There is a set of draws that contains bolts, screws and misc that looks a lot like grandpa’s garage workshop kind of stuff. Can’t tell what’s in there without opening every drawer.
Eric P. and I discussed tossing the lot. But, an alternative solution is clear plastic jars. Question is how to organize them. How do we standardize them etc. As a living breathing grandpa I’ve found that Talenti ice cream comes in a convenient size with a wide mouth clear jar in my workshop. There are probably baby food jars and other products that “COULD” contain small bits. Still there is the issue of how to store / display those kinds of items AND find them later.
Eric and I wrapped discussion of more flexible / organized tool storage into the discussion above and agreed that a cleat system is desirable. Each corded tool would have a custom rack that would cradle the tool and keep the cord tidy in the rack. The rack system would be adapted to hand tools as well as corded tools. The advantage would be the flexibility organizing tools in a more compact setup.
Sets of shallow shelves have worked to organize the bits and parts in this grandpa’s workshop. I recycled cabinet drawers so didn’t have to build much - just remove the drawer fronts. Then just screw on a cleat on the back (bottom)
Building this could be disruptive for a short time. If there’s stuff people are attached to in the current steel drawer sets please let me know.
If people are fond of Talenti ice cream (it’s really good) please save the jars if so inclined. If other size CLEAR PLASTIC WIDE MOUTH jars are identified then please bring them to my attention. I’ll set up a space to leave clear plastic jars in the space.
The tool storage area will not change location, Shelves for bits and screws etc would migrate to that area.over time. I the space where the steel drawers are located, there is talk of building a proper storage for 3D printer plastic that will keep it dry and view the colors easily.
In a better world, members could take a few or leave a few screws from their projects without creating a bigger mess.