I discovered a simple way to make use of the space underneath my workbench top and behind the skirt without re-engineering the base for drawer boxes.

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I discovered a simple way to make use of the space underneath my workbench top and behind the skirt without re-engineering the base for drawer boxes. To use the space, I built drop-down storage compartments, as shown at right, to hold small tools and to organize my fasteners.

The hinges attached between the back apron and the plywood base allow the compartments to drop down. Chains, secured to the benchtop and the box sides with screw eyes, limit the depth of the drop. A locking hasp firmly secures the storage units out of the way.
—Dan Opper, Lawrence, Kan.