Over time, I grew tired of opening and closing the little plastic drawers that I used to store screws and washers until I found the one I needed. I decided once and for all to fix the problem with a solution that gives me instant visibility of all the small parts I use. I needed just two kinds of vinyl parts and a little creative cutting to pack the works into a single drawer.
As shown in the drawings above and below, the two parts are 2-1/2-in. by 2-1/2-in. vinyl downspout and panel edging. I cut the sides off the downspouts, turning them into long trays. I cut these trays to a length equal to the width of my drawer. Then I stacked the trays on my bench and ganged them together with the panel edging. Next, I used a circular saw to cut kerfs in the bottom of the trays. The depth of the kerf reaches but doesn’t cut the panel edging.
With the stock taken from the sides of the downspouts, I made dividers for the trays. As shown in the drawing, I used a mallet to knock these dividers into the sawkerfs. The result: lots of bins and lots of visibility for a little work and not much money.
Cliff Kancler, Los Altos Hills, CA