Builders’ Tip: My Personal On-the-Job Hardware Store
When I’m working on a punch list, I often keep plenty of fasteners and related paraphernalia on hand to keep my “gofer” runs to a minimum.
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The accompanying drawing illustrates my solution for toting all these items — what I call my personal hardware store.
It’s a double-decker tray for carrying assorted screws and nails and it holds almost every kind of fastener in one compact, organized ― and sometimes heavy — unit.
- I made the rig from garden variety 1x pine, with an upright member in the center that acts as a bulkhead and a carrying handle.
- The dimensions are based on an industry-accepted standard unit of measure ― a cardboard milk container.
- Since milk containers are 3 inches square, the inside dimensions of the upper trays measure 9 inches by 9 inches so I can fit each tray with nine containers.
- I made the inside dimensions of the lower trays 9 inches by 9-3/4 inches to allow for 18 more containers.
The extra 3/4 inch enables me to stack the upper trays and provides extra space for staples on one side and precut sandpaper strips for my sanding block on the other.
- Because each container lifts out, I never have to dig my fingers into the sharp points of the fasteners. I can just pour a few into my hand or onto my workbench.
I try to keep only a handful of each type of screw in each container to get me through the day. I refill the containers as needed when I get home.
I also hold assortments of similar fastners in each container, which gives me more variety and items to choose from for each job.
The key, however, is keeping everything organized. Every type of fastener has its own spot, so I know just where to find it.
— Phil Miller, Medina, N.Y.
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