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ecuadoriana
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2010 10:18:54 PM »

This is a Totally Rocks It craft in my book!!!!

I have one serious logistics question, however. What keeps the drawers from getting jammed when the items land in a deep pile at the back of the drawer? Do the long items, like the screws, get tangled up with each other in a pile, thereby preventing the drawer from being pulled out? It seems like the hex nuts & washers wouldn't get tangled since they are round & have smoother surfaces. Even the category called "Hardware", the Allen wrench shapes, seem like they'd get tangled up, jamming the drawer.

Do the drawers not get jammed only because perhaps it is utilized more often during the day? As you said, "So if you happen to need a washer and don't want to go get one from the bin...you can just pull open the appropriate drawer and see if one has been collected..."

My other concern would be that after you pull out a drawer, for lets say the hardware, what prevents the ones that may have "piled up" (and not laying flat in the drawer) from falling to the drawer below? Not only would that mean the items are now mixed in with others, but they would be in the way of being able to fully shut that drawer again.

If this is happening, perhaps having the drawers set in on an angle (downwards, towards the front), with a stopper back to keep the drawer from coming out all the way, would help? That way the pieces could be dropped in the slots & they would land in the drawer and slide forward rather than pile up in the back.
 
This project intrigues me because my husband & I have a construction framing company & something like this could really help out when we sweep up the dropped nails, & screws at the end of the day. We tend to do the same thing- dump everything into a bucket & sort through the hardware, sawdust, gum wrappers, pencil butts, etc. at a later time (it's a good project to give the workers while we're all sitting around waiting for a late roof truss or lumber delivery!).

Please let me know what you are thinking about my comment/suggestion. I may be way off base- because with out seeing it in "action" it is hard to really predict.

I am loving and ROCKING this project and I agree that it would really help in a craft room for ribbon bits, pins, beads, etc!!!  Smiley
 
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« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2010 10:30:54 PM »

Brilliant!  I love that not only does it sort, but it looks damn cool doing it. And that it makes looking for a piece easier so that they don't all pile up is even better.
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« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2010 10:52:23 PM »

What a great idea! It's an attractive and practical solution. I think you could use a system like this in alot of situations. Thanks for sharing it. Oh, and *this rocks!*
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« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2010 10:56:12 PM »

Oh, and I love your goal of posting a project on every board. I'll be following! Look forward to seeing what you come up with!
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« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2010 11:38:46 PM »

That is genius! I especially love how intricate you made the corresponding holes. Kind of reminds me of the toddler toy where you sort everything out by shape.
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« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2010 12:14:19 AM »

WOW! That is a wonderful idea... I need one for my husband... and one DEFINITELY for me! Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2010 01:13:36 AM »

Such an awesome idea! I love it! Fantastic job!  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2010 03:35:50 AM »

This is WONDERFUL !!!! I am hitting this rocks
Not only is it a really hip thing to make, it actually makes peoples lives easier ! Wink
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« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2010 05:09:18 AM »

I believe you deserve a raise for this ingenious solution. Not only does it demonstrate creativity but you have improved the efficiency of the shop - no one will have to waste time and money sorting through that bucket when it is full.
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« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2010 06:00:07 AM »

I love the utility of this bin as awell as how nice it looks.

Great job.
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