My dad was an engineer for Chrysler, in the 1960s and 70s. He collected a LOT of nuts and bolts and parts. Over the years we moved from using oil cans with the tops cut off, to baby food jars, to cleaned clear plastic peanut butter jars and rubbermaid tubs. I also have made wooden open-top boxes about a foot square and five inches deep. If I were to invest more, I'd build a wall of cubbyholes sized for the peanut butter jars and I'd buy a large quantity of them in two different sizes. The clear plastic is safer to keep things in than glass. For larger pieces I would use the wooden bins and stack them.
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