Some of you might have seen an earlier post on the construction of my new bench. It ended with a note that I still had to complete the installation of drawers in the open space underneath. Well, the photos below show that I am halfway home on that score.
About 6-8 months ago, I happened to be in Burnaby, stopped at Lee Valley, and loaded up. Among the purchases was one box each of their stamped metal toolbox trays. For a variety of reasons they were never used for the original project in my wife's sewing room. However, when I came across them again the other day, I realized they would serve well under my bench. (I like a lot of shallow drawers, because it's so much easier to see and find things.)
As I puzzled over how best to install them, I discovered that in the bottom of each box is an instruction sheet, and that this is actually a very clever system. Run a 1/16" saw cut at 1 1/4" intervals, and you can switch the drawers around to your heart's content. Even better, since my 3 boxes consisted of 5x1", 5x2" and 3x3" trays, they combined to fit exactly in 4 vertical rows. I used some of the 1" birch ply left over from the top for the uprights, and some scrap particle board faced with maple for the case.
I set the box in place so that the faces of the drawer pulls were back just enough to provide clearance for the removable bench jack.
Now to make 4 large wooden drawers to take up the remaining space.