Shop Improvements #1: Hardware Rack

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Blog entry by wolflrv posted 11-30-2011 03:26 AM 1830 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the process of organizing the shop I had definite need of hardware storage. I had an old dresser that I revamped and used it for the larger parts, but the small stuff was overwhelming. I had 5 generic boxes and bought 5 more plano 3700 boxes to sort everything into. Here’s a pic of the sorting process which took over 9hrs to finish…LOL! It was a long day!

Next I built a rack to hold all 10 of the boxes. I used some surplus PT 1×2 stock that I had. Here’s a pic of the end detail on the rack.

And one more showing the front view.

It works extremely well and I can just grab a box, set it on the bench and get what I need.

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 11-30-2011 06:07 AM

I’ve been thinking of using the Plano boxes as well, it looks like the work better than I thought they would, thanks for posting this.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 11-30-2011 03:22 PM

This is all well and good, but you’ll miss the joy of rummaging through a big tin of assorted screws, nails, hinges, odd things and stabbing yourself under the finger nail.
But seriously, it does look a neater way of working.
There is something very therapeutic about sorting out an assorted tin of hardware into their correct place in a tray.

-- Martin, Rugby, United Kingdom. Make Tea, Not War.

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#3 posted 11-30-2011 03:37 PM

Your cabinet is really nice. When I did one a while back, I never knew how much I would rely on this. It is a requirement of a nice shop. I also bought a bunch od the magnetic spice cannisters from Ikea for the heavily used screw sizes.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#4 posted 11-30-2011 05:41 PM

Great job. Look for the same size boxes in the sewing aisle at Wal-Mart. They have better latches and hinges than the Plano boxes and are far cheaper in most areas. My area stores have two sizes. No outdoorsy fees/taxes on the sewing boxes like there is on the Plano stuff.

-- Dennis, WV

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#5 posted 12-13-2011 02:50 AM

Looks like You have a good job behind You! Should cut down on the searching ! That is something I need to get better with. Nice job, Good ideas!

-- Saved! and so gratefull.Consider Who Created it All

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