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Technical bolt storage or what do you do with your nuts

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by fastcar1953, Nov 29, 2023.

  1. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,542


    So we now know about small steel storage.
    What do you do with nuts and bolts?
    Like my metal scrap I have a bucket full of bolts and nuts. I would like a big spinning bolt bin and fill it up. I don't have the space.
    I really don't need that many either.
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  2. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 2,783

    from kansas

    40 yrs ago most answers would be Masson jars with the lids screwed to the bottom of wooden shelves !
    Mine are the little plastic trays that are made for bolts and nuts that stack on each other...

  3. JohnLewis
    Joined: Feb 19, 2023
    Posts: 211


    My answer is about the same. They end up on the floor, get kicked around forever. Swept to the side, I pick them out the dirt pile when I finally get around to cleaning. Thinking I'm going to use them, they get thrown in a plastic tub off to the side. Then when I need some, I end up going out and over paying because I'll sit there forever sorting through a tub and never find what I need.
  4. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 4,417


    I store them in big tin cans. The cans are labeled as to the size of the various nuts and bolts but not according to length. The metric stuff isn't sorted that well.
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  5. bill gruendeman
    Joined: Jun 18, 2019
    Posts: 790

    bill gruendeman

    The yellow cabinets are for mostly new hardware, I gave a 2 bucks for them 45 years ago . I finally get rid of the coffee cans and made this rack for used hardware. IMG_0656.png IMG_0655.png
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  6. lake_harley
    Joined: Jun 4, 2017
    Posts: 2,146


    I have a 64 (I think) plastic drawer storage thingie that I bought at a hardware store. I have bolts sorted in separate drawers from 1" to 5" in 1" increments and separate drawers for nuts, flat washers, and lock nuts in sizes 1/4" to 1/2". There's enough room for some storage of fine thread bolts and nuts too. Compared to dumping out a coffee can full of random bolts, nuts, washers and other things, it's one of the most time saving things I've put in the shop.

    Mine is like this only wider, but no big drawer on the bottom.

    Looks like bill gruendeman beat me to it.

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  7. Mine are sorted by size and kept in ice dream containers in a steel cabinet. as stated a great time saved.

    All Imperial nuts and bolts are thrown out as I don't use them on anything and I'm tired of trying to use an Imperial nut on a Metric bolt.

    Every so often I will collect all nuts and bolts that are lying around and sort them into the respective homes.
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  8. Beanscoot
    Joined: May 14, 2008
    Posts: 3,024


    Shouldn't you be using Whitworth?
    Metric shmetric.
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  9. ProtoTypeDesignFlauz
    Joined: Jul 29, 2007
    Posts: 1,635


    Non- sorted life long collection, NON sorted in 3/4 full 5 gallon buckets, sitting along the wall in the garage. Then having the fun of dumping a bucket of bolts onto the floor and finding that just one correct bolt. Sometimes it does take multiple bucket dumps to get the required results. :)
  10. Here's mine....

    200+ plastic HF rail-mount bins in a home-made cabinet made from salvaged wood brought from work. Took forever to sort all the buckets of bolts I had along with hose clamps, rubber bumpers, etc, etc... but it's great to have now.

    You could build this with four 2x6s and two sheets of 3/4" plywood along with some stout hinges (mine are salvaged door hinges). The bins can be found on sale.
  11. '29 Gizmo
    Joined: Nov 6, 2022
    Posts: 747

    '29 Gizmo
    from UK

    Sorry, its mostly european cars in my shop!

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  12. lostn51
    Joined: Jan 24, 2008
    Posts: 2,141

    from Tennessee

    I’ve got it all, buckets of bolts, bolt bins, cans, and jars of them. o_O It’s a collection of 60+ years of building cars and and always saving the leftovers for “just in case” and a slew of new stuff just because it was there and “what’s a few more we might need it someday.”:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
  13. Greg Rogers
    Joined: Oct 11, 2016
    Posts: 796

    Greg Rogers

    Was old coffee cans, but got old dumping them out looking for a certain piece. Went to a garage sale and found a "stat" Emergency room rollaround. (Basically a roll around tool box, even has a slide up bracket for a IV) Anyway, filled the top drawers with hardware, now just open drawer, finger thru to find certain piece needed.
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  14. I got the rail-mounted bins that were being tossed at work, all I need is the rail now...

    Mostly I store them in these heavy-duty cardboard boxes we had at work. They shipped things like PC boards in them with foam padding. They are like 7" x 10" x 2" high. I have them sorted by size, even fine and coarse thread. This is 1/4" through 1/2".

    The #10 and smaller I use a couple of HF plastic boxes with the little compartments. One is hardware, the other is clips, springs, etc.
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  15. partssaloon
    Joined: Jan 28, 2009
    Posts: 673


    This is how I keep mine, coarse that is the business i'm in.
  16. big john d
    Joined: Nov 24, 2011
    Posts: 360

    big john d
    from ma

    i also have a 3/4 full 5 gallon bucket i keep an old fender cover in it to dump the contents on then i just pick the cover up and funnel the nuts and bolts back in to the bucket
  17. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 6,200

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    When I worked in the body shop I learned custom stuff in, the boss had a 5 gallon bucket. He'd send me back to search through it, when he needed hardware. After a while I hated it so much, I would walk to the local auto parts store and BUY them!
    In my shop now, I have a big Lista cabinet with most of the hardware. Separate drawers with grade 5, grade 8, stainless, and fine thread, plumbing fittings, body bolts and misc fasteners. I also have those plastic divided organizers, each with a different item... 6-32, 8-32, 10-32, 10-24, hex head machine screws, countersunks, etc.And the bigger organizers with fender washers, phillips sheet metal screws, stop nuts, etc.
    My bad experiences turned me into an OCD nut and bolt nut!
  18. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 30,291

    Staff Member

    About 30 years ago they switched bolt suppliers at work and I fished this bolt bin out of the scrap bin

  19. I make bird suet about every 3-4 weeks, which requires a four-pound plastic jar of peanut butter every time I make a double batch. Once cleaned, those containers are perfect for nut, bolt and washer storage. I also had been buying much larger plastic jars of pretzels, and those come in handy, too. Right now, though, I've got a lot more containers than I have of nuts, bolts, etc., so the four-pound empties fit inside the pretzel empties and just clutter up the garage. Occasionally I'll throw them away but often I'll use these jars to wash stuff in solvent, then throw the used jar and fluid on the burn pile when I'm done. I've given up hope to receive Environmentalist of the Year.
  20. AccurateMike
    Joined: Sep 14, 2020
    Posts: 617


    I'm working on it.
    I'm going to do some "folk-artsy" cabinets for the boxes. Not sure how to use the coffee things. I've been in the same place 36+ years. I have a bunch of moving and sorting to do....
  21. mr.chevrolet
    Joined: Jul 19, 2006
    Posts: 8,828


    first pics are at my old garage, then i moved to a smaller one. last pic, bolt bins have quart oil jugs to hold bolts as I just pull one out and find what i need. file cabts hold tools and other stuff. Garage1.jpg garage2.jpg garage3.jpg garage4.jpg garage5.jpg Duqgaragefiles.jpg
  22. Glenn Thoreson
    Joined: Aug 13, 2010
    Posts: 920

    Glenn Thoreson
    from SW Wyoming

    Generic coffee cans. "nuff said. :)
  23. I scratch mine first then go lookin in the buckets I have them in
  24. I used 5 gallon buckets that I had to pour out on the floor to find the one piece of hardware I needed for way too long…. I then graduated to an old dresser to better spread out the stuff. And, then I finally bought one of those things with shelves and little plastic bins that I ended up putting some “new” hardware in. I’m still mostly using the dresser for now since I haven’t taken time to sort stuff very good yet. :oops:
  25. Fordors
    Joined: Sep 22, 2016
    Posts: 5,314


    @Moriarity , OK Mark, I have to ask, what is the blow gun and the conglomeration of pipe and fittings ending with an air chuck used for?


    One of my compulsions (and I have many:() is looking at detail in photos and that caught my eye for sure!
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  26. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 30,291

    Staff Member

    haha, My dually has stainless simulators that have really small holes. that blow gun thing has a psi guage and a 90 on the end with a tire chuck on it. I use it to fill the inside tires, when I put that together I didn't have a pc of 1/4" pipe long enough, but I had a bunch of unions and short pcs!!!
  27. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 5,614


    None of these are mine; just pix I stole them from the web and saved, probably from GJ and hamb:

    hardware storage 01.jpg hardware storage 02.jpg hardware storage 03.jpg hardware storage 04.jpg hardware storage 05.jpg hardware storage 06.jpg nut-bolt.jpg
  28. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 14,788

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    I search out bolt bins that are being scrapped or thrown away.... then attach some HD casters and that way I can roll it around close to the area I am working on.....
    just found another large bin.. in the process of splitting it now to make 2 bolt bins on casters.

    I keep a ton of fasteners..... its gotten mighty expensive.

  29. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 5,614


    Here is a couple of shots of most of my hardware storage. The rest are scattered hither and yon. Bins are 1/2 gallon milk jugs cut down. These pix are several years old; I've increased the space for hardware and filled those. I need to convert another drawer to hardware now.

    Jerry - come over and have a look-see sometime.

    drawer 2.jpg drawer 3.jpg drawer 4.jpg file cabinets 2.jpg
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2023
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  30. In_The_Pink
    Joined: Jan 9, 2010
    Posts: 442


    I use these Akro Mills brand organizers, which I buy second hand for $5 or so. They are efficient space-wise, hold enough of each fastener that I have what I regularly need on hand, and if you elect not to label every drawer specifically, the clear drawer gives you a decent look at the contents before you slide it open.

    Being able to go to one specific drawer and find the 5/16-24 bolt you need saves not only time, but frustration, too. Well worth the small cost and convenience, IMHO.



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