I'm trying to organize my garage. My tool box is full of screws, bolts
nails, etc. I would like to find some neat storage system for these things.
I'm sure some of you have some really creative ways to store all your nuts
and bolts. So what do you use for workshop storage?
When the kids were small I saved the baby food jars. Still use them today.
At the time I worked in a company with a sheet metal shop so I had some 16
gauge shelves made to hold them; sort of a "U" shame but with the front leg
shorter. The shelves are mounted on a plywood board.
Glass jars in a shop area are a <bad> idea. One <will> get broken,
eventually. Aside from trying to get a replacement that matches, the little
glass shards will keep popping up when and where you least expect them. (Or
does baby food come in plastic now?) I find plastic peanut butter jars work
well- soak the labels and PB reside off, and they are easy to see through,
and hold a lot. For small-quantity items, buy one of the ubiquitous blue or
gray plastic-box things with clear plastic drawers at the big-box or
discount store. Yes, they are junk, but they are cheap.
If you're afraid of broken glass you must live in constant terror. The
baby food jar thing is a good idea, only I have the lids screwed to the
underside of a shelf, which means that you can screw the container back
onto the lid and the containers hang in a neat, orderly row right at eye
level. Same jars for twenty years or so. Because the jars seal up pretty
well, it does a good job of protecting the contents from corrosion.
I, too, used the jars for years. Asked one of the young bucks at
work to save me some jars. He brought in a whole case.
Can't use them, the lids don't screw on like the old ones.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
A variation on this is to use a kitchen knife magnet bar, mounted
on the underside of whatever horizontal surface suits you. Then
you just stick the jar on by its lid. I've seen bars for sale up
to 24" long.
Price-to-number-of-jar ratio is still not so favorable, though,
but hey, it's my first post!
I bought a bunch of plastic freezer boxes. ( pint size )
Built a wall shelf unit to hold about 32 boxes.
They're cheap, tough, just the right size for a goodly amount of
screws, nails, etc. etc
Use indelible marker to mark contents.....
On Sat, 4 Dec 2004 21:12:28 -0500, "Jeff Guay"
This isn't an original thought, but I use Flambeau products. Cheap &
portable if you need portable storage. I use them because their one
manufacturer is about 20 miles from me, they have an outlet/discount store
on the manufacturer site which is open to the public.
I just keep them in a big can; then, I go to the hardware store when I
need one. Kind of like cutting glass: first, I find a piece in the
barn that's about the right size; then, I break it; then, I go to the
Weighing in late, but some years back one of my kids made me a nut/bolt holder
that has worked well for me. It is baby food tops screwed to a round piece of
plywood. I put one screw in the middle of the plywood and mounted it under a
shelf in my shop. You put nuts/bolts in the jars and then screw them to the
tops mounted on the plywood. It works pretty good and has for years. Just an
Don't separate them. Just dump all the bolts and nuts into one big
container. That way, they "get together" at night and breed new ones.
You'll never run out.
Just don't mix metric with inch sizes. Their offspring won't fit
(Hey, it used to work with coathangers...)
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Finally an idea on how to use the tiny magnet I saved from the discarded
heads of the Sonic toothbrush. I have a hadful, they are eceptionally
powerful and have not found any use for it.
Alternate solution needed for Stainless Steel and brass hardware or aluminum
"> I'm trying to organize my garage. My tool box is full of screws, bolts
Container Store, Get Organized, and many hardware stores have clear plastic
drawers about 2x3 inches by 6 deep, that fit into a plastic shelf system
with several dozen drawers per set. Very handy, cheap, dust resistant, and
no broken bottles nor unscrewing lids.
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