the building, where the corners of the building then become the "rooms", like bathroom, finishing room, etc.?
I guess the question is would such a circular space around the saw/assembly-table "island" make for a better flow, or would it be better for that outer ring to still be rectangular?
My initial thought was anot L as I've worked in a cramped box for a while but the more I think about this question,the more I think there's no replacement for displacement.
What I currently lack is infeed and outfeed room. I have max 5' at every tool without moving anything.
Not knowing what tools you own or plan to own, it is hard to give advice. The ideal space for a knuckle dragging hand plane thrower I'm sure would look a lot different than a power hungry shop needing 220 drops every 5 feet.
My advice would be to grab some graph paper and get to sketching. Work up a few drawings, take what you like from each and refine until you find something that looks ideal for YOU.
I'd like to keep it as simple as possible. Something that would darken a bit without having to stain would be nice, something to help make the grain show. You think that danish oil would do the trick? I've only ever used oil based minwax stains and polyurethane. I'm looking to step away from that stuff and start finishing the way grown-ups do.
That's not a bad idea. I should probably just look at getting a router table.