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Forum topic by ~Julie~ posted 06-10-2010 06:50 PM 4541 views 2 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-10-2010 06:50 PM

I’m looking for ideas on how to put screws, hooks, latches, washers, knobs, etc in some type of containers that can hang on cleats in my workshop. I want some system so that if I need a certain length of screw, say, that I can quickly find it and even take the correct container to the workbench.

I have some things on cleats, which you can see in my blog here and would like to organize all my little odds and ends in some neat way.

Does anyone have any photos of what they have done, or links to plans that they can share?


-- ~Julie~

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#1 posted 06-10-2010 06:57 PM

Hey Julie

This is what we have in our workshop, we have a bunch of jar lids screwed to the bottom of the hanging cabinets. Then we can see what’s in there and unscrew as necessary:

-- helen

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#2 posted 06-10-2010 06:59 PM

Northern Tool has quite a selection of storage bins, containers and drawer storage for small parts.

-- Doug...

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#3 posted 06-10-2010 07:14 PM

I built a tall custom cabinet with doors and shelves in the upper section for things like biscuits and loose tenons etc, drawers in the bottom sized for the storage bins like CampD mentioned. when I need a particular fastener I can find them easily and take the container over to the assembly bench when I need several. The cabinet is secured by a cleat on the wall. :)

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#4 posted 06-10-2010 07:18 PM

Julie you ever thought of making wooden buckets like the plastic ones you can bye i thin ki have a shopnotes issue that shows how to make i will look it up for you and if i have your email i can email it across to you


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#5 posted 06-10-2010 07:20 PM

I haven’t done it yet, but I am thinking of making several individual bins and drawers that will hang on my French cleats.

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#6 posted 06-10-2010 07:32 PM

I would like to make my own but maybe it’s easier to just buy some of these and hang them up on the cleats?

-- ~Julie~

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#7 posted 06-10-2010 07:34 PM

sending soon Julie

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#8 posted 06-10-2010 07:40 PM


I have the 39 drawer version of those, hung from the keyhole slots on screws and in turn in drywall anchors. It wouldn’t take more than a few seconds to mount the top half of a French cleat to the back of this thing, and a matching thickness spacer at the bottom. Fast, easy in use. What more could you want? Never mind, don’t answer that…

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#9 posted 06-10-2010 07:53 PM

I mostly use the plastic bins that tilt out that come in different sizes

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 06-10-2010 09:45 PM

Julie, I use the same style as you linked. In one particular shop setup I had, they were hanging on cleats. It worked really well, and I will probably use that setup again when I’m in a space that lends itself to it. I particularly like those bins (which I still use, just on shelves right now) because they’re clear so I don’t need to label anything. At least… not the hardware… I have another set of them for my cutting bits which I do label, but it’s easy to put them back where they belong because everything is so visible.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#11 posted 06-10-2010 09:49 PM

Shelves around the shop or linn bin system is the answer I have a whole wall to the front door with nothing but screws and a few partitions with bolts etc.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 06-11-2010 03:53 AM

As long as they are clear to see through. I use old bottles and try to organize them on shelfs or in boxes.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 06-11-2010 07:32 PM

I prefer to place all my hardware in unmarked cardboard boxes and stack them on crowded shelfs. That way you are constantly checking your hardware inventory to keep it all fresh in your mind.

Seriously, I’ve spent a lot of time organizing my tools, which I’ve just about finished (well, sort of). My hardware is the next step in my shop. I hate looking for something.


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#14 posted 06-11-2010 08:30 PM

I would recommend a ready built unit. Some of the large industrial supply houses as MSC have a good variety.

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#15 posted 06-11-2010 08:40 PM

I have an extensive collection of small hardware, mostly antique and reclaimed.
I store them in heavy duty zipper plastic bags and use office supply spring clips to hang them on a nail board.
I usually include any notes, labels or box lids in the plastic bags for reference and identification.

Easy to see and easy to find.

-- 温故知新

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