Points Well Taken...
Currently putting more lights in the shop, the house's PO left a bunch of 48 inch florescents that I need to check out. Shop needs paint, so that'll be white. For a welder, I looked at the Hobart 220V MIGs the other day and they look like a good deal. Not much progress on the bench though, looked around the big boxes and Farm stores for the metal corner kits for a workbench but they don't seem to carry them anymore. No biggie, got a couple sheets of 3/4 inch plywood and 2 by 6s and screws from previous projects. Probably won't make much progress for a while, currently shopping for xmas presents for a couple aspiring gearheads (comments welcome on that thread) and will be heading to my tin shack with wheels by the Everglades after xmas. Thanks for all the great advice, and keep it comin'!