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Old 07-19-2010, 11:31 AM   #1
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Question How do you guys organize your machine screws / nuts / bolts?

Inevitably, we've all got buckets of spare machine & wood screws around the garage.

I know there are probably lots of you that have efficient methods of organizing these and I'm looking for ideas...

I'm tired of digging through piles and looking for ones that "look like they might fit"!
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:35 AM   #2
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Lots of these.

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Old 07-19-2010, 11:39 AM   #3
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I was given this guy...



...and I made this one for the wood shop

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Old 07-19-2010, 11:40 AM   #4
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Plastic peanut butter jars (after the dog is done cleaning 'em out)...

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Old 07-19-2010, 01:46 PM   #5
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costco had a clearance of the 2 drawer hardware assortments, so i bought 3 sets for a total of 6 drawers. gonna transfer all the hardware that came with it into 2 drawers and i have 4 more to organize my other stuff

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Old 07-19-2010, 01:59 PM   #6
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I was given this guy...

So I am not the only one to cut the bottom from an oil can and use it. Works good for me too.

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Old 07-19-2010, 02:14 PM   #7
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Old 07-19-2010, 02:38 PM   #8
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Little bins from Harbor Freight.

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Old 07-19-2010, 02:57 PM   #9
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I put them all in one jar and enjoy the "pot luck" factor.
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:40 PM   #10
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I use a card catalog from the old University of Kentucky library. Bought it for $15 back in the 90s when they opened the new library. I don't have a picture of mine, but it is identical to this one.



without the multicolored labels that is...
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:50 PM   #11
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Plastic peanut butter jars (after the dog is done cleaning 'em out)...

That dog has a LONG tongue
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Old 07-19-2010, 05:59 PM   #12
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This is me, and I'm so anal I label my sections standard and metric, and then have them seperated by bolt or nut, and by size. With labels.

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Old 07-19-2010, 09:10 PM   #13
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I use the ziplock bins that are rectangular in shape, with a snap-on lid. (Think leftovers from Thanksgiving). You can write on the end of them, they stack on the shelves pretty nicely, and if you have to work some place beside the garage, you can transport them without knocking them over and spilling everything. They come in a couple different sizes.

I go to Tractor Supply once in a while and stock up on nuts and bolts by the pound, or buy the little packs of 100 screws at HD, just because I HATE having to put off a problem because I neeed a couple of bolts. Money spend up front saves having to stop a project to make a run.
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:16 PM   #14
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I worked on a project that used lots of different machine screws, and we had about 30 of the Stack-On red with clear lid parts organizer bins that are sold at Sears. We could have used about 10 more. Now that's a lot of hardware.
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+1 on Deputy Dawg's methodology.

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Here are mine, mainly smaller stuff. 1/4", 5/16", and 3/8" (and some misc. metric) are on shelves on the back side of the workbench, in coffee cans.

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Old 07-19-2010, 09:49 PM   #17
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I've got a bunch of commercial bread baking pans that are ganged together in fives with straps All my hardware is used or leftover and mostly 1/4 or larger, and lots of it , so these work out real well. I need to build some more shelves to store them on . I've got a bunch , feel free to contact me if you want to see them , I can't post pix yet.....
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I bought a few of these Curtis storage bins recently from a small auto repair shop that was closing down. Soon they will be mounted up off the floor were there is an inset in the drywall (where the grey plastic bins are currently).
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Here are mine, mainly smaller stuff. 1/4", 5/16", and 3/8" (and some misc. metric) are on shelves on the back side of the workbench, in coffee cans.

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I inherited a 3' wide by 6' tall version of this from my great-uncle. Holds about a hundred baby food jars with labels. He left it well stocked for me , and I've added to it over the years. I'm about to build myself another with larger jars/bins for larger bolts.
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I inherited a 3' wide by 6' tall version of this from my great-uncle. Holds about a hundred baby food jars with labels. He left it well stocked for me , and I've added to it over the years. I'm about to build myself another with larger jars/bins for larger bolts.

I like that type, you can squeeze something like that into otherwise wasted space. That box previously shown, rests on another shelf, across one wall that is directly below some other shelving, again taking advantage of more wasted space. That box idea is great for organizing a particular category, such as car door hardware, upholstery clips, molding clips, etc, etc. Things you don't need everyday, but you want "grouped" when you are looking for something. I have lots of "junk" but can usually find what I need.
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