How to Make a Fastener Tote

This fastener tote is great for portability, but a couple of packs of screws and nails will grant you lifetime immunity from reaching in bucket bottoms.

fastener tote with oil cartons

You’re packing 1-in. long screws but need just a few 2-in. screws to finish the job. Do you rummage in your drawers, bins and boxes for the right-sized screw? Not if you have a portable fastener caddy like this one. Build it from plywood scraps and the bottom halves of motor oil bottles cut with angled tops. Use a 3/4-in. plywood scrap for the vertical partition/handle, and drill a few holes to accommodate an array of screwdrivers, driver and drill bits, and nail sets. Screw the bottles to the partition so they can’t fall off.

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The six-pack tote is great for portability, but a couple of 10-packs, one for screws and the other for nails, will grant you lifetime immunity from groping in bucket bottoms for the right-sized fastener.

(Drywall screws are sharp and easy to drive without a pilot hole—but they’re often quite brittle. Drill pilot holes first, and drive the screws at slow speeds with your power driver so they won’t heat up and snap.)