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Brandon

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457 days ago

I have a been saving these plastic baby formula canisters because they look useful and are stackable, but I’m not sure what I should use them for. Any ideas?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"


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AnthonyReed

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#1 posted 457 days ago

Keep one if they are airtight for your camellia oil / jojoba oil / tallow rag, throw the rest in the recycle bin, then make small dovetail boxes for anything else you would have stored in them?

That is just a guess though. Did i win?

-- ~Tony

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redSLED

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#2 posted 457 days ago

For saving different kinds of sawdust for making your own ‘perfect match’ wood filler. Big wads of rolled up cash would fit it there nicely too.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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Mauricio

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#3 posted 457 days ago

Use them for safely trowing away your oily rags. Put some water in there, the oily rag, then throw it away.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Buckethead

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#4 posted 457 days ago

There are many uses. Paint, cleaning, fasteners, hardware, etc… Especially if you work as a carpenter or handyman. You can never have enough disposable containers. If you’re an accountant, and do woodworking as a hobby, I agree with the first response… Throw them out and make some boxes. But then again, you might want to stain those boxes so those contaners might come in handy yet.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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AnthonyReed

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#5 posted 457 days ago

That is a nice miter gauge you have there…

-- ~Tony

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pintodeluxe

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#6 posted 457 days ago

I have used containers of Dewalt biscuits for storing peg and dowel stock. I tried an Almond Rocha container once, but that just made me hungry.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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redSLED

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#7 posted 457 days ago

I’d be tempted to make my own butter and put it in those, not sure why.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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AnthonyReed

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#8 posted 457 days ago

^ I like your thinking.

-- ~Tony

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EPJartisan

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#9 posted 457 days ago

DUDE.. DO NOT GO DOWN THAT ROAD… saving things turns into a habit… a good portion of my studio is filled with me hoarding stuff like that starts as.. “Oh look these are cool!!!”.. or “Hi Eric, I have 300 national geographics to give you” OR I have thousands of corks from all my friends..I worked at a cigar shop one summer for the fun of it.. and came home with a good 40 old wooden boxes… I have no resistance for wine bottles and old light fixtures….and if I have no tight schedule and I drive past a dumpster… god save the supports of my car. I will take anything.

I have often pondered if there would be a market for raw art materials.. I get doors, cans of screws… anything people clean out of the attic or basement… I am addicted to second hand and thrift shops… I have to “Purge” and “Break Down” my studio 3 times a year or I get drowned in old screens, windows, buckets… old bed frames and chairs

I spend at least one day a month sorting crap and being diligent to say.. well I only have 5 or 10 of these.. so i should toss them out… and then a week later I find the perfect application and I kick myself for tossing it…. I recycle and re-use everything.. but it is a difficult thing to keep control of.. my studio mate.. lost that battle about a year ago. and I can’t even walk into his 1,000 sf studio.

Whew.. that warning given… LOL… the containers would be awesome for: small safety items, ear plugs and glasses.. or home-made tack cloths. ... Plastic, latex, or vinyl glove holders… or maybe even for colored pencil or markers.
That snap lid looks useful.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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SnowyRiver

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#10 posted 457 days ago

I usually keep small canisters like that for cleaning brushes.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Bullet

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#11 posted 457 days ago

I find that they’re perfect for taking up that last little bit of space I might have used for something useful. They’re also great for getting my wife to yell at me. It’s a good thing she hasn’t poked her head up into the access area above the garage!

-- Anything is possible when you have no idea what you're talking about.

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redSLED

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#12 posted 457 days ago

“DUDE.. DO NOT GO DOWN THAT ROAD…”

^ awesome reply.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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JustJoe

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#13 posted 457 days ago

Plastic baby food jars? Bah Humbug. What happened to the good-old days when they were made of glass with metal lids and every other magazine issue had some reader’s tip showing how to turn a few empty jars and a piece of 2×4 into a hanging, standing, rotating, or levitating small parts bin that could be opened with one hand, or just a finger, or by looking at it cross-eyed? They’d all win the tip-of-the-month and get some free tool or a hat and just when you thought the insanity was over, the next issue would come out and someone had doubled the number of jars, or found a new way to label them and the baby food jar wars had started all over.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 456 days ago

If you do lots of summer activities that involve beverage coolers, use these to make your own “block ice.” Fill, freeze, dump into cooler for long lasting cold. Throw away after use if it breaks apart, because you’ve got plenty more where that came from.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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redSLED

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#15 posted 456 days ago

Put a coat of shellac on those containers, scuff sand, then 3 coats of polyurethane – they will last longer. By then you will know what to put in them.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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