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Turn a tin into a handy and decorative tool kit

Quite a few smaller tools comes in tins these days, and it seems a waste to throw these away. I turned my empty Bosch Tacker tin into a handy tool kit.

 

Tins are always handy to have, and if you don't already have a home toolkit you can turn any tin into a practical storage container for tools and small supplies that are great to have for the odd repair here and there around the home. Plus, this is a fun way to dress up an old tin and you can use all sorts of items for the top.

This tin is large enough to hold a Bosch cordless screwdriver, roll of duct tape, small can of WD-40 and even a few tools such as a pair of pliers, tape measure, stanley knife, and any other tools you may want to store conveniently. Here are a selection of tools that you might want to put into your emergency repair tool kit.

- Cordless screwdriver or small set of assorted screwdrivers

- Pliers, long- or needle-nose

- Roll of duct tape

- Can of WD-40

- Craft or Stanley knife

- Pattex 100% power glue or repair gel

The reason I put duct tape and WD-40 is because you can use both to remedy a variety of home fixes in the home. Duct tape sticks to almost any dry surface and stays stuck, while WD-40 will loosen or release rusted, binding or sticking.

A selection of odds and ends were arranged on top of the lid to cover up the embossed design and make it more personal. Once you are happy with the layout, take a pic to help you remember what goes where, or remove only one section at a time.

I used 10-minute epoxy glue to attach the items onto the lid, dividing the lid into quarters and working quickly to place the items in the glue before it started to harden.

Once all the glue was hard I sprayed the lid and tin with Rust-Oleum 2X satin london grey, making sure to cover all the areas. Two coat were required - turning the lid around and lightly spraying from different directions to get into all the nooks and crannies.

Let the parts dry overnight before placing your emergency tools in the kit and popping on the lid.

 

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