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Forum topic by treesner posted 08-21-2016 04:04 AM 557 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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treesner

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08-21-2016 04:04 AM

Wondering what system you use? Was thinking about getting some tackle boxes but wondering what you use and how you group things


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mtenterprises

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#1 posted 08-21-2016 11:53 AM

I use whatever recyclable items I can find, mayonnaise and peanut butter jars, Nestle’s Quick containers. Plastic is so wonderful in this area (dropped and broke many a glass jar in years gone by). I use consistently sized boxes for larger things. I just simply label each container with a sharpie. I look at it this way why pay money for something you get free with every purchase. If you break a fancy storage container that’s dollars out the window but with recycled containers there’s another one on it’s way. If I were inclined, and I might be one day, I would build nice divided wooden boxes just to show off my skills.

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#2 posted 08-21-2016 12:41 PM

I bought a two sided Craftsman tool box base and put dividers in it. I’ve got several of the Milwaukee and Dewalt hardware boxes but it’s not as easy as opening a drawer.

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UncannyValleyWoods

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#3 posted 08-21-2016 12:46 PM



I bought a two sided Craftsman tool box base and put dividers in it. I ve got several of the Milwaukee and Dewalt hardware boxes but it s not as easy as opening a drawer.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 08-21-2016 12:51 PM

Found these cases at a auto svc center that closed. Got them for our favorite price of free.

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#5 posted 08-21-2016 01:01 PM

Good catch as those vintage drawer organizers are getting very expensive.

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#6 posted 08-21-2016 02:24 PM

I have a few of the Stanley compartment organizers, same idea as Woodbucherbynight but in plastic .

The see through covers let you see what’s in each compartment, you can get these organizers in variety of sizes for different purposes like one with only pocket screws of each size available ,one for machine screws ad bolts, or one for electrical fasteners and terminals etc.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#7 posted 08-21-2016 02:34 PM

My screws and such are always perfectly organized. Everything is filed under Misc. Hardware in one big bin. It’s the Mulligan Stew retrieval system – stir until what you need comes to the top.

Since my projects don’t use many screws or bolts I tend to buy just what I need when I need it, only the leftovers make it into the bin.

M

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#8 posted 08-21-2016 11:34 PM

Then you can build a storage cabinet for these. Label the ends, and you have a very expandable system


I have a few of the Stanley compartment organizers, same idea as Woodbucherbynight but in plastic .

The see through covers let you see what s in each compartment, you can get these organizers in variety of sizes for different purposes like one with only pocket screws of each size available ,one for machine screws ad bolts, or one for electrical fasteners and terminals etc.

- distrbd


-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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Rentvent

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#9 posted 08-22-2016 12:41 AM

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/232994

I used the Stanley organizers, but HF sells equivalents. They even sell smaller parts trays that are 1/2 width. The HF are slightly different dimensions and can’t be mixed with the Stanley if you are hanging them on cleats or dadoes in a cabinet.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#10 posted 08-22-2016 01:49 AM



My screws and such are always perfectly organized. Everything is filed under Misc. Hardware in one big bin. It s the Mulligan Stew retrieval system – stir until what you need comes to the top.

Since my projects don t use many screws or bolts I tend to buy just what I need when I need it, only the leftovers make it into the bin.

M

- MadMark

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rustfever

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#11 posted 08-22-2016 03:27 AM

I obtained some ‘Pigeon Hole’ shelving/storage systems from Fastenal for ‘On-The-Cheap’. [AKA: bolt bins]

I walked in to the local store and found number of metal shelving systems designed for small part storage with 50/75 holes, that had been lightly damaged. They sold me one for $30. The damage is minor and next to the wall, so you will never see it.

But the price was lower than on of those plastic ‘tackle-box’ things that only have 15 or 20 spaces. Using a labeler, I now have # 6, #8, #10, #12, and #14 screws in about 6 or 8 lengths, PLUS another 25/35 spaces for other types of normally used fasteners.

Love them.

BTW, I also obtained similar systems for machine bolts/nuts/washer from #8 to 1/2 inch ‘D’ in multiple lengths.

Watch for the ‘Bolt Bin’ in distress at Fastenal or other high-volume specialty fasterners supply stores. You may be very surprised in the cost!

Ira.
Central California

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RogR

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#12 posted 08-23-2016 02:51 AM


My screws and such are always perfectly organized. Everything is filed under Misc. Hardware in one big bin. It s the Mulligan Stew retrieval system – stir until what you need comes to the top.

Since my projects don t use many screws or bolts I tend to buy just what I need when I need it, only the leftovers make it into the bin.

I use a compromise solution. I organize “extra” wood screws into 4 equal size sturdy cardboard trays, as follows:
less than 1”, 1-2” , 2-3”, 3’+ .
and a couple of bins for “odds and sods”.

I use a lot of screws in my day job, so I have new packages on an adjacent shelf, and this is overflow/shop supplies. It greatly simplifies both storing and finding.

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RogR

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#13 posted 08-23-2016 02:53 AM


My screws and such are always perfectly organized. Everything is filed under Misc. Hardware in one big bin. It s the Mulligan Stew retrieval system – stir until what you need comes to the top.

I use a compromise solution. I organize “extra” wood screws into 4 equal size sturdy cardboard trays, as follows:

  • <1> special hardware.

I use a lot of screws in my day job, so I have new packages on an adjacent shelf, and this is overflow/shop supplies. It greatly simplifies both storing and finding.

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