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    We bought a bunch of harbor freight organizing totes and threw away the containers and just kept the inserts. The inserts are used exactly like in the picture above. It ends up being pretty cheap. The official vidmar brand are expensive. We bought a lot of those too for the deeper drawers, but in aviation there are a ‘metric ton” of very small parts, especially with avionics and electrical and that’s mainly what we use the harbor freight one for.

    also worth mentioning that, if you go when they are on sale, and join their club, you can get them for about $2 each. I bought about 50-60 of them so it was worth it for me to wait for a sale and join the club for an additional discount....
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    I merged this thread with another good one on the subject. I like your method Grant. What are the bar codes about?
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    Inventory. We are hi-tech! There is a computer on the parts bin. When we get a part for the airplane we scan the barcode to the job. It keeps the inventory accurate and makes sure we donít forget to reorder when we get low.

    Miguel at the computer working on a bracket, but this is the computer, scanner gun, label printers, and placard maker.

    Its also a TV. I canít miss my shows you know.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    Inventory. We are hi-tech! There is a computer on the parts bin. When we get a part for the airplane we scan the barcode to the job. It keeps the inventory accurate and makes sure we don’t forget to reorder when we get low.
    Interesting, can you educate me on the system and cost. I am terrible at billing simple hardware and have run out of stuff on occasion as well.
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    pm’d you

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    Pro shops have different needs than private guys. I like the double decker parts boxes by DeWalt that I get at Home Depot. Mobile is good. Easy to store on the shelf, too.

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    Cut-down plastic quart oil containers work well as drawer organizers.
    Not sure but Aerosheel & Phillips might be slightly different shape/size--
    all the better to efficiiently fit a defined space.
    Cessna Skywagon-- accept no substitute!
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    I have a hangar, a garage, two storage sheds and an attic. I could spend the rest of my days 24/7 trying to organize things, believe me I've tried but it never works. In fact it's usually after I go through one of these organization bouts that I'll come across something I need and know that I have because it's been sitting on the bench in my way for three or four years and now I can't for the life of me find it. Same goes for hoarding, I throw something out that's been laying around for years and a week later I need it.

    As for the attic - when I sell this house I'm just going to sheetrock over the access ladder and not tell anyone it's even there. It will be like a time capsule. Just think of the thrill someone will get 250 years from now when they open it up and find a vintage 24 pin dot matrix printer and a George Foreman Grill.

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    I dump it all in a big 5 gallon bucket and then anytime i need something i dump it all out and route around until i find it. At least it feels that way sometimes. There's some steel hardware drawers by Durham that I've been looking at but they are kind of expensive.

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    My neighbor was a dealer for Barnes hardware in Juneau, and was very kind when helping me build a 'bulk' stock of hardware with storage bin cabinets.

    When we got all done, she also tossed in some cabinets with drawers that have lids and you can remove to take to the job location.

    Organization? A good cub video or game in the background, something nice to drink and some time every so often to sort and organize. Never is fully done, but as said before, you always find that part you had been looking for for years.

    Purging? Yes, she needs to purge some of that fabric and other junk; me, I know exactly when that part will be needed, and have it to prepare for days that don't go so well. If my friends need it first, ok. But often I have saved my bacon by reaching into the back shelf and pulling out some dusty item that will do the job I need that day. If I had Tractor Supply, Welding Supply, and three heavy equipment dealers and sled dealers within an hour's drive it might be different. But living remote we need to be ready.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike mcs repair View Post
    think I added 13?? organizers in last half year... last seven should arrive any day now(Amazon Prime).... running out of wall space down on main level... had to move my steel storage rack to make room for this next batch... but i have empty walls upstairs in office area if need be...

    think this will make an even 40 organizer bins full of parts.... and I see fred meyer has finally restocked locally today when i was there......

    and finally broke down and ordered a basic "general" hardware assortment for projects around the shop, so i don't use the speendy AN hardware... 3400PC Grade 5 COARSE Thread Bolt, NUT, Flat and Lock Washer Assortment

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    I've got all my AN hardware/airplane stuff super organized, (Fastenal small parts cabinet drawers, with the removable trays), also my non aircraft hardware (wall mounted racks with the removable bins). You want a 3/8" flat washer, a 5/16" x 3" lag screw, or a 1/4" lock washer, I can lay my hands on them instantly. But my metric hardware is all in a bucket, for some reason I can't get behind organizing it, I'm still hoping the metric system goes away.

    I was involved in a big remodel of an old bakery some decades ago, and scrounged a huge stack of the metal bread pans there were throwing out (! not on my watch) , and built shelving for them, they are good for larger items, like plumbing and electrical parts.
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    Help! How do you organize your misc hardware?

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    and finally broke down and ordered a basic "general" hardware assortment for projects around the shop, so i don't use the speendy AN hardware... 3400PC Grade 5 COARSE Thread Bolt, NUT, Flat and Lock Washer Assortment

    that turned out to be a really nice deal,

    especially if you live in the bush... came in a US Mail priority flat rate box(full! Very HEAVY!!)

    all(most, some leftovers) fit in one 64 drawer cabinet... ( I bought this cabinet separately..)

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    I think it was 2013 last time i went on reorganizing binge... much better organized now, now fill more drawers with different hardware options.. 43 cabinets now....



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    The tool cabinets from Harbor Freight are decent quality and work very well for organizing hardware and parts. The divided trays posted above will fit in the drawers for small stuff.

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    I know a guy who uses steel filing cabinets.
    Each drawer is for a particular type(s) of hardware.
    he uses cutdown 1 qt oil bottles to keep the various sizes separated.
    At least one other person on the airport copied his system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike mcs repair View Post
    that turned out to be a really nice deal,

    especially if you live in the bush... came in a US Mail priority flat rate box(full! Very HEAVY!!)

    all(most, some leftovers) fit in one 64 drawer cabinet... ( I bought this cabinet separately..)

    even came with drawer face labels... (can't figure out how to add picture from here...)Click image for larger version. 

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    Mike, when I saw this post I couldn't resist. I bought the same thing.

    Almost busted a gut carrying up our 15% driveway! Heavy. But nice to have. I finally got them in the bins I already had---after dumping out the misc unsorted hardware in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod180 View Post
    I know a guy who uses steel filing cabinets.
    Each drawer is for a particular type(s) of hardware.
    he uses cutdown 1 qt oil bottles to keep the various sizes separated.
    At least one other person on the airport copied his system.
    We have a auction place around there that sells pallets of surplus guvment 4 drawer steel filing cabinets, that look like they came out of the '50's, I'm looking at one right now in my home office. I can see a stack of them, two high, making a very space efficient way to store hardware, great idea.

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    Maybe its not as pretty as Mike MCS or Pierce but I don't spend all day with a label maker. I'm a trend setter keep the tools with the hardware that way you're only searching in one spot!! Kirby I could be neighbor as long as you still have some "Angels Envy's"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    We bought a bunch of harbor freight organizing totes and threw away the containers and just kept the inserts. The inserts are used exactly like in the picture above. It ends up being pretty cheap. The official vidmar brand are expensive. We bought a lot of those too for the deeper drawers, but in aviation there are a ‘metric ton” of very small parts, especially with avionics and electrical and that’s mainly what we use the harbor freight one for.

    also worth mentioning that, if you go when they are on sale, and join their club, you can get them for about $2 each. I bought about 50-60 of them so it was worth it for me to wait for a sale and join the club for an additional discount....
    Grant,

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    https://www.schallercorporation.com/plastic-boxes/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Pierce View Post
    And you are willing me those if you go before me.
    Already got your name on 'em Pierce
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    Tell me more about them. Manufacturer? Source?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Foy View Post
    Tell me more about them. Manufacturer? Source?
    Not sure......bought at an auction years ago. I'm thinking they were drawers for engineering/architectural drawings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Foy View Post
    Tell me more about them. Manufacturer? Source?
    Those are "Flat Files" (the picture is sideways) These days with everything going digital, you can find them cheap at used office furniture places.
    Remember, These are the Good old Days!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Utah 12 Driver View Post
    Maybe its not as pretty as Mike MCS or Pierce but I don't spend all day with a label maker. I'm a trend setter keep the tools with the hardware that way you're only searching in one spot!! Kirby I could be neighbor as long as you still have some "Angels Envy's"


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    I can't see your pictures.... show up for other people?????
    Not here, either.
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