Post by Taildragger on Jun 30, 2020 10:53:59 GMT -5
Next time you eat a can of sardines, discard the top and run the empty tin through your next dishwasher cycle to get rid of the residual oil. Makes a great little place to stash/organize small screws, springs, electronic components , etc. so they don't get lost or misplaced on the bench top. Little, multi-drawer parts bins are better for longer-term storage of course, but the sardine tins work great for the current, active project. And the price is right (unless you don't like sardines)!
I keep all small parts in tip-out bins (Akro-Mills brand) mounted on the wall; they're available in several sizes from small to pretty large. I like them because I can see the contents:
In some of the bins I have a mish-mash of like parts, e.g., misc. nuts in one, a mix of washers in another, etc. For these, I use a sorting tray that I dump the contents into and spread around to find the part I need. It has a funnel in the corner that allows pouring the stuff back into the bin. This:
A cool thing you can do if you store mixed parts in coffee cans is to dump the parts onto an open shop towel. Grab all four corners, lift it up, and place this 'bag' in the coffee can. When you need a part, lift out the bag, spread the towel flat, and sort through to find the part you need. This makes it really easy because you don't have to poke around in the can or dump out the contents to find what you need.
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Post by funkykikuchiyo on Jun 30, 2020 21:45:47 GMT -5
A little anchovy tin is on a little drawer set for guitar picks. I have a bunch of Duncan pickup cases for random parts, as well as some metal bins that I saved from something I bought that was over packaged (but can't remember what it was).
Salsa jars are also a perfect size for many things, including handy water for glue clean up. They're also good for storing things that might be a bit heavy and want to tip over.
I also save old scotch cans. I have one full sized for keeping longer dowels and other tools. You can also cut them down to the appropriate height for whatever other tools you have. Pens, pencils, markers, x-actos, all that stuff is handily kept with the scotch cans.
Keeping that stuff gathered up keeps it from scratching the back of a guitar.
Also, keeping a clean floor helps. That way if you drop something you can probably spot it pretty quickly. If your floor is a mess, then it is an afternoon project looking for that truss rod cover screw.