Well, I have to thank forum member Gregn for going and messing with my plans. Lol. The vertical drawer idea he presented me with may be just the thing I need. They will create a lot more usable storage space , and there’s so many ways to customize these things for shop storage. The only limit is your imagination. Drawers, shelves, pegboard, pegboard and shelves, shelves and drawers, bins and shelves, Ding! light bulb!, I wonder if I can make that work, I’ll have to explore that idea later.
So, I pulled out all my tool cases and measured how much space they would take up if I did it the way I planned. Lying flat on a shelf or 2. Then I arranged them so they would be standing on end or edge like they would be if I built vertical drawers. They would be more accessible, better organized, and take up less space in those than they would have been laying on a shelf. And there will still be room above the tool cases to add shelves, or trays, or pegboard, or whatever I want really.
So under my bench I will have 2 areas to use for this. One area of around 2’5” high by around 3’2” wide. The other is 9” wide and the same height. Right now (plans subject to change) I have 2 drawers somewhat planned out. One will have one bin on the bottom for some of my tools to sit in, and one or 2 shelves above. The other I think I may split down the middle with a bin on each side for the rest of my tools in cases, and a 2 sided divider of pegboard above those. I’m figuring these 2 will take up about 20” or so. I’m still thinking about how I want to use the rest of that space. The 9” wide area has had me stumped, but I think I have the answer now. I’m thinking I may do another drawer here and make it a book shelf for my pattern books, owners manuals, and magazines.
I can still start building the bench tomorrow, and I’m still planning the pegboard cabinet. However my drawers and shelves idea has been scrapped for the vertical drawers. They will take me some more thought and planning before I start making sawdust for those.
You know, after I get all this done, I think I’m going to have to try to keep my wife out of the shop. If she sees all these storage ideas, It just might make more work for me when we start our kitchen renovation we have coming up in the next couple months. Lol. She already wants me to build some ceiling drawers for the utility room and I haven’t even made the ones for my shop yet!
-- I'm just me.