|Project by revwarguy||posted 06-05-2013 06:01 PM||1543 views||6 times favorited||6 comments|
When I first decided to have a shop, instead of a collection haphazardly stored tools in the garage and basement, one of the first things I did was make a place for all the nuts, bolts, screws, etc. that I always seemed to search for. I saw some of those plastic boxes that were initially used for fishing lures in a discount store and bought some. I liked them so much I ended up buying a number of them over time and needed a place to store them so they could slide in and out easily. I had more vertical room than floor space, so I needed something to work around that.
This is what I came up with – nothing outstanding in workmanship or clever in design, but something that’s helped my shop a lot. Its just a 3/4 ply case with dados for 1/2 ply shelves and a 1/2 in ply back to keep it square. It stands on some 2×4 feet with casters on each end, and the feet stick out in front as well as behind to give it some stability when moving it. It is a bit heavy in that it is filled with mostly bits of steel, and you don’t want this to tip over!
Don’t know if you can zoom in much, but one tray is marked 6-32, another for 10-24, etc. hardware. I initially populated it by buying a few assortment boxes of hardware and sorting them. This mostly came about after doing a project that had quite a bit of hardware in it, and looking at the receipt to add up all those $1 bags of 2-3 pieces of hardware I realized that way was going to break the bank!
Now I rarely have to make a trip to a big box place just for some common, and even not-so-common fasteners. Don’t know how much this has saved me on gas for obviated trips or simply by buying in bulk, but the sooner you do it, the more will be saved.
Anyway, nothing to write home about in terms of technique or style, but a pretty useful part of my shop.
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