Over at the new ShopNGarage forum, J.A.F.E. offered a great tip for keeping small parts secure in a parts washer or cleaner bath. J.A.F.E.’s tip calls for placing small parts into a perforated Altoids tin, as this will allow the parts to soak in cleaner while ensuring that they don’t get lost or separated.
If you have multiple batches of small parts, simply punch a number or unique pattern into each Altoids tin lid to tell the batches apart. This way, you can keep multiple batches soaking in the same bath or parts washer, and can remove them at separate intervals.
If you look closely, the holes are punched from the inside out. Not only does this expand the tin slightly leading to a better and tighter fit, it ensures that delicate parts won’t be marred by the spread jagged edges around the holes.
There are tons of great shop tips over in the same forum thread – you can check them out here.
Credit goes to J.A.F.E. for both the photo and the tip – thanks!