Small Parts Storage Trays

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Project by rmac posted 03-01-2015 08:10 PM 2818 views 8 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s yet another way to store nuts and bolts and screws and whatnot. These trays are made from scraps of 1/4” MDF and 1/8” tempered hardboard left over from other projects.

I sized them so they will sit up on edge in a couple of the drawers in my work bench. That makes it easy to remove any one by itself while still utilizing most of the space within each drawer. For that to work, though, the sliding lids have to fit nicely against the dividers so the hardware doesn’t get all mixed up when the tray isn’t sitting flat.

You could also store them like books on a shelf.

To keep track of which tray contains what, I made an Excel spreadsheet on my computer that lists the contents of each tray. I keep a printed copy in the drawer with the trays so I can find the correct tray pretty quickly when I want to deposit or withdraw some random bit of treasure.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#1 posted 03-01-2015 08:14 PM

Good use for scrap wood. Colorful workbench!

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#2 posted 03-01-2015 08:26 PM

Great idea Russ. With the price of screws, nuts, bolts and other hardware these days it’s a good idea to treat them with care. Like your colorful workbench also!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 03-02-2015 11:33 AM

Wow. This is super organized and very useful. Thanks for sharing.

I can never find what I need, always end up buying another, then find it sometime later. Very wasteful.

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#4 posted 03-02-2015 09:08 PM

Great build!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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