Big projects take up most of my workbench’s surface, leaving little room for my tools.

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Big projects take up most of my workbench's surface, leaving little room for my tools. To keep them close at hand but out of the way of the project, I designed this easy workbench add-on: a swing-up shelf. A 2×4 support arm mounted to the underside of my workbench with a lag screw swings out to prop up the hinged shelf. When no longer needed, I just swing the arm back under the bench and let the shelf swing down, out of the way.
—Gene Dineralter, New London, Conn.