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Board w/various sizes of nuts

Sort nuts and bolts with speed

I collect nuts and bolts like a magnet. But I couldn't use them if I couldn't find them, so I needed a way to quickly size and sort them.

In a piece of scrap lumber, I mounted T-nuts of the most common thread sizes and wrote the size of the nut next to it. I drilled a hole at the top of the sizer and hung it on the per-forated hardboard over my workbench.

When I have bolts left over from a project, I try them in each hole of the sizer until I get a fit, then store them by size. It works so well, I made a similar board to sort nuts by putting bolts through the T-nuts from the back.
--Jim Jaffe, Hawthorne, N.J.

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