In my last blog post, I related the story of the purchase of an extensive hardware stash at a local yard sale for ten bucks.
In the intervening time, I’ve had a chance to go through most of the baby food jars and coffee cans to assess the contents. What I’ve found includes a large quantity of nails, common and finish in all sizes from 3d up to 20d, as well as a number of the same in wire sizes.
Wood and sheet metal screws are plentiful in all sizes and head configurations , but scattered throughout the collection, much of it mixed together in the jars.
The official handsawgeek crystal ball predicts a lot of sorting in my future!
Many of the jars and cans contain various other bits of hardware: tacks, cup hooks, staples, screw eyes, machine bolts, washers, nuts, wall anchors, electrical crimp connectors, pegboard hooks, etc. Everything that one would expect to find in the hardware collection of a consummate DIY’r.
I even found a solitary cut nail!
So, besides the sorting, I am faced with the dilemma of how to integrate all of this material into the existing handsawgeek hardware system.
But, wait a minute…there really isn’t that great of a system to begin with. All of my hardware is currently stored in a ramshackle assortment of Acro-Mills cabinets, bins, cigar boxes, shoe boxes and Altoid tins. Add to this the fact that my shop is divided into two separate areas of activity – the garage and the Basement Annex, each with its own particular set of hardware requirements.
Perhaps a massive hardware organization project is in order…..
To begin with, I looked at that mass of baby food jars. My initial inclination was to just dump all of the screws, nuts, ‘n bolts into cigar boxes and toss the jars.
A little voice in my head said, “Don’t do it, geek!”
Instead, I fired up the PC and consulted the Wonderful World Wide Web to learn all about baby food jars.
“HOLY SMOKES !!! These puppies are selling for up to a dollar a pop on e-Bay !!! And I just acquired 94 of ‘em! No way am I going to toss them in the trash! Thanks, little voice in my head !!””
The next thought was….why not use these jars to.…
No….no way…create a new, comprehensive hardware storage system?
This is now precisely what I have settled upon!
After all, there are advantages…each jar can be labeled, and the contents are readily visible. Just build a suitable, easily accessible rack/shelf unit, and all will be golden! And, being made of glass and metal, they are fully HTOZ compliant!
Win/Win on all fronts!
So, welcome to the handsawgeek’s newest blog series ever….the Gerber Hardware Storage System !