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Forum topic by Rob posted 05-20-2008 09:49 PM 1289 views 1 time favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-20-2008 09:49 PM

I want to make an organiser for nails, screws, etc.etc. I know you can buy plastic drawers but I thought I might make it out of wood instead. Has anyone here done that already and have a good design that they want to share. I did a search of the projects but found little. A picture of your work would be great if you’ve got it. Thanks.

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#1 posted 05-20-2008 09:56 PM

sorry mines a bucket lol

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#2 posted 05-20-2008 09:59 PM

Some like this that tilts out and pivots at the bottom would be nice.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 05-20-2008 10:20 PM

I built this 8 or 9 years ago. The arms (2X2) swing out to access the jars. The jar lids are screwed to the arms with 2 screws. I used spaghetti sauce jars. If I remember right, there’s a 4X4 inside the 1/8” plywood. There are notches to allow the arms to swing as well as a vertical notch to hold a 1/2” piece of steel rod.

It’s a compact way to hold lots of different stuff.

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - - -

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#4 posted 05-21-2008 01:45 AM

Wow Rustic,that’s pretty awesome! See I knew I’d get something interesting if I put it out there. I like how you can see everything, and that it’s sealed from dust. Also like the low cost; although I will be eating spagetti everyday for a month! Now I imagine they are not the quickest to access, but I bet you are a hand tool kind of guy if you have “Rustic” in your name! Thanks for the input!

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#5 posted 05-21-2008 03:11 AM

i just have a little 20 drawer thing that i got at lowes. it works fine but, i don’t have a lot of fasteners or hardware. mostly just brads and random stuff but it does work great.

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#6 posted 05-21-2008 03:14 AM

I’m with Jarrod on this one. I use the time tested Coffee can method. Now I do order my screws in 1000 count lots, so I have a seperate can for the different sizes, 1 1/4” 1 1/2” etc. I have one of those rubbermaid tubs with the lid where I keep my drawer slides, must be about 40 sets in there. As for pulls and hinges, I keep them in thier original packaging and they reside in a 5 gallon bucket. But, I am building more storage so I hope to resolve this mess soon.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#7 posted 05-21-2008 03:18 AM

I have organized my stuff so many times, but I’m such a lazy slob that pretty soon all my efforts at organization are wasted. I give up… I’ve been getting coffee in the really big cans.

-- Adapt, improvise, overcome

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#8 posted 05-21-2008 04:44 AM

This has worked for me, mainly for mechanical what-nots. It is a cabinet with drawers filled with the semi-disposable Rubbermaid containers. 6 of them fit nicely in one drawer. I can pick out container, snap a lid on it, and carry it around. They go on sale every now and then for pretty cheap, and are curiously strong. They also stack on a shelf pretty well.

Here is a pic. The drawers are pulled out for clarity.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 05-21-2008 08:11 AM

There is always a couple ORGANIZED guys to ruin the fun ….!

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#10 posted 05-23-2008 11:45 PM

This is what I’ve done. It’s a 24 drawer cabinet about 12×18 in. About half of the drawers are divided because I didn’t require the whole space for some small hardware. I figure when it fills I can just make another and stack it on top or below. Much of this wood was from the damaged section at Home Depot so it didn’t cost me very much. It’s hung with a french cleat. Thanks again for all your input and ideas!


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#11 posted 05-24-2008 12:20 AM

Here’s how I store mine.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 05-24-2008 12:39 AM

I use the clear tackle box dividers for the parts that I have just a few of…other then that its coffee cans and yogurt containers

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#13 posted 05-24-2008 05:49 AM

I am a Kraft peanut butter jar kinda guy. I do however make sue I use specifis forms of Kraft peanut butter at times just so as to get different coloured lids.

Chunky peanut butter has a Yellow lid…..
Smooth peanut butter has a Green lid…..
Creamy peanut butter has a Red lid…...

Now I can get organized based upon colour as well.

Yes if I need a specific lid colour I will buy that kind of peanut butter that week!

-- Kevin

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