How To Create An Organized Stackable Parts Storage Cabinet

If you’re like me, you’ve got a kind of “Winchester House-like” system for keeping all of your screws, bolts, nuts, washers, hooks, nails, brads, tacks and parts in a place where you can get at them… usually thrown all harum-scarum in the smaller upper workbench drawers and coffee cans. I’d hate to actually audit the time I’ve spent looking for everything whilst in the middle of projects.

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So, what would you think of having your hardware– every single cotter pin, rivet, fuse, lock nut– sequestered in its own bin, in labeled cases stacked 12-high in a portable cart? Well, that’s exactly what Dave Wirth did with his huge inventory of parts and fasteners, employing the Storehouse 20-Bin Portable Parts Storage Case from Harbor Freight.

20 bin storage case

Made of rugged ABS plastic, each case houses 20 removable bins and has a clear lid so you can see what you got inside without opening it up. It also comes with a handle for easy toting.

sorting the bins

Dave actually got a kick out of going through his stuff, dumping everything out, sorting them into their own trays, and then deciding which trays should be grouped together in the same case.  In the process, he found things he never knew he had.  Also, it was a treat knowing he’d never have to spend all that excess time looking for just the right sized bolt.

building the cart

So, how did Dave Wirth tackle this extremely cool modern marvel? Check out his detailed “how-to” video here:

And while you’re at it, visit his Blog for a quick pictorial of how it’s done. It really is a neat project and a work of art.

As for the table saw, miter saw, wood glue, clamps, nail gun, compressor, belt sander and casters— whatever you don’t already have in your arsenal– you can find at Harbor Freight at great prices.

Making Your Case

One of my biggest issues when I go shooting is lugging gear from the car to the range. Lately, I’ve been switching between three bags– a cheapie I got at a gun show which is now mostly just used for ammo; a range bag with so many pockets, I keep losing stuff; and a 2-rifle sniper drag bag which, let me tell you, gets a lot of laughs from the guys.

I recently picked up a fourth carrier, though, and this one is perfect for when I’m just taking handguns. The Storehouse 18″ x 12-3/4″ x 6″ Aluminum Case at Harbor Freight was originally made to carry tools, but there are so many other great uses for it. For example, because the rugged case comes with foam inserts, it can be shaped to comfortably custom-fit four full-sized semi handguns…

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…and six pockets in the case lid can snugly fit your mags. Another suggested configuration, fit the case with two guns, ear protection and a spotting scope.

Or, this beautiful orchestration…

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Or one James Bond gun with plenty of mags…

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Or, a taken-down AR. Very cool!

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You get the point. There are also several other, small pockets for which you can use your imagination, and the case comes with two keyed locks for safe– and, depending where you live… {{cough}}california{{cough}}… legal– transport of your guns.

The Storehouse Aluminum Case provides safe, neat containment for guns, camera equipment, telescope lenses, RC helicopter gear, tattoo equipment, magician’s props (you think I’m kidding? I found these in the customer reviews!)– really, anything you want to custom fit and carry securely. A great investment at only $27.99.*

*The Storehouse 18″ x 12-3/4″ x 6″ Aluminum Case is currently only available at Harbor Freight Tools store locations, and is not available for online purchase.

Harbor Freight Tools: Aluminum Hard Case Goes Photo

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A great find for photography enthusiasts! Harbor Freight aluminium cases.

File this under more Harbor Freight Tool surprises – M2 Photography recently found that our 18″ x 12-3/4″ x 6″ Aluminum Case works perfectly to protect and store their valuable camera gear. Anyone whose ever dabbled in pro-style photography knows how expensive camera gear and camera storage gear is, so finding a suitable option for only $24.99 is an amazing thing. Check out their blog post to see how they customized these cases for use.