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Forum topic by BlasterStumps posted 12-27-2018 10:15 PM 634 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BlasterStumps

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12-27-2018 10:15 PM

Now that I have this cart built for the boxes my wife gave me, I’m about to embark on a sorting and labeling endeavor. I should have plenty to do on those cold dreary days this winter. I just need to get it settled in my mind first as to how I’m going to sort and label a gazzilion screws, nuts, washers, bolts, etc. I think I have something similar to writer’s block but it will come to me. : )

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado


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#1 posted 12-28-2018 02:55 PM

Take a stroll through the hardware section of your favorite store and see how they label their boxes. Might break the writers block, and you may find something to complete your collection. :)

-- Sawdust Maker

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#2 posted 12-28-2018 03:18 PM

Thanks LittleShaver, good suggestion. I need some screws anyway so it would be a good time to check it out. I also think that while I am doing this sorting, one bin will be the trash can, or possibly take to Habitat. I have stuff I have had for a long time and don’t use.
Thanks again,
Mike

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#3 posted 12-28-2018 03:35 PM

The biggest bin is always the “to be sorted” collection. I have a number of coffee cans serving that purpose 8^)

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#4 posted 12-28-2018 03:37 PM


The biggest bin is always the “to be sorted” collection. I have a number of coffee cans serving that purpose 8^)

- splintergroup

Oh if I could shrink my to be sorted 5 gal buckets down to coffee cans.

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#5 posted 12-28-2018 11:44 PM

My advice, don’t try and “fill” every slot in every container. In other words, don’t put un-like things in the same container just because there’s an empty slot.

I keep large quantities of things like hex nuts for 1/4-20, 5/16-18, and 3/8-16, matching washers, various lengths of bolts, etc. I have a whole organizer tray just for 1/4-20 hex bolts of different lengths. I tend to use a lot of machine screw type fasteners in my furniture projects since I incorporate steel and tapped holes in wood frequently. It’s also great to have this stuff on hand when you need to build complex jigs for the shop.

If you find that you have random oddities that don’t fit in any of your other containers, then make an ‘odds and ends” container. But be disciplined about it, don’t put stuff in a “miscellaneous” container just to avoid spending the time to find a real home for it.

EDIT: I should mention that I have 36 of these trays, maybe I went a bit over-board but my shop is more of a “maker space” rather than strictly a wood shop.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#6 posted 12-29-2018 12:58 AM

Thank you William. That is some good info and I will keep it in mind. I went out to the shop for a few minutes today and looked into it all some more but didn’t really get going on it yet. I did however settle on a labeling system. That helps.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#7 posted 01-06-2019 02:21 AM

Once I had loaded up the bins in this cart it became quite heavy. I could see that I needed to come up with some type of handles to grab onto when moving the thing around. I know these handles look a little odd but they work.
: )

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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