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#1 posted 11-04-2012 06:22 PM

It’s called a tool tray.

I have one and it’s a mixed blessing. It tends to fill up with
junk, especially since I fuss with metal parts on the bench
a lot and have a habit of throwing parts in the tool tray.
Mine is deep enough to lay bench planes on their
sides in it.

The main advantage is it saves you the expense of the wood
for a full-width bench top. It’s also a good place to stow
marking tools and to put chisels in so they don’t roll
off the bench, but if you can put drawers, shelves, bins and
hanging storage at hand behind and around your bench,
you’ll find it preferable to put a tool you’re not using in
its place than in the tool tray.

In situations where the bench is functioning as an island
with a lot of space around it, then you may have a situation
where the tool tray is more useful.

In european style benches the tool tray bottom serves
a structural function together with skirts on all 4 sides
of the bench top.

Here’s a post about my bench, with drawings:

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