Storage #1: From years of just throwing em down, to...

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Blog entry by SteveW posted 03-22-2011 06:40 PM 4794 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For the past 15 – 20 years, I’ve been just throwing my excess hardware into various containers, buckets, and wherever, since I didn’t have a plan to properly separate the screws, nuts bolts and washers from each other.
Well, I figured its now or never, so I decided to play catch up.
After perusing Lumberjocks for various container types, I decided on PLANO tackle boxes, because they were cheap and configurable inside.
This is going to take some time, as I probably have 8 – 10 of these containers, all full of various types of hardware and stuff…but I’m at least on the path to an orderly collection.
I’ve already seen the benefits of organization, when I looked for “just the right screw size” this past weekend.
There may be hope for me after all…

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-22-2011 07:28 PM

Steve, this looks pretty good. It is definitely an improvement over the system you were using.

By the way here is how I am currently storing screws, nuts, bolts etc. :

I am sure you can see a lot of similarity to your old system. :) Thanks for the inspiration to organize this mess.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-22-2011 08:57 PM

Steve, another option would be to use some recycled containers that you may normally throw out. Just one example would be plastic peanut butter jars. They are clear so you can see whats in it, screw on top and perfect size for most bolts and hardware. It may take a while to save them up but I have at least 30 of them and I built a small shelf system sized to hold them so they are organized.

The tackle box is a great idea also but I like individual containers for the hardware that I need to take over to the bench with me or move around the shop.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#3 posted 03-22-2011 10:42 PM

The storage of nuts, bolts, and other miscelaneous hardware is an ongoing thing for all of us. I use to think that it was an unwritten rule that a man had to save every nut and bolt he had ever found. Sometimes toy and DIY furniture companies will give you “extra” hardware, this is a curse because all you end up doing is putting in with all the other hardware you’ve collected since you were 12 years old. We tell ourselves “I might need that someday”. By the time we get to 40 or so, we look at our hardware and say, “how did I end up wth so much crap”? The separation of nuts, bolts, and hardware is like eating an elephant, one bite at a time. Don’t give up. :)

-- Doug

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#4 posted 03-23-2011 12:22 AM

Good job. It looks like you’re set.
Well, at least until you become unhappy with this system and change to something else. Trust me, it happens. Take it from a life long pack rat. I throw away nothing. I have trouble getting rid of ANYTHING unless I can find someone else who can use it. Then to make matters worse, I’m constantly buying more stuff at sales and such to add to the increasingly out of control collection that I already have.
By the way, my present system is coffee cans. Good thing I produce about three of the big ones a month from my several pots a day coffee habit. Now I have a shelf in the rafters that stores all my extra entpy coffee cans. My wife keeps asking when I’m going to stop keeping them. ”But I may need them!”


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#5 posted 03-23-2011 08:35 AM

I didnĀ“t had so much as you but one day I said to myself as you have now or never
and you wont believe my luck 20 minuts after I had started my doughter and the neighbourboy
came down to see what I did and ask if they cuold help …. they did a very good job :-)


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#6 posted 03-23-2011 09:36 AM

I use coffee cans to throw screws,bolts,nuts,& washers in. I keep them separated by type of fastener that way. When I’m not to lazy or they’re special in some way I drill a 1/4” hole in a plastic pill bottles and hang them on a sq. drive finish screws. This allows me to see what I have and load up what I need to take to a particular job.
Here’s a photo of some hanging pill bottles, not the best but I thinks y’all can see them.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#7 posted 03-24-2011 06:39 AM

I have my nails and bolts sorted but they’re in coffee cans, the containers that Costco sells their nuts in (those are actually pretty sturdy and a good size for the clunky stuff) and some Glad containers from the grocery store.

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