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Forum topic by richardchaos posted 10-21-2017 02:53 PM 687 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2017 02:53 PM

Just curious… Does anyone have a JUNK DRAWER that is all about fasteners like I do?

I just moved and am busy setting up my new shop. I was amazed at how crazed my large drawer has become filled with years and pounds of misc fasteners. Anything 8 inch long number 10 lag screws to the tiniest of wire nails and every extra fastener that would come with staff I bought I don’t need…..

Do any of you every go through these and sort it all out?

If so would this be better done after pancakes in the AM or Jameson Irish Whiskey after dinner?

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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#1 posted 10-21-2017 03:11 PM

I have half my garage and 3/4 of my shop that needs to be reorganized as I have much the same issue with random fasteners everywhere including brads, pins, finish nails, roofing nails, framing nails and staples for a variety of different pneumatic guns. Definitely better done after Jameson!

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#2 posted 10-21-2017 03:37 PM

I got yer answer right here.
Disclaimer: You might have to sacrifice a tackle box! or buy some new trays. :-)

I work out of a one car garage with all of my tools in it. It is crowded, but most of the stuff I use is at hand at any moment. The upper portion of the cabinets are about 14 inches deep. The bottom portion was designed around the parts trays so yours might be different.

French cleat system makes it easy to relocate if necessary. I screwed mine to the wall studs.

...and added another one!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 10-21-2017 08:32 PM

When we moved into our house 12 years ago, the part of the barn that is now my workshop came pre-junked. There were, and still are, lots of bins, jars and cans filled with stuff. These have saved me many a trip to the hardware store.

I have slowly improved the organization over the years, but never really attacked the job.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#4 posted 10-22-2017 11:39 AM

I have that problem with nuts/bolts, less with other things like wood screws. No matter how hard I try to keep a small inventory of nuts/bolts (carriage bolts, hex head bolts, lag bolts) on hand for that occasional need I never have the right one. I have 2 small multi drawer store bought cabinets that are full of mixed stuff and I have to search through every drawer just to prove I don’t have the right pieces. That will change as I move into my new shop….the crap gets tossed (or off the the Habitat restore) and I’ll do something like Mike did…I really like that design.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 10-22-2017 02:01 PM

I have two – one that is larger with electrical and plumbing stuff, and a smaller one that is all fasteners, bolts, nuts, hangers, brackets, etc.
I have moved so much over the decades I started these, and they never would get packed on the moving truck. It seemed that every time I moved into a new home, you always needed a lot of little odds and ends, usually only one or two of something, and those boxes never let me down, instead of endless trips to a local hardware or big box store.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#6 posted 10-22-2017 04:04 PM

I have 24 drawers just like this all organized the same way. Got them for our favorite price of free from a closed down auto shop. Tackled this project over the course of 3 months. Was worth it.

NO JUNK DRAWERS currently. If I buy something or find supplies they get a home or a home gets built for them. Time consuming to be sure but worth the lack of frustration in not having to dig through a drawer full of stuff.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 10-22-2017 04:17 PM

Thanks for the charming imagery it’s a wonderful way to start your day while eating breakfast.

I use these all over my shop in different sizes.


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