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Say you had a giant wall designed for fastener storage.... Answered

I've been working on a project for the last week. When it's done I'll have a chunk of wall with: 90 1"x2"x4" drawers 64 3"x4"x7" bins 48 3"x6"x9" boxes My goal is to get all my various hardware organized and to fill in some gaps so that I always have a small handful of whatever size of nut, bolt, nail, lag screw, rivet, sheet metal screw, etc. that I need and don't have to go making a trip to the hardware store unless I'm doing something big and need dozens of something. So my two questions: If you had this setup, what sorts of less common hardware would you make room for? Where would you go to buy hardware to fill this thing up? I know if I go to the big box stores and buy those little plastic bags with four of this or five of that in them, I'm going to end up spending a lot more than I need to. I know places where I can buy hardware by the pound, so that will help keep costs down. But I'm also imagining that there are people here with on-line sources that might be cheaper still?

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pappyld04 (author)2007-12-02

This should in part be judged by your tools and future plans for new tools. If air tools have you got extra couplers, line filters, compressor & tool oils. Any specialty tools or misc. needs that are hard to find ASAP. (Electric grinder wrenches are pretty easy to tear up or bend so an extra or 2 I also have a 9/16 end wrench that I had to grind flat for fit as the original grinder backup was slipping and spreading.) Definetely don't buy the boxed asst. of parts as you'll only use a small portion of those included and will be running after more popular sizes. Rags, gloves, respirators, glasses/goggles. 4way drill chuck. These are things that I started hunting as soon as the papers were signed on my new garage. I often go to Harbor Freight, Tractor Supply, Steve's Wholesale and such and spend a few hours browsing for those little tools that we never think of until we cannot find them. Stock up on grinder wheels, wire brushes, sandpaper, all the goodies you use a lot. The nuts and bolts are the easy parts!! BTW, I think I'm jealous of all the storage you have there!!!

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Austringer (author)pappyld042007-12-02

I'll have to post a picture. It wasn't exactly hard to build, though i did the shelf with a bunch of saddle joints that were easy to fit together one at a time but frustratingly tight all at once. The expensive part was the row of drawer cabinets.

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Sunbanks (author)2007-12-01

You could maybe try ebay.

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