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11-17-2019 06:58 PM

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I have tried different things and different ideas but nothing seems to work as I wish it did

-- Bert


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#1 posted 11-17-2019 07:20 PM

I use a combination of these

Https://www.amazon.com/Stanley-25-Removable-Compartment-Professional-Organizer/dp/B00005QWYF/ref=mpsa11?keywords=stanley+small+parts+organizer&qid=1574018033&sprefix=Stanley+small&sr=8-1

https://www.amazon.com/Kreg-Company-KTC25-Screw-organizer/dp/B01LQC9UTM/ref=mpsa13?keywords=kreg+screw+organizer&qid=1574018136&sprefix=kreg+screw+or&sr=8-3

They are currently just stacked on the counter in my shop. But one of my next shop projects is to build a cabinet for them.

I really like the ability to either take an entire container with me or to open them up and take just the individual tray.

The kreg option has the lids on the individual trays which is nice for carrying them to a project without risking spilling.

The reason I use two types is that while I prefer the kreg option, sometimes I don’t need such large containers and it ends up being a waste of space for some of my parts.

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#2 posted 11-17-2019 07:25 PM

I’ve been using clear plastic food containers for my smaller lots, and clear plastic canisters for the large lots, like pounds of screws. I like that I can stack them, I can see at a glance what the size is without checking the label or opening them, and if I need them out of the shop I can just grab the sizes I believe I’ll need and take them with. Plus the lids seal them from dirt and moisture. I keep them on a shelve at eye hight in the shop, so I can see them at a glance.

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#3 posted 11-17-2019 07:37 PM

Thank you guys

-- Bert

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#4 posted 11-17-2019 07:43 PM

Dewalt containers work well for me as does the Milwaukees.

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#5 posted 11-17-2019 07:44 PM

Not big enough for my needs

-- Bert

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#6 posted 11-17-2019 08:15 PM

Here’s my system. Each container (ideally) is categorized to typs of screws, bolts, washers, etc. It’s not 100% the way I want it, but it works great when I need to find certain kinds of screws and such.

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#7 posted 11-17-2019 08:24 PM

The Everything really is a Dollar place in town had these same cases. When something both works, and is way cheaper than I could make them for, I buy me some.

I haven’t made it yet, but plan to make a stack cabinet, and I’ll put 10 of them in there. Something just like what Rayne posted.

For stuff I have a lot more of than what I can put in 1 or 2 of the bin openings I use this HF jewel. This would be like entire boxes of screws, stuff like that.

https://www.harborfreight.com/24-bin-bench-top-parts-rack-69572.html

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#8 posted 11-17-2019 08:32 PM



Here s my system. Each container (ideally) is categorized to typs of screws, bolts, washers, etc. It s not 100% the way I want it, but it works great when I need to find certain kinds of screws and such.

- Rayne


Nice, Next time I can’t find what I need I’m coming to your house. :)

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#9 posted 11-17-2019 08:39 PM

Right now, mine are scattered between two spots. Eventually, they’ll all be on the rolling rack of pull out bins, which has storage for large containers, since I buy my square drive and other screws in quantities.

I love the deals I found at garage sales. Because of them, I have been able to organize small parts for a fraction of the price these bin holders would have cost. The one looks horrible, but it’s still sound.

As I move to the multi drawer unit, my buddy gets my old, wood bins.

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#10 posted 11-17-2019 09:08 PM

Ok guys and thank you.
I learned along time ago that in a wood shop I want something closed if no I mostly collect dust in my bibs

-- Bert

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#11 posted 11-17-2019 09:41 PM

I have a bunch of these. https://www.harborfreight.com/24-divider-storage-container-94458.html

They are inexpensive, customizable and one thing I really like is that the bottom of the trough is curved, so it’s easy to scoop out screws etc with your fingers. Like you, I have to have a lidded box.

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#12 posted 11-17-2019 10:05 PM


Here s my system. Each container (ideally) is categorized to typs of screws, bolts, washers, etc. It s not 100% the way I want it, but it works great when I need to find certain kinds of screws and such.

- Rayne

Nice, Next time I can t find what I need I m coming to your house. :)

- LeeRoyMan


Funny you should say that because my neighbor came by yesterday looking for a certain length of screws and I got him some in under 10 seconds. lol. It was out of the blue, but the system worked. :)

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#13 posted 11-17-2019 10:21 PM

Your neighbor must have been very impressed

-- Bert

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#14 posted 11-17-2019 10:32 PM

I use a combination of the items mentioned before. The advantage of the Stanley, DeWalt and the Milwaukee containers is you can gain them together. The Milwaukee is designed so you open the lid while in this setup. Sp maller groups I keep in Kreg Hardware boxes https://www.menards.com/main/tools/power-tools-accessories/pocket-hole-jigs/kreg-reg-small-hardware-container-4-pack/kss-s/p-1497525481602-c-10090.htm?tid=9070615215309591391&ipos=30 and Viewtainers https://www.menards.com/main/tools/tool-storage/socket-organizers-small-parts-bins/viewtainer-reg-2-x-6-spill-proof-container-assorted-colors/cc26/p-1444445834108-c-9189.htm?tid=-6522116278126436866&ipos=84. I also use some metal drawers and plastic bins.
For the larger cases I made a adjustable shelf to hold some of them, need to build another one. Dan

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#15 posted 11-17-2019 10:45 PM

I go with the closest container is where the screws and bolts go. This system make for a scavenger hunt when looking for something. I do find things I was looking the week before. Maybe I will get some good organizational suggestions on this thread. The trick is putting them to practice.

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