We picked up some of these plastic 1-quart mixing containers recently for use in mixing Bondo Glass — mainly because we’re lazy and figured at $0.75 each we could just pitch ’em instead of trying to clean ’em. But just a week later they’re in use all over the shop. Hell, we ended up running back and picking up a dozen of ’em to keep in the cabinet for later.
Besides acting as calibrated (and cheap) mixing containers, they’re great for holding small parts while you’re working on something — did I mention that the ones we have fit perfectly into most car cupholders? — or for holding a few pencils and pens on the workbench. I grabbed one the other day to carry a bunch of small pieces of sandpaper from the cabinet to where I was working. Seriously, if you don’t have a few of these in your shop, pick a few up. You’ll thank us later.
They’re available at the big-box retailers, most hardware stores, and pretty much any place that sells paint. (They work great as a small, disposable paint reservoir, too.) And if you need something larger, most places carry a 5-quart and a 10-quart as well, though the small ones seem to offer the most general utility.
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