Brad Storage / Organizer from 4x4

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Project by Siegel_KenEvil posted 06-10-2012 12:22 AM 1626 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is long over dew. My Porter Cable 18 gauge brad nailer has been with me for years and has held up well. My only complaint is the case it comes with only provides a small area to store brads but not enough, especially for the longer ones. Personally, I think they should have omitted the provisions to store safety glasses to provide better brad organization. I’m never ready to put my glasses away anyways.

So, getting all my different brad sizes to fit neatly has become an increasing problem and I’ve been kicking around ideas to resolve it. Today I was preparing my workshop for a new project and I noticed my nailer, with a mess of brads resting on top, had been sitting there for weeks because I didn’t know what to do with it. I could wait no longer.

The entire project took about two hours including figuring out the concept. The child of a band saw box and drill index. It’s made from a 6” long – 4×4 and I quickly realized I wasn’t going to be able to have a slot for every possible size so I chose the top five sizes (1”, 1.25”, 1.5”, 1.75”, 2”). I cut off one end then cut the dados for the 1/4” plywood lid. Then I cut off the other end and cut a series of dados at different depths. I wanted to make my dados as small as possible so that the dividing ribs weren’t too thin. I made them 7/16” but that’s slightly too small for a new package of brads. One strip will not fit so make yours slightly bigger if this is a big concern. I chose to throw the extra strip away.

Wow, I really wrote a lot for such a simple project. If anyone is interested, I can create and post a dimensioned drawing.

-- Scott

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#1 posted 06-10-2012 12:33 AM

That’s definitely a project I have to do.
My brads are all over the place inside my nail gun case.
Thanks for sharing Scott !

-- Eric, central Florida

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#2 posted 06-10-2012 12:51 AM

Good job. Very classy and functional.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 06-10-2012 01:12 AM

Nice design and build. Good job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 06-10-2012 01:38 AM

I’m kicking myself right now. There’s more and more stock as the dados get shallower for the shorter brads. I could have / should have came in from the other side for 7/8” – 1/2” brads. Maybe I’ll make another one tomorrow.

-- Scott

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#5 posted 06-10-2012 01:30 PM

I like the concept. I don’t think I will ever have to build one for my brads, because I don’t use them much.
I could see making a bunch of them, stacking them up and using it for hardware organizer. I think it could look good.

-- Mel,

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#6 posted 06-10-2012 03:45 PM

Very slick & simple idea. Thnx for sharin..

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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