Drop-down panels maximize workspace
If storage space is at a premium in your shop, try this solution from Club member Don Richer of New Boston, New Hampshire. He uses scrap lumber to build hinged storage panels that pivot down from overhead joists. For smaller objects, Don simply attaches a 1×4 stiffener along one edge of a plywood sheet; then he fastens the opposite edge of the sheet to the overhead joists with a pair of strap hinges. To store large objects (such as sections of PVC pipe), Don adds 1×4 dividers to the plywood sheet, positioned so that they fit between the joists and form individual storage bins. To lower and raise the storage panels, Don uses a length of rope fed through a screw eye in one of the opposing overhead joists.