The Gerber Hardware Storage System #2: Earth, Fauna, and Flora

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 09-14-2015 01:17 PM 1075 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Conceptually Speaking Part 2 of The Gerber Hardware Storage System series Part 3: An Ooey, Gooey Mess! »

That’s just a fancy way of saying “Dirt, Bugs, and Plant Debris”.

In working through the newly acquired stash of hardware, it has become quickly apparent that the collection spent most of its life in a more open environment – a shed, most likely, that had little in the way of dirt, dust, and insect control.

The nails in the open coffee cans share the space with lots of dirt, pine needles, seeds, dried leaf material, spider web gunk, and a very impressive assortment of dead bugs!

In fact, I have encountered an array of bug specimens that would pique the interest of any entomologist!

They were delicious, by the way….

Just kidding !

So, the first order of business for each of the coffee cans was to dump their contents into the handsawgeek Hudnut Sorter, clean the empty can, and return the hardware – sans dirt, debris, and dried-up critters.

The baby food jars are a little bit different story – they are all in good shape, they just have a layer of dirt crusted atop the lids. I have been taking these half a dozen at a time to the utility sink for a thorough cleaning and removal of old labels and glue. The newly cleaned-up jars and lids come out very pristine and shiny.
As a lot, they are actually quite attractive! This definitely adds credence to my decision to go this route with hardware storage.

With the addition of neatly applied and written labels, the ‘geek’ is now ready to get things organized!

Stay tuned for more…..

-- Ed

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#1 posted 09-14-2015 01:30 PM

I wonder which is more satisfying: cleaning collection containers of dirt, debris, and dried-up critters or lots of hand sanding of large projects? ;)

The baby food jars remind me of years ago, before plastic became the preferred material for cast-out and purchased containers, when we would make baby food jar rotisseries for our work areas. Remember these? Still practical, if you have the space.

And now, it’s time for me to go back into the dungeon and get back to organizing, building shelves, and all the fun stuff…like hand sanding large projects. Enjoy your new stash, Ed.

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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#2 posted 09-14-2015 01:41 PM

Hi, Paul,
In true handsawgeek fashion, I have made this project much bigger than it really should be. Acquisition of this stash has set me off on a whirlwind quest of overhauling my entire hardware storage method, much the same way I did with the tools last year.
Geez, it’s amazing how much hardware one can accumulate over the years!

-- Ed

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#3 posted 09-14-2015 03:47 PM

I just started a reorganization of my shop/garage and bought some plastic boxes from Schaller

I think that there are enough sizes available for my needs.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#4 posted 09-14-2015 04:36 PM

That’s a nice set of product there! Looks like it is well suited for use with shallow drawers or tool cabinets.
Good luck with the re-org. Send some pics!

-- Ed

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#5 posted 09-15-2015 04:24 AM

Way to go Handsawgeek! I applaud your dedication to organize. I had a similar experience to yours a while back after buying a bunch of stuff, but with tin cans instead of baby food jars. Went nuts and reorganized all of my hardware, including buckets of miscellaneous stuff I had been hiding in the shed for years. I ended up building special shelves for plastic bins out of pine boards. I put a bunch of other stuff in those black and yellow stanley/harbor freight parts organizers, and still have one big shelf full of tin cans to figure out what to do with. Salutations Oldnovice, I remember when my oldest brother built his baby food jar rotisserie, I thought it was the coolest thing ever!

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#6 posted 12-01-2016 04:30 AM

I use tostitos salsa jars for storage. As i love to snack on tortilla chips w salsa con queso, the wife likes plain salsa. Standing order to save all jars.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#7 posted 12-01-2016 09:22 PM

I used baby food jars when I lived in Illinois and our kids were eating baby food.
I stopped using them after dropped one and broke the glass
I now use the bins from Schaller Corporation which are available in more sizes than political lies and they don’t break when dropped!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#8 posted 07-21-2017 08:10 PM

LOL, are you sure you didn’t just nab my dad’s jars? They look exactly like them, dust and all! :) Actually, my dad’s were usually pretty clean though a fine layer of dust would accumulate from the table saw after a while.

Dad often had jars sitting in the kitchen with labels being soaked off. He would then painstakingly label them with his beautiful handwriting. I always loved to look at those labels!

-- Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. ~ Brian Tracy

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