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Forum topic by Micah posted 07-09-2021 05:44 AM 1917 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Micah

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07-09-2021 05:44 AM

On the hunt for the best option for a plastic storage bin/drawer system for all my screws, nails, bolts, nuts, washers, etc. etc. This one on Amazon is more or less what I’m looking for and it seems to have tons of good reviews. Anyone know of any other options like this that I might want to consider before getting this one on Amazon?

I am currently using a few DeWalt storage cases (like this one and this one), but I don’t really need the portability offered by these cases, and they’re quite heavy and cumbersome when filled and I hate having to pull them out of a cabinet every time I need a single screw.

Something stationary and permanent, with individually accessible bins, where the small parts are clearly visible as well as (eventually) labeled is what I’m after.

Anyone have any other suggestions besides the Akro-Mils one on Amazon I linked to above? Thanks!


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AlaskaGuy

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#1 posted 07-09-2021 06:45 AM

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#2 posted 07-09-2021 07:21 AM

Small parts storage solutions?

Check out Uline catalog, or website:
https://www.uline.com/Cls_32/Shelving-Bins-and-Storage

USPlastics has lots of options too:
https://www.usplastic.com/catalog/default.aspx?catid=463

They may not be cheapest sources online, but when it comes to industrial grade permanent small parts storage; they carry the most common solutions.

Good luck with decision.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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drsurfrat

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#3 posted 07-09-2021 11:45 AM

machine and wood screws
brass, galvanized and stainless
5 common screw sizes
4 head types
4 useful lengths = 480 drawers; you’ll only need 11 cases !

har har.

I have had decent luck with Uline stuff, but not specifically parts drawers. Grainger and McMaster Carr are also good sources to look at many different options.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 07-09-2021 11:54 AM

Check out Plano boxes on Amazon.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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ibewjon

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#5 posted 07-09-2021 12:20 PM

Menards, home Depot and Lowe’s have many storage containers and bins in stock if there is one near you. Nice to really see the drawer sizes.

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#6 posted 07-09-2021 12:59 PM

Empty coffee cans ( chock full of nuts Donut Shop). For the budget minded :)

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Ed Weber

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#7 posted 07-09-2021 01:26 PM

I wish I could house all my screws and hardware in a unit like that, I could reclaim some shop space.

If I need a few screws or bolts or whatever, I buy a box of 100. I’ve been doing this (when I can) for decades. It’s cheaper per item and you build a nice inventory so you’re ready for any project.
I’m not the guy who has to take 4 trips to the hardware store to finish a project.

I would suggest to just think about expansion, that unit might fit everything today but you’ll more than likely need more room next year.

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SMP

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#8 posted 07-09-2021 01:39 PM

personally i like the hybrid type, where they can mount on a wall and pivot out, but if you want/need to take it with you, you can slide it off te screws and use it as a portable. works good for me when working outside or doing something at another site(sometimes i build stuff for family and friends)
this is one but some other makers make this style as well:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-12-Compartment-Small-Parts-Organizer-Flip-Bin-DWST14121/305666804

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TcJ

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#9 posted 07-09-2021 02:34 PM

For my wood shop, I standardized on 6000/7000 series TuffTainers from Flambeau:
https://www.flambeaucases.com/tuff-tainer
Reasonably priced (around $6-$7 for these models), sturdy, and highly configurable. I find it useful to have a bunch of containers that are all of the same size. I built a cabinet that holds 24 of them.

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#10 posted 07-09-2021 02:51 PM

For most of my screws, I use Rx bottles that are about 3” tall with screw on lids. I added labels to the top. I just saved up my used ones. However, eBay has any you can dream of.

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#11 posted 07-09-2021 06:36 PM

+1 with ‘Ed Weber’... It’s more of a individual need, What works for one may not work for someone else. I like to buy mine 100 count if not 250 count at a time. Preferably if clear plastic containers if possible.

I had four storage containers like the one you highlighted on Amazon. I gave two of them away to a friend. The two I still have, they’re full of odd specialty screws, bolts, washers, nuts and fasteners. Sits off to the side collecting dust. Very seldom I’ll need what’s in these.

The Kreg screws I stack the containers they come in (they have a stackable feature). I use a marker to mark the end of the container.

One of my tool boxes, the two lower drawers, I also keep a large assortment of nails, screws, nuts and washers. In original boxes with the labels facing up. I also have found that the plastic containers that your kitchen spices come in, make good containers for this also. I cut off the top off to the height needed (my wife saves these for me). Open a tool box drawer and you see everything there at a glance.

I have a metal four drawer parts cabinet (with 30 compartment slots each drawer). I keep a assortment of lag bolts, Carriage bolts and galvanized bolts. With matching nuts and washers.

On a 4” deep shelf, I keep a row of cabinet screws, narrow head screws, and exterior Screws. In the original clear plastic containers, in order of size.

My dad’s 2’x4’ workbench that has eight drawers under it. each drawer has 80 compartment slots for all his screws, nuts, washers, bolts and misc. fasteners. Don’t try moving it, it’s one heavy workbench…

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#12 posted 07-09-2021 07:25 PM

I find those cans to be a PITA. I use divided plastic boxes.

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#13 posted 07-09-2021 08:48 PM

I used to be a cigar smoker, so I made a rack to hold the boxes. I only keep large fasteners in them, like 1/4” and over of carriage bolts, lags, nuts and washers. All other under 1/4” fasteners are kept in plastic Acro mills drawer cabinets. Being a model maker (trains), I have separate cabinets for fasteners ranging from 00-90 up to 8-32 screws, nuts and washers. I also keep twist drills, taps and dies with the fasteners. I also have a separate storage for used fasteners, like metric and SAE. I have some workbench drawers that hold bulk like nails, drywall screws and specialty items not frequently used, but used for outdoor construction projects. Storage of fasteners was my first priority as they can be a very large collection. The worst thing is to be into a project and not have the needed fasteners and it is after 5:00 on a Saturday. Big box stores are available 7 days, but they are too far away to go for a few screws. BTW, I buy all my fasteners in bulk of 100 to the box at McMaster-Carr.

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HowardAppel

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#14 posted 07-10-2021 01:33 AM

IMO, you need to decide what parts you are going to use, e.g., how many sizes and TPI for bolts and nuts, how many you buy at a time and how are you going to use them. Do you prefer to grab a selection of screws and take them to your work piece or do you count out exactly as many as you need. Also, where is your work site located compared to where your storage is—do you want multi-unit containers or single unit containers. Do you care if they have clear fronts/tops so you can see what is in them, do you care if they have tops at all, or are kept in a drawer.

If you want to see a thoroughly OCD and very impressive use of small parts storage, check out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBNkCm2-jTY

at Fleet’s Woodshop.

Most importantly, we want pics once you are done.

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Lazyman

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#15 posted 07-10-2021 01:06 PM

I really like these tip out bins. They are a little pricey but are very durable and you can configure multiple sizes for whatever parts you need to organize.

Of course these are my favorite storage bins

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-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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