Electrical Tape Container Storage

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Project by EAGLE posted 03-30-2008 06:55 AM 5342 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Working with different tradesmen like I do you come accross things that make you say “That would be handy if only…” Well this is one of those things. While working around a bunch of electricians on a jobsite I could not help but notice they were throwing away the plastic containers that the rolls of tape come in. So I asked them if they minded me taking them because I had a use for them. They said “sure, If you want we could save them for you, so I agreed. Over the next few days I drew up some prints for a box that holds 18 containers in 3 rows of 6.

The materiel used was 1/2” plywood
The box measures 6-1/8”H X 6-18”W X 12-7/8”L
The containers measure 3-5/8”W X 7/8”H

Hope everyone enjoys this one, I have several that I use for different projects:

One can be used to hold every type of drywall or wood screw from 1” to 3” in different styles.
One can be used for holding small electrical parts.
One can be used to hold an assortment of nails.
One can even be used buy a refinisher to hold different styles of upholstery tacks.
The uses of this box are endless

And now all the electricians on the job want me to make them one.

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#1 posted 03-30-2008 07:15 AM

That’s pretty cool. And to think I’ve been throwing them away.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-30-2008 10:44 AM

Clever idea. Organized storage is always necessary.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 03-30-2008 11:46 AM

Nice. What is “pointy zippy?”

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 03-30-2008 12:06 PM


This is a very practical solution for storing screws and other pieces of hardware. Very innovative.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Ad Marketing Guy - Bill

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#5 posted 03-30-2008 03:40 PM

Nice idea and execution- great way to have a portable storage center.

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#6 posted 03-30-2008 04:33 PM

Thats a cool ideal, I can think of all kinds of things to give in them namely my wifes beads and jewelry making supplys

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#7 posted 03-30-2008 04:46 PM

rikkor, “Pointy zippy” is a screw that is used to fasten metal framing members in wall construction when using light guage metals, Heavier guage metals use screws nicknamed “self-tapping zippies”
(the screws are actually about 7/16” long) Patrick

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#8 posted 03-30-2008 06:16 PM

Eagle, thank u for your project. It has come as a blessing in disguise for me as I was thinking how to make boxes for storaing innumerable items. I wanted to use 1/2” plywood and that is what u have used. I will now make several boxes to organise storage of various items small as well as big. I really appreciate the details like dimentions etc. which u have given. Pl tell how u have finished it because plywood can get spoiled by weather conditions.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 03-30-2008 10:35 PM


Coat it with 2 coats of Marine grade polyurethane.


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#10 posted 03-31-2008 12:16 AM

Eagle, a really neat idea, on storage of little nuts, bolts, screws and such. Thanks for clearing up the Pointy Zippy as well, you had me scratching my head for awhile. Keep building look forward to your projects. Going to add you as a Buddy if you don’t mind…..your brother in woodworking John

oh almost forgot, loved your drawings very nice lettering and numbers

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#11 posted 03-31-2008 07:46 PM

Great idea Patrick. I think I’ll favorite this one for future use :)

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#12 posted 04-15-2011 09:46 AM

Like it, nice job.

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#13 posted 05-31-2013 05:29 PM

Great idea

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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