1988 - Volume #12, Issue #4, Page #28[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Do-It-Yourself Portable Bolt BinWhen Roger Puetz built and equipped his shop there was no wall space available for a bolt bin. His solved the problem by building a portable bolt bin that he can tow right out to any repair job.
"This eliminates needless walking to and from the bolt storage to the job in search of a particular-sized nut or bolt," says the Humboldt, Sask., farmer who also found another advantage. Cleanup after a job is eliminated "because, as a component is dismantled, the bolts and nuts go into the proper bin right at the job."
At the top of the bin, Puetz built a peg-board tool storage area. "It provides a convenient place to hang small hand tools and the shelf below it is a place to store tools when they are not in use," he says, noting that on the side opposite the tool storage area, pegs are used to hold a complete assortment of washers.
Two long roll-out trays were installed under the sides of the bolt racks on roller bearings. "I use them for storing fine-threaded bolts and huts, lag bolts and shields, and cultivator bolts," Puetz explains.
He installed a small parts cabinet at the front of the cart to hold various types of fasteners, screws and finishing nails. At the rear of the cart, another rack holds various-sized nails and gyproc screws.
The bolt cart frame is made from 1-in. rectangular tubing. An automotive-type steering assembly gives the portable bin greater stability and makes it easy to move. The four wheels were salvaged from a discarded lawn mower. Puetz built the bolt cart for about $125, painting the finished product with acrylic enamel paint with a gloss hardener.
Contact FARM SHOW Followup, Roger Puetz, P.O. Box 1897, Humboldt, Sask. S0K 2A0 Canada (ph 306 682-3520).
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