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Hidden Bench Drawer

When workshop space is at a premium you need to make effective use of every available storage area. We love to make products from re-cycled materials, the drawer and hinged frame is made from pallet wood and scrap 10mm and 5mm ply. The bench that the drawer is fitted to is also made from pallet wood and decking board, used to make the rails and top. A conventional drawer cut-out would weaken the bench rail, this bench is used for heavy work, including mounting a bead roller so rigidity and strength is important.

The frame that houses the drawer hinges on the rear top edge using bolts mounted to wooden fixings attached to the underside of the bench. Restrained by short chains, the frame hinges far enough to allow the front to drop below the frame rail. When pushed up under the bench the frame is held in place by a rotating wooden toggle on each side that bear against a sloped block attached to each side of the frame. As the toggles are rotated against the blocks the frame is tightened into the underside of the bench top.

Standard ball-bearing drawer slides are used to allow the drawer to move freely and also have a retaining lock when the drawer is pushed fully closed. A lining of anti-slip material prevents items sliding in the drawer (in practice the slope on the open drawer is so shallow that things stay put in any case). We've posted a short video of the drawer on our YouTube channel below.

Hidden Bench Drawer

Drawer mechanism before mounting under the workshop bench

Drawer Mounted Under Bench

Drawer mounted between bench rails and hinged down

Top View Of Drawer Before Installation

The drawer is mounted in a frame that hinges from the back edge to allow the drawer to drop below the front rail of the bench for opening

Drawer Opened

With the drawer hinged down it can be fully opened

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