How to Make Homemade Screw Organizers

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Organizing a garage or work area may not only result in a neater appearance but can also make it much easier to locate smaller items. Nails, brads, bolts, washers and screws often accumulate in drawers, cups and other containers. Screws, for example, can be difficult to locate, especially when a particular size is needed. Organizing screws by size and type can be a time and money saver because you won't be tempted to purchase screws that are already on hand.

Things You'll Need

  • Screws
  • 1-by-12 inch board (2 feet long)
  • Baby food jars
  • Metal punch
  • Hammer
  • Wood screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Shelf brackets
  • Place a 1-by-12 piece of lumber that's 2 feet long on a sturdy work surface.

  • Remove the top from a baby food jar that's been washed, rinsed and thoroughly dried. Place the jar lip upside down on the work surface.

  • Punch a hole in the center of the baby food jar lid with a metal punch and a hammer. Hold the punch in the center of the lid, then strike the end of the punch with the hammer.

  • Place the baby food lid on the 1-by-12 lumber. Consider the position of the lid on the board and allow enough room for placing more baby food lids, based on personal preference.

  • Attach the baby food lid to the board with a wood screw. Insert the screw through the hole in the lid and secure it to the board using a screwdriver.

  • Make holes in more baby food lids based on the number needed to organize all of the screws on hand. Attach the lids to the board in the same manner with wood screws and a screwdriver.

  • Attach a shelf bracket to each side of the 1-by-12 lumber, with wood screws. Position the brackets on the board so the baby food lids are on the bottom of the shelf. Mount the board, with the brackets attached, to the wall of the garage or workshop in a convenient location.

  • Organize the screws by size and type into the baby food jars. Attach the jars to the lids mounted on the bottom of the board and use the top of the 2-foot-wide shelf for organizing other objects or tools.

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