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Offline Andersrl

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #30 on: July 06, 2019, 06:05 PM »
I built a cabinet to hold Stanley hardware containers. The cabinet is sufficiently sturdy to hold the weight and the individual containers readily slide out to carry around the shop.  There is a built in keyboard tray that doubles as a pull-out shelf when I want to take out specific hardware sizes.


Offline broseiden

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #31 on: July 07, 2019, 02:50 AM »
Dewalt Tough System organizers -- I bought 3, ditched two of the boxes themselves but kept the modular containers, and built shelving to hold them in my trailer. The idea was that I could grab whichever fasteners / containers i needed, put them in the tough box, and they'd be spill proof, water proof etc. In reality though I never used the tough box and got rid of it as well.

Now I keep a sys-roll with a few sortainers and transfer the contents from my shelves to the sortainers as needed. I do wish I had some bigger drawers on my sys-roll as I cant even fit my Dewalt impact without removing the battery, but it's still the best method I've found so far.

Offline WillAdams

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #32 on: August 05, 2019, 02:43 PM »
My needs are a bit more modest and small scale than shown thus far, so I standardized on the 18 compartment small organizers from Harbor Freight --- they're affordable enough that whenever I'm passing by, if I have time, I grab one w/ a 20% off coupon.

Since they're transparent, labeling isn't an issue, and they stack neatly enough, and mostly fit in other containers well, so have worked out (for example, I have all my archery stuff in one in an inexpensive plastic toolbox).

All of the odd containers are gradually getting pushed off to odd uses, or discarded/replaced as opportunity comes up.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #33 on: August 06, 2019, 06:17 AM »
If you're at HF don't pass up one of their small parts sorting trays, very handy.
I got one similar from somewhere (might have been Rockler)  years ago and
keep it in my parts cabinet.

https://www.harborfreight.com/easy-sorter-funnel-tray-37081.html
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Offline Rob Z

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #34 on: August 06, 2019, 10:21 AM »
OP, that looks like a great solution.  I have about the same number of the larger Stanley containers, but mine just ride around the shop floor on top of two Grizzly skates (don't know the proper name-it's a piece of plywood with casters).

Offline vkumar

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #35 on: August 06, 2019, 11:48 AM »
@WillAdams please share the link to the harbor freight item

My needs are a bit more modest and small scale than shown thus far, so I standardized on the 18 compartment small organizers from Harbor Freight --- they're affordable enough that whenever I'm passing by, if I have time, I grab one w/ a 20% off coupon.

Since they're transparent, labeling isn't an issue, and they stack neatly enough, and mostly fit in other containers well, so have worked out (for example, I have all my archery stuff in one in an inexpensive plastic toolbox).

All of the odd containers are gradually getting pushed off to odd uses, or discarded/replaced as opportunity comes up.
Vijay Kumar

Offline WillAdams

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #36 on: August 06, 2019, 12:37 PM »
It's these:

https://www.harborfreight.com/18-divider-storage-container-94456.html

I find them small enough to sort pretty finely (a specific size of metric hardware for instance), but large that there isn't much overlap until I get into the larger fasteners (1/4"-20 covers 3 containers I think).

Offline ryanjg117

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #37 on: September 10, 2019, 09:32 PM »
I also use the Bosch _L boxes. Buy them from CPOoutlets.
Cpo offers reconditioned L Boxes for $32.00 - $35.00 each , usually are L Boxes that have been used at trade shows - all the reconditioned items CPO sells offer 120 return policy also NO FINE print in the return policy.

@kent B How often does CPO Outlets have the recondition L boxes? I don't see any right now, but maybe I'm not looking at the right spot. Also, what size L boxes are you mentioning priced at $32-35?

Offline kent B

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #38 on: September 11, 2019, 10:24 AM »
call CPOoutlets , if no recon L boxes on website , when you call voice mail asks you to press ext. no.of person , I usually order from Dennis -ext.27106 - Dennis will check or contact you when some recon L Boxes are available. I prefer LBox 2-3-4 , other sizes available.

 Have purchased from CPO for a number of years always very well satisfied , never had a problem .

Offline Dusty.Tools

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #39 on: September 13, 2019, 08:16 PM »
I just took delivery of 50 Auer boxes :)




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Offline tekbench

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #40 on: September 25, 2019, 01:08 PM »
I'm in heavy with the Milwaukee bins. About 20+ of them. One thing that would be really nice - a clip adapter to throw a stack of these on a systainer. IF you lock more than 4 of these they get really heavy fast, but the think I really like is you can open each one while they are still latched together.
The old style Lboxx can't do that. (the brand new ones can apparently).
Systainers obviously can, but they are literally 4 or 5 times the price.
My local Home Depot has them for $19 on occasion, so I buy a few at a time.
the NEW packout system is apparently taking over. I don't know how much longer they'll sell these deep bin organizers.

I've become a big fan of the Milwaukee 10 compartment deep organizer.

They stack like Systainers and the removable trays are easily reorganized.

I buy them at Home Depot for $25 each.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-10-Compartment-Red-Deep-Pro-Small-Parts-Organizer-225046/205847797

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Offline rst

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #41 on: September 25, 2019, 05:01 PM »
Tekbench, I too use the Milwaukee parts bins.  I just wish they had an adaptor that would allow connection to the new packouts which I have been buying as I like them better despite the price tariff but I only buy them on sale usually from Acme Tool.

Offline dupe

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #42 on: October 03, 2019, 08:38 AM »
I've invested in quick a few L-Boxx when I see them pop up on Craigslist - the last set I bought was from a college lab professor witch came with 3 L-BOXX-1A with 13 inserts - these are fantastic, but I wouldn't buy them new given the price, form factor ( a bit clunky for small parts), and if I wasn't already using this system.

I would absolutely buy the L-BOXX-3D with the thin drawer and thick drawer. This is my most grabbed case witch holds an impact/drill combo up top and the majority of the fasteners/bits I'd need. Getting off topic, but all these cases have held up really well and containers don't shift or throw parts everywhere - great for mobile and serve me well for hobby carpentry.

305068-0

Looking for containers with a bit more capacity, I just stumbled across this bundle set which seem pretty reasonable.

305066-1

 The large case butterflyies open and the container size(s) look perfect for more than a handful of longer screws for decks/framing (2.5-3.5"). It also has eye holes for wall hanging up or down. The hardware case looks perfect for electrical connectors. Not sure I would use it, but the belt clips on the containers is a nice idea. Wonder how they hold up given more moving parts. On that note: these FastCap Power Mags are a real game changer. Years on my impact through dirt and drops - pricey but on several of my drills now. Similar to Festool, you have buyers remorse until you use it..
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Offline JJ carpentry

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #43 on: October 15, 2019, 12:43 AM »
Do you know if they ship to canada?

Offline ChuckM

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #44 on: October 15, 2019, 01:47 AM »
You can get Scotch extreme mounting tape (Canadian Tire or HD) and attach a large rare earth magnet or more to your drill.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #45 on: October 15, 2019, 04:13 AM »
You can get Scotch extreme mounting tape (Canadian Tire or HD) and attach a large rare earth magnet or more to your drill.

But will it cost you $22 ?
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Offline ChuckM

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #46 on: October 15, 2019, 05:18 AM »
Much less. Tape is about $7 Cdn, long enough for 30 to 40 drills (1" tape per drill, say). Just add the cost of one to two 1" rare earth magnets per drill. I've been using this kind of trick for years.
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #47 on: October 15, 2019, 06:23 AM »
I figured as much, I was making a funny. :-)

$22 for a magnet and some double stick tape is highway robbery.
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Offline guitarchitect

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #48 on: November 11, 2019, 09:38 AM »
Another vote for Plano 3700 boxes! I'm a shop-based hobbyist so I don't need to throw things in a van or around a jobsite, which probably makes a big difference. I buy the ProLatch boxes at Canadian Tire - I love that they are modular and all sorta fit together. If you aren't picky about optics you can get a plano bag that they fit neatly within - it'll just have fish on it rather than a tool name :)

I too found that the dividers pop out easily... a dab or two of CA fixes that easily, and it's not so much that you can't pull it out if you need to. The things come with so many dividers that I have more than I will probably ever need! I also find that I don't really move them, ever, because once I find a place for the hardware, that's where it goes.

In the attached pic, each of those is holding a full pack of 50/100 pcs, so they really are the right size. I have one for #6/8, one for #10/12 of both pan head and countersink, a box for 1/4-20 and 5/16 hardware, and a few for random parts. I have other random holders that I bought infrequently at LV which, by the time I needed more, LV had discontinued... so I kinda swore off the specialized stuff in favor of a more universal system that was likely to stick around!



Offline WillAdams

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #49 on: November 11, 2019, 10:13 AM »
Does anyone have a comprehensive list of the Plano organizers, their sizes, maximum/minimum number of compartments (and the sizes of the compartments) and availability of accessories/holders?

Offline guitarchitect

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #50 on: November 11, 2019, 11:52 AM »
Does anyone have a comprehensive list of the Plano organizers, their sizes, maximum/minimum number of compartments (and the sizes of the compartments) and availability of accessories/holders?

their website has a good amount of info! "Pro-Latch" are the minimum I would consider for fasteners/tools, the original uses a latch system that wouldn't hold under deformation of heavy stuff.

https://www.planomolding.com/fishing/stowaway-utility-boxes/prolatch

The sizes work with each other - so the 3700 has a regular, thin, deep, and half-size version which all work together (14" module). 3600 has its own design and full/half size (11" module). Unfortunately I don't recall seeing an "overview" that would show the various sizes and options all in one place.

Offline todd_fuller

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #51 on: November 11, 2019, 01:47 PM »
I use the 'small' metal Durham ones. I have two stacks of 6. Lots of internal divider options to pick from. Made in USA of sheet metal.

I also have a bunch of their plastic ones which I use for electronics parts as well as LEGOs. They're pretty good too. I'm not sure I would trust them full of washers or something heavy though.

I usually buy from zoro.com using a coupon. ~$150 per stack.

Offline mike_aa

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #52 on: November 11, 2019, 02:51 PM »
Does anyone have a comprehensive list of the Plano organizers, their sizes, maximum/minimum number of compartments (and the sizes of the compartments) and availability of accessories/holders?

Cabela's sells them and I found this link that shows some of the sizes. 

I hope this helps!

Mike A.

Offline Lincoln

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #53 on: November 11, 2019, 03:38 PM »
I just took delivery of 50 Auer boxes :)




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@Dusty.Tools - did you order these direct from Auer? How do you like them?

Offline WillAdams

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #54 on: November 11, 2019, 03:53 PM »
Cabela's sells them and I found this link that shows some of the sizes. 

That helps a lot. Thanks!

Offline grobkuschelig

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #55 on: November 11, 2019, 05:12 PM »
I mostly use a mix of the Festool SYS-Box Systainers, some Auer Boxes for Electronics stuff and a couple of the „clear“ Sortiment boxes shown in other posts above.

I like the Systainers with the colored boxes the most.
Best to carry and fitting to the stacks.
Although the Auer boxes are also quite nice with the clear lids...

Offline Dusty.Tools

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #56 on: November 11, 2019, 08:33 PM »
I just took delivery of 50 Auer boxes :)




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@Dusty.Tools - did you order these direct from Auer? How do you like them?
I’m very happy so far, really no complaints to be honest. If I lived in the EU I would highly recommend trying them out.

I wrote a review up on ToolGuyd:

https://toolguyd.com/auer-packaging-assortment-boxes-for-organizing-small-parts/

Getting them to the US is a pain. I use my brother to forward them on from the UK but shipping adds 40% to the cost! But Auer will then refund the tax. They still end up being a good price when compared to the alternatives.

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #57 on: November 19, 2019, 02:17 AM »
And here’s how I’m going to label each box:




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Offline DynaGlide

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #58 on: November 19, 2019, 05:57 AM »
The black on blue painters tape is the way to go   [cool]
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Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: How do you store parts/fasteners?
« Reply #59 on: November 19, 2019, 07:07 AM »
This is how I label my Auers: A number and a bit of text that makes sense to me. All in vinyl.
Also: everything in the boxes is inventoried in a spreadsheet that 'lives' on an iPad in the shop.



Note that some are not numbered yet. It is an evolving situation (in flux…).
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