View Poll Results: How do you manage the hardware monster?

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  • Several large coffee cans - dump and hunt

    24 32.43%
  • Store bought plastic drawers

    29 39.19%
  • Baby food jars with lids screwed to underside of cabinet

    5 6.76%
  • Plastic wall hanging bins

    23 31.08%
  • In the boxes they came in stacked high and a mile wide

    26 35.14%
  • I buy what I need, toss out the extras

    1 1.35%
  • Personalized custom storage

    35 47.30%
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Thread: Show me your hardware storage!

  1. #1
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    Show me your hardware storage!

    Help! I'm becoming overrun with hardware. Every time I embark on a new project I wind up with new screws, hinges, latches, and what-have-you that are different than what I already have which means a new storage place needs to be found. I have a msh-mosh of cheap plastic drawers, hanging bins, coffee cans, etc., all over the shop. Finding what I need can sometime (almost always) be a real challenge.

    How do you manage the hardware monster?
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    In the same boat as you Rennie, looking forward to some good ideas.
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you don’t know what tool to buy next, then you probably don’t need it yet.

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    You've got me beat already, I just have a big rubbermaid tub with a couple of baskets in it for the smaller stuff. Been meaning to get them put on a spreadsheet or something with a picture to inventory what I do have. Need to do the same with odd and end of fasteners I have.
    Darren

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    I have all sorts on this one.

    In the early days i used glass jars but after the first one broke i got rid of glass.

    I now use peanut butter jars. Plastic ones. We eat enough of the stuff that i have more than i can use. The have a nice broad unrestricted opening and two turn lid and crystal clear after clean up.

    I also have small plastic draws on my wallls a hang over from my electronics hobby days when i had a single draw per resistor. I find these either too small or too big but i have found they work for screws so i got one dedicated to brass screws and one to steel screws. (will get some cell phone pics and update my post).

    I also have plastic trays that some of the hardware came in and those are shoved in draws so access is not easy.

    Then draws and unpacked boxes abound.

    I purchased some cheap plastic bins from the depot intent on making a unit that would use their edge in a dado as a slide but have not got round to this. These though are for big stuff like those disposable cheap sponge or pigs hair brushes that take up a great deal of space when one gets a bundle on sale.

    This is the problem and aggrivation in my shop. I have bits and pieces all over the place and no cohesive organized plan. Same for tools.

    So i am looking with great interest to see the solutions others have. I think Glenn is probably our man to watch for here lets hope he gets a chance to chime in.

    Great timing for this post Rennie. Thanks.
    cheers

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    I would like to get an old library card file, made of wood. I think it would look nice and serve the purpose well.
    “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” - John Ruskin
    “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” - Oscar Wilde

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    Yeah Bill but what do you do with the overflow that is bound to occur at times?
    cheers

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    To be fair, and to get things started, here's my mess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Yeah Bill but what do you do with the overflow that is bound to occur at times?



    Well, I think the only thing left is an "intervention" by friends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Satko View Post



    Well, I think the only thing left is an "intervention" by friends.
    You iron monger you!!
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    Here are some photos of my current hardware storage. All of this is about to change when I redo my cabinets.

    I have these metal cases with plastic drawers for automotive hardware.
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    Here is what I had to do for drawer slides. I forgot to take a picture of all the slides stashed under my work bench.
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    My 2 plastic trays of screws and one of nails that I use for all projects and next to them are the nails and staples for my nail guns and my pocket hole screws.
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    Here is all my shelf clips in the ice cream containers and the one grey container.
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    And these are the nails,screws and assorted fasteners for around the house and shop work.
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    I also have a 12" diameter catchall tray for fasteners that need to be sorted at the end of a job.

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