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Blog entry by wichle posted 09-12-2010 06:07 AM 764 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some time ago Mary, an avid scrapbooker, was at a local scrapbook store. She called and told me that the proprieter was getting rid of some tilt out bins, Did I want some? I asked “how much is she selling them for?” The price was $1,00 per strip of bins. These sell at the store for about $15.00. I asked her how many she had. She had about 80 or 90. At a buck a strip, I said, “Bring them all home!” Mary arrived later with the Honda filled to the roof.

Like most of us, I have a collection of various sundry hardware. Hinges, screws, electrical parts etc, etc, etc. I mounted these bins in my shop in Milwaukee, and was faced with moving them when we moved to Michigan 2 1/2 years ago. The larger bins are installed on a wall between the shop and laundry.

The smaller bins are located on a wall next to the computer workstation. These hold primarilly nuts bolts washers and screws. Small hardware! Below the bins are 56 small drawers holding uncommon or very small screws and bolts. These are two numbered units I picked up on the bargain/shop surplus counter at a local aCE hardware store. Mounted next to these, left and right, are two larger 3 drawer units found at a garage sale. A board on top of these, below the tilt out bins provides space to sort hardware needed for a project.

The sorting space is carpeted which keeps small pieces from bouncing off to the floor. (Oblivion)

So I had a number of boxes of new hardware, some left from a couple projects. And a little clutter. Saturday’s time in the shop was spent doing some sorting and a little re-organizing. About ready for an excel spreadsheet with a positive inventory. On some snowy night. More shop info coming later.

-- Bill, Michigan "People don't come preassebled, but are glued together by life"

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#1 posted 09-12-2010 08:23 AM

Good buy, did you properly thank your wife for finding them? I have 5 rows of these bins and could use a couple more rows.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 09-12-2010 10:01 AM

Auugh!! I hate it when I see posts like these. I just reorganized all of my junk, err, I mean hardware into a new system that I had so cleverly (I thought) come up with. Then I see something like this and wish I had done it this way. My wife is not going to be happy about this.

Very cool idea by the way and great find.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 09-12-2010 11:04 AM

All my hardware is neatly sorted into various size coffee cans. Good thing I drink a lot of coffee.


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#4 posted 09-12-2010 03:49 PM

That is called being in the right spot at the right time. You done good!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 09-12-2010 08:01 PM

waaoow thats look impressive !!
but are you sure you belong here and not shuold bee in the outer space
way tooooo organised :-(

aaah wish it was in my shop , well as soon as we have sold our house and I got into
a new place…eeh shop I will hunt down something like this
I remember how great theese kind of system work ,speciel the small clear drawers
we used in the electronic /Tv /radio repair shop I was in in the young years .
have a few of those for my electronic stuff , just never tought of theese for bulkier things
thankĀ“s for the tip :-)


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#6 posted 10-04-2010 06:37 AM

I have REALLY got to get over there soon.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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