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How to Make a Storage Container for Small Parts

Keeping nuts and bolts in an old can? Easily find the right part for the project with this handy organizer.

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make a storage container for small parts
  • Time

    30 Minutes

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Cut a Hole in the Pan

Finding a particular nut or bolt amid a can full of small parts can be difficult and frustrating (Image 1). That's where an old baker's pan comes in handy. Use a drill press to cut a hole in the pan (Image 2). Make sure the pan is clamped down securely. Set the speed setting to low to cut into the metal pan.

Step 2: Separate the Pieces

Use the pan to separate the pieces into individual jars to keep similar pieces organized. Be sure to use clear jars so you can see what's inside.

Step 3: Cut the Jar Lids

Use an awl to start a hole in the lid of the jar. Next, screw the lid of the jar to the bottom of the shelf and attach the jar to the lid to complete the project.

use an awl to start a hole in lid of jar