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Forum topic by Nate Finch posted 08-21-2015 05:09 PM 817 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Nate Finch

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08-21-2015 05:09 PM

We have a baby who is going through monster amounts of baby food, and I was wondering if anyone on here had idea for using them. We all know our grandparents had a dozen babyfood jars filled with random screws… but in this day and age, having random screws does not seem terribly useful or necessary. They’re also so small that I am doubtful they’ll actually be useful, but I’m open to ideas.

-- Nate, Harvard, MA


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mahdee

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#1 posted 08-21-2015 05:38 PM

You can do a lot with them. screw the lid to a shelf bottom and have them hanging there. I bet they will be filled with things in a few weeks. It can hold those ever missing screw heads for the drill, mineral oil, washers. wood screws, wax, various powders, band-aid if you don’t have a first-aid and so on. You can also keep your application rags that you don’t want to dry up right away in them.

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#2 posted 08-21-2015 06:04 PM

They do make a mess when dropped on a concert floor. DAMHIKT

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#3 posted 08-21-2015 06:08 PM

Alaska Guy: I spent a minute trying to figure out what baby food would be doing at a concert (is this a raver thing, like soothers?). Then I figured that it was probably a typo for concrete floor?

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#4 posted 08-21-2015 06:34 PM


Alaska Guy: I spent a minute trying to figure out what baby food would be doing at a concert (is this a raver thing, like soothers?). Then I figured that it was probably a typo for concrete floor?

- jdh122

m happy you figured it out.

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#5 posted 08-21-2015 06:54 PM

If they are the glass jar type here a few ideas:
- Build a nice spice rack and use them as see though containers
- It is summer and fruits are at its best and plentyfull. Cook up a batch of plum marmelade/lemon curd/your favorite picles/chutney and use as gifts
- If you have a garden they are good for storing dryed seeds to use next year. Salads, herbs, flowers are great for making your own seeds.
- Great for smaller batches of finishes: Different mixes of bees wax/stains/shellac/hide glue/soap finish/oils. Looks great on the shelf in the workshop

Let us know what you deside!

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SuperCubber

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#6 posted 08-21-2015 11:42 PM

These are the plastic versions of the baby food “jars.” They came in pretty handy for sorting a lot of my hardware.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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Zboom

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#7 posted 08-22-2015 01:30 AM

Like you I thought they would be a good idea. Problem with the jars I could not get them tight enough to hold anything. The weight of any contents would pull the lid right off. We were using Gerber and beech nut jars. Good luck

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#8 posted 08-22-2015 04:17 AM

My Dad saved and used all our baby food jars. I’m 55 and the thing he built is still used today. What he did is he made a, for lack of a better word, rolling shelf that could spin on a center post. He had about 6 “shelves”. On each shelf he screwed 8-10 baby food jar lids and added the jars. They all have been full with various things he used in his shop. I doubt that there was a week that went by that he didn’t get some oddball piece of hardware or small tidbit from that contraption. And, like I said, my brother is still using it.

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Dabcan

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#9 posted 08-23-2015 12:24 AM

great for mixing up small amounts of finish, I usually use yogurt containers but they don’t seal well compared to the little glass jars.

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EEngineer

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#10 posted 08-23-2015 01:41 AM

having random screws does not seem terribly useful or necessary. They’re also so small that I am doubtful they’ll actually be useful

Well, I disagree on both counts…

I constructed this shelf system many years ago when my son was going through baby food (he is 27 now).

There aren’t many projects in my shop that don’t include at least one trip here!

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