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Forum topic by Kelly posted 04-23-2017 07:11 AM 341 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kelly

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04-23-2017 07:11 AM

Sometimes you need rags, if you don’t want to ruin your good towels, wash cloths, shirts or pants. If you have a shop, you may need a lot of them, be it for wiping up oil, applying stain or just cleaning up some spilled finish or chemical.

Like many, I have a lot of rags (it seems I make new ones every day, which my wife will vouch for). Storing them was a problem. Especially since I’m stingy with my shop space. Up until recently, my solution was to pretend I didn’t see the big, open boxes of rags, except when I needed one. As you might guess, that has disadvantages. Especially if you want to pass off as organized and kept.

For whatever reason, as I picked up a rag the other day, my mine went to the bag holders I’d made for the kitchen, then to an “ah hah!” moment focused on a five gallon bucket, of which I have several.

I grabbed a bucket and a lid, then drew a square on the front, near the bottom. When my geometric artwork was done, I grabbed my jig saw and cut the square out. Then I grabbed a piece of coarse sand paper and knocked off the burrs.

One the project was complete, I crammed the rags from the box into the bucket and was pleased to learn the bucket held the contents of the fairly large box. I taped the lid on just enough to hold it in place, to keep the dust out.

Next, I drilled a hole in a ceiling stud and installed an eye hook (the open type), then hung the bucket by its handle.

Now, all the rags are near where I work, but still not in the way, and they don’t take up valuable floor real estate.

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Just for reference, the opening is about eight inches (6”) tall and about twelve inches (10”) wide.



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artsyfartsy

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#1 posted 04-23-2017 01:11 PM

Pretty slick idea Kelly, I’ll have to try it.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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woodbutcherbynight

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#2 posted 04-23-2017 04:08 PM

Good idea. My friend made a box like this as a insert in a large drawer with a opening in the front to pull them out. To screw with him I took the rags out and put in a queen size sheet and pulled a little out of his hole.

A priceless moment when he went to pull out a single rag and just keep pulling.

ROFLMAO

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Kelly

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#3 posted 04-23-2017 04:10 PM

[NOTE TO SELF: You have friends like this, hang a razor knife off the bucket.]


Good idea. My friend made a box like this as a insert in a large drawer with a opening in the front to pull them out. To screw with him I took the rags out and put in a queen size sheet and pulled a little out of his hole.

A priceless moment when he went to pull out a single rag and just keep pulling.

ROFLMAO

- woodbutcherbynight


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