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01-05-2015 04:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question nail storage

I’m in the middle of an overdue shop cleaning. One problem area for me is my collection of 1 pound boxes of nails and screws typically used for home/shop improvement type projects. I don’t use them very frequently. For now they are stacked in a wooden crate that gets shoved into a back corner. I’m looking for a better solution that is easy to implement. Any suggestions?

I was thinking about getting 2 or 3 ammo cans from an army surplus store. One for nails, another for screws, and maybe a third for specialty stuff (drywall anchors, TapCons, pop rivits, etc.) Does anyone use those? If you do, what size works best?

Thanks for your help.

-- Greg D.


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#1 posted 01-05-2015 04:54 PM

Maybe a tackle box that works like the Festool organizer ^

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#2 posted 01-05-2015 05:16 PM

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#3 posted 01-05-2015 06:21 PM

I use small zip lock bags aprox 4 inches by 5 inches – I add a 1/2 sheet of index card in each bag to list the table of contents and what wooden box they are stored in. I place these in a series of about 6 wooden boxes labeled a thru f – I then make a “table of contents” that lists everything in every box – so if I need 1 inch drywall screws the table of contents lists them as being in box “c” – this system has worked well for me—if i travel to one of my kids house I can take small bags of items needed and replace as necessary – I hOpe this makes sence.

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#4 posted 01-05-2015 06:29 PM

I keep mine on the top shelf on one wall in the shop. Still in the boxes in which they were packed. Easy to find, see the size, etc.
Bill

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#5 posted 01-05-2015 06:30 PM

I keep the trays in my organizers full and put the boxes up somewhere. So you only have to pull the box out for a refill on occasion.

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#6 posted 01-05-2015 07:08 PM

Hi, I use plastic peanut butter containers, so I can see how much I have on hand… and for traveling with more nails I use wet-wipe containers.. both the tall and flat ones. The larger boxes get stored until the other containers need refilling.

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BasementShop

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#7 posted 01-06-2015 02:49 AM

Do you frequent Costco?

I’ve been using their ‘home made’ soup containers, their nut containers, and the Crystal Light water flavor containers with great success. I’m upgrading from the sour cream and butter tubs because they aren’t clear. The nut containers have handled a large amount of tossing and banging with great success. The Crystal Light containers will give up their lids when squeezed and they don’t survive a fall real well. But they are the perfect size for grabber and sheet rock screws when purchased in the 1# size.

I think another tip is to label them with a Sharpie or Magic Marker when storing 1” along side of the 1 1/4” length of the same screw.

The real suggestion here is to use see-through plastic containers.

Good Luck~

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#8 posted 01-06-2015 02:54 AM


The real suggestion here is to use see-through plastic containers.

Good Luck~

- BasementShop

+1 I have used clear plastic containers for years. Everything from small bottles to 1/2 gallon sized. I love being able to see what is in them without having to open and look or read labels ;-)

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#9 posted 01-06-2015 03:53 AM

I faced the same question nearly 30 years ago, when I was just building my shop. There were so many small things that needed storage. This wood 24 drawer cabinet was the second shop cabinet I built.

The small little plastic drawers are only good for holding tiny things. The grey metal drawers are much larger, about 4” wide, 3” high, and 18” deep. Cabinets like this come with many drawer dividers, so they are excellent for things too large for the little plastic drawers. Mine holds a vast collection of screws and bolts.

The wood cabinet has 24 drawers riding on inexpensive 3/4 extension drawer slides. They were about $2.50 at the time, and still can be had for around $3 in bulk. The cabinet has been a priceless companion all these years. It is 48” wide, 40” high, and 24 deep. The drawers hold a lot of stuff, including one drawer for drywall screws, and one for nails.

-- Tom

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#10 posted 01-06-2015 05:15 AM

Clear plastic containers, about the size of 2 shoe boxes.
Bought em at a discount house. 1 for “all purpose screws”, 1 for lags and bolts.
Hand full of small flat units divided into 3” squares bout 1.5” deep. can stack several inside the dbl shoe box units.
Smaller units good for smaller hdw. like pocket hole stuff, hinge mount fasteners, etc. Label everything.
Label with length, gauge, and driver type. The dble shoe box totes are stackable.
Make a base with 3” wheels, stack, move out of the way until needed. Must have an assigned parking/storage space. Roughly 12×18” or 1.5 sq feet.
Don’t stack over 8 high, it gets tippy. DAMHIK.
Moving dollies can stack 2 stacks side by side.

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#11 posted 01-06-2015 02:04 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions.

Hardware that I routinely use on my woodworking projects, jigs, and equipment seem to have found good homes in my cabinets. That stuff I either have in large quantities, like pocket hole screws, or small quantities, like nuts & bolts. The assortment doesn’t change much and I often restock these items when they get low.

The stuff I’m struggling with is hardware left over from home improvement projects. And I often want to take it somewhere in the house (e.g., drywall anchors) or yard (galvanized screws) to use it. At the moment my accessible cabinets are full and this stuff is going to get stashed back in a corner. For now I picked up 4 50 cal. ammo cans that were on sale. They are a bit smaller than I would prefer. But they stack nicely and will keep their contents clean and safe no matter where in the garage I pitch them. And when a project comes up, I can grab the cans I need and take them to where I’m working.

-- Greg D.

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#12 posted 01-06-2015 09:20 PM

i have one of these and love it: http://www.harborfreight.com/mobile-double-sided-floor-rack-95551.html i grab whatever bin i need and take it where ever i need, and hopefully return it when done. when it is not needed, it is up against a wall in the shop.

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#13 posted 01-06-2015 10:04 PM

That is basically what I do – I store small stashes of screws and nails (say 20 to 30 or so) in the 4 by 5 plastic bags with labels and sizes marked on them. I then store bags these in the wooden boxes till needed. If my son in law needs some 1 inch drywall screws and say some 3 inch ring shank nails – i just pull out a plastic bag of each – If I am going to the farm and I have a project in the barn I just grab all 4 wooden totes – the metal amo cans would work wonderfull in this situation – Hope that helps

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#14 posted 01-06-2015 10:41 PM



Thanks for all the suggestions.

Hardware that I routinely use on my woodworking projects, jigs, and equipment seem to have found good homes in my cabinets. That stuff I either have in large quantities, like pocket hole screws, or small quantities, like nuts & bolts. The assortment doesn t change much and I often restock these items when they get low.

The stuff I m struggling with is hardware left over from home improvement projects. And I often want to take it somewhere in the house (e.g., drywall anchors) or yard (galvanized screws) to use it. At the moment my accessible cabinets are full and this stuff is going to get stashed back in a corner. For now I picked up 4 50 cal. ammo cans that were on sale. They are a bit smaller than I would prefer. But they stack nicely and will keep their contents clean and safe no matter where in the garage I pitch them. And when a project comes up, I can grab the cans I need and take them to where I m working.

- GregD

Looks like you have a fix in place. I have the same problem with seldom used nails, screws, etc.
The pics below was part of my solution. I built rolling storage drawers that stow away under my tool box and work bench. I think I may have outdone myself creating this storage. :-)

Then there is this link on You Tube. Pretty simple if y9u have available exposed studs, or you can build your own cabinet. Looks easy enough.

Here is my solution.

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#15 posted 01-06-2015 11:32 PM

Those rolly boxes are a great idea to take back that wasted space.

-- 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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