Brass Storage Box

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-26-2015 02:31 AM 1297 views 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an organization project out of necessity. I use a fair amount of brass in my wood projects. I buy some and I have friends on the look out for any being scrapped. I have had it squirreled away all over the place. There are times when I thought I did not have the needed size and it really was here- but where??

So when I put the new slides on my short pieces drawers ( last photo), I had to clean them out and I went hunting for any brass in all the other storage places.

I made an inventory of lengths of round stock and made this box ( out of scrap plywood laying around) to hold the various size pieces. The 4th photo is the box for the real short pieces that hangs on the long box with a couple of screws in key hole slots on the back. I added a support block for insurance on account of the weight. It is all in one place now !!!!!!!!!

The 5th shot shows a process shot- all of it was glued together- then I put in a bunch of staples afterward for insurance. It is finished with shellac.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 05-26-2015 03:16 AM

Very nice Jim, that will make finding those pieces so much easier, and all in one spot,
Great idea.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 05-26-2015 03:23 AM

Good to have it all together, Jim. Now you just have to remember to use it! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 05-26-2015 03:37 AM

Thank you! I thought my drawers were messy, but looking at yours nothing wrong with them.LOL
I am with you on the brass, just ordered some flat bar for knife hinges and them are some expensive
hinges once they are made. Guess I will have to find a spot to store now the standard has been set.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 05-26-2015 07:17 AM

Geeeeze Mate, I wish I had your ability to sort out my shop & have a place for everything, & it’s always a practical “sort out” :) :)
cheers Jim


Starting to get a bit cold down here right now, roads closed 12” to 18” snow on the passes, we start our mid year Xmas

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 05-26-2015 09:18 AM

Keeping things nice and tidy, looks great Jim.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#6 posted 05-26-2015 09:49 AM

I like this design. It’s very important to have nice and clean workshop and when you actualy know where things are.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 05-26-2015 10:10 AM

Jim, you have a good collection of Brass there. Seeing that you are a Metal Man as well as a Wood Man, you can’t have too much bits and pieces and lengths of Brass. Great project and very satisfying for you to stand back and admire your nice tidy shop.

Years ago when I was growing up ( still haven’t grown up yet ) there were what we called Dumps provided by the Local Council. Folk would dump anything from Old Car Bodies to unwanted Metals, bottles, wood, children’s toys. you name it and it could be found at the dump. People would arrive at the dump and drop off their rubbish and usually find “Treasures’ in others rubbish and go home with a full trailer load. Much to the shock and dismay of Mothers and Wives. There are places around my home town that are now a football field or park and I know that deep down under that nice grassy surface is the resting place of all of the above mentioned ‘Treasures” Oh how I sometimes pine for those far off days when life was so simple.

I forgot to mention. Some people would spend the day at the dump with a backpack a hacksaw and file while they searched for Brass and whatever other metals and fittings they could find. My Brother and I were one of them.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#8 posted 05-26-2015 10:31 AM

Man, you sure get a lot done!
I bet that brass is heavy. Did you secure it so IF it wants to tip over it doesn’t?
I have a small collection of brass. I try to remember to put it in the china cabinet I use for plastic peanut butter jars full of screws, nails and spare parts & other “recovered materials”.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#9 posted 05-26-2015 11:31 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I was not going to post this but since it might be handy for someone else, I did.
Hi Rad, 457. those drawers are full of small pieces or plastic, aluminum and then Steel and brass. I often need a small piece for something so I don’t throw much away. then I don’t have to cut it off a big chunk.

Hi Pete, it is hard to think about snow here when it is getting hot. Are you up high enough to have any around you??

Hi Cliff, we can’t take anything out of the dumps now either. Now that metal is so high, everyone takes to the recyclers. I go there to buy it some times when I get desperate. You sell them brass at $2 a pound and buy it for $4.20 a pound! We have scrap metal drives at our church and the guys snag me brass that would be sent to the recycler. I have pretty good stock from 1/8” to 1.5” right now
Speaking of dumps, in Arizona they cut down mesquite trees all over the place and throw them in the dump and you cannot take anything out of there. All that beautiful wood going to waste!

Hi Rod, this sits on the floor and has one screw at the top to keep it to the wall. I’m almost out of wall space !!
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 05-26-2015 01:34 PM

Sometimes it just hits you to do something. I have some brass, copper rod and tubing and had the same problem. Some over here some up there. Years ago I built a mini cue rack to store my dowel rod and it worked great. It was many years later I said, why not store those rods with them. Life would be so much easier if we could see everything at once.
Good work Jim.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 05-26-2015 01:55 PM

Hi Dave. I had thought of that too. I have my dowels stored horizontally in PVC tubing and I was going to do that for these, but I would have had to go out and buy the PVC and I have all the plywood laying around so that is what I used this time. I still have copper tubing and thinwall conduit standing against the wall in the barn. I just have too much stuff, buy it is needed from time to time so I keep stock!.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 05-26-2015 03:54 PM

Very nice solution for a problem that just seems to sneak up on us. I need to do something like this, but do not have any thing near the brass you have accumulated.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#13 posted 05-26-2015 04:04 PM

the last few posts ive seen all kinds of storage solutions, one for tape, one for glue and now one for brass, there all really good ideas and should help everyone organize there shops better, lumberjocks is a great place for ideas to come together and to be shared, thanks jim, and i really do like brass and wood together, they compliment each other and can really make a wood project look even more classy…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 05-26-2015 08:45 PM

Organization is the name of the game but it is so hard to keep up. Nicely done Jim.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#15 posted 05-26-2015 09:36 PM

Nice one Jim. Seems to be a well thought out project that helps manage your brass hording tendancies…lol. It seems the more I try and organize, the more junk I drag in to add to the mix.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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