Stable and finger friendly bowl for tidbits

Dec 29 2012

When doing mechanics, like fixing a car, small parts are taken off and most of them need to go to their old places again. While not being in their right place they might get mixed and lost.

First be thorough to Always put the parts in bowls.
Keep several bowls for different parts you are working on.

Here is what i have learned about these bowls:

They must be stable. It is way too easy to tilt a bowl, especially when lying under a car. A small dog food or a cat food bowl is perfect. They are stable enough to be pushed without tumbling over. They also have nice smooth edges around the bottom that makes it easy to hunt and grip screws and other small pieces with your fingers.

They must be several. One is not enough unless you do only a small work with few pieces.

Different colours is good but not critical.

I have sometimes wanted to cap them, like when putting them away for a while. This can just as well be done through moving their contents to other, cheaper, boxes.

One time or another i wanted to have them magnetic so their invaluable contents didn’t escape. Absolutely not critical.

More important then is to have the bowls square, or any other shape, and some sort of walls in the bowl to make it a bit chronological. Like the first parts that where taken out are leftmost.

Until someone creates an expensive bowl for die hard DIYelvers; use an old cat bowl. It has neen close to perfect for me.

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