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Old 03-12-2019, 12:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do you keep from mixing up your bushings.

I found this at Home Depot.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-6-...5-03/301959984

Thought it might make a good was to store my bushings when not in use. I thought I would make labels to ID the pen kit and drill size needed. Possibly label the container Penn State, Rockler, Woodcraft, etc....

I also found an item home depot, thought it might be good to organize the drill bits. I can't find a link for it at Home Depot.
https://smile.amazon.com/DEWALT-DW21...s%2C149&sr=8-5

I kind of want to keep the pen drill separate from my other drills.

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I use something similar but with more compartments. I just started doing that. I try to keep in plastic bags and mark the bags. Another suggestion I read one time which is a good one is use a engraver and either make up a code and have a number system and chart to match numbers. But make multiple copies of the chart because we all misplace things.
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I use these from Harbor Freight: 24 Box Storage System. Each small box is the perfect size for a set of bushings and you can keep 24 of them together in the case (I just had to upgrade to a second set ). Best of all, they are cheap!

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The one I have would only hold 6 sets, but I like the smaller footprint. They stack so I can buy more as needed.

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I use these from Harbor Freight: 24 Box Storage System. Each small box is the perfect size for a set of bushings and you can keep 24 of them together in the case (I just had to upgrade to a second set ). Best of all, they are cheap!

Hope this helps.
Nice. Kind of a box of boxes.
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Taking a page from the way Turner's Warehouse now packages their bushings, i picked up a supply of these https://www.amazon.com/Philips-13-Bl...s%2C159&sr=8-4 (purple was the cheapest when i bought mine). Have my label spreadsheet about ready to go, it will have the dimension, drill size and hardware names. Will probably shelf them by drill size or dimension. My spreadsheet can be sorted by hardware name, so easy enough to find the dimensions. Need to get back on that little project!!
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Plastic shoe boxes, large enough to hold an inventory of kits, the bushings, drill bits and any special blanks for that particular kit. They stack, and are clear enough to see what the inventory is when getting ready to order.
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Another thing. I had a problem with a busing stuck on the mandrel (Not CA, but friction polish). I asked the salesman at Rockler and he suggested soaking the mandrel and bushing in DNA.

I was able to the bushing off after soaking in DNA. I noticed a rough spot in the mandrel, and sanded a little to remove the roughness. I have not had that problem since.

Now I soak the bushings in DNA after use.

I am not sure about the plastic these cases are made of, wondering if DNA would attack the plastic.

The harbor freight system would also make a nice container for soaking in DNA as long as the plastic is not ruined by the DNA.

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Look for CraftMates Lockables. They have a bar you have to push from the end before you snap open the compartment lid to get the contents out of that compartment. Even if you fumble and drop it while opening it the bar closes back up to lock them so the contents stay inside. No hands and knee work looking for a bunch of lost bushings. Micheals, Amazon and others sell them. Best storage for bushings or any small items.
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Look up:
Storehouse 68238 Toolbox Organizer with 4 Drawers
From Harbor Freight. I like them because of capacity (72) plus the area under lid and the ability to organize by individual case (up to 18 spaces) to pull out what you or move the whole box out of the way.



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