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What is THE most fantastic way to store things like drill bits and screw driver bits? I need something modular, robust, and mobile. The cases the product comes with are almost always plastic, cumbersome, and are likely to break easily. This also needs to be the easiest way to put the tools away so that is what ends up happening.

Also, what is the best way to store every little nut, bolt, screw, nail, washer, doo-dad, bit, and bob that I happen to obtain? I'm no where near where I would be able to do this....yet. But I do envision my a good part of my shop space looking like a hardware store.
 
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For drill bits, it is pretty straightforward to take a block of wood and drilll a series of holes that suit the bits, deep enough to leave only half an inch or so protruding.
Then you can route or chisel out another block to be a lid, and put it on with a hinge on one side and a catch on the other.

Driver bits being sommuch shorter, but generally less varied in diameter, you can do pretty much the same thing, with a smaller base block. Helps make it easy to know right off which you have, the drill bits or the screw drivers.

For screws, bolts, nuts, nails, rivets, wasshers, lock washers, cotter pins and whatever other small bits you need, baby food jars are a classic option, but there are probably a hundred different versions of little bins in racks.

Fishing tackle bixes are another remarkably adaptable option, with loads ofnvariety to choose from. For easily portable toolkits with assorted supplies they can be a really good option.
 
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I am partial to tool rolls, leather for heavy use stuff and canvas for lighter less sharp stuff--or can't find or afford leather, like me.

Jars, cans with lids, candy tins like altitude. Whatever you can find and fits the job.
 
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I like reusable grocery bags. Various categories of tools are stored in each bag. This method is used for things that don't come with a good case.

I sometimes have to cut buildings in half or slice away unwanted portions. The bag for that contains circular saw blades, Sawzall blades, diamond saw for stucco, chalk line, extra chalk, a variety of nails and screws. When I get to the job, I dump the bag out near where extension cords plug in.

Drill bits and socket sets reside in their cases. I've found that good quality stuff comes with a suitable case. Junk comes with cases that are I'll fitting with clasps that fail.
 
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Put those tools to work, build an apothecary chest.

An old fishing tackle box has lots of compartments.

A magnet on the wall will keep the bits in reach.

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