Oil Bottle Hardware Tote

Here’s a fun little project to keep your screws, nails, nuts and electrical whatsits handy and neatly organized.

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Here’s a fun little project to keep your screws, nails, nuts and electrical whatsits handy and neatly organized. To make one, you’ll need:

■ Six quart-size motor oil bottles (empty!)

■ One 9-in. x 7-3/4-in. floor made from 3/8-in. or 1/2-in. plywood

■ One 7-3/4-in. x 6-in. plywood handle

■ Two 3-1/2-in. x 9-in. plywood sides

With a utility knife or snips, fashion the oil bottles into bins with 15-degree angled sides starting 2-1/2 in. up from one side. (The 12-oz. hash mark on the bottle is great for the low end of the angle if yours has them.)

Saw a handle slot in the vertical piece, and saw 15-degree angles on the sidepieces. Glue and nail the six-pack together. Add solid wood strips along the open sides to keep the bins from falling out and to make it easy to pull one out as needed. Thanks to Dan Tronnes for this idea.

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