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Once the growing sprawl of electronic parts starts showing up in your dreams, you know you’ve got some tidying up to do. It can be a challenge to spend quality hacking time on humdrum sorting & parts organization, but of course, in the long run it’s a no-brainer.


I’ve yet to discover a magical motivator* for organization. But if you can put aside a few minutes for the cause, consider installing an uber-simple wire rack using plain old curtain brackets – perfect for taming those wild spools that roam your workbench.

*sadly, impromptu desk-naps do not help.

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Update: From the comments, Chris makes a good suggestion –

it would work well to mark and drill the lower hole for the curtain rod bracket, then put the screw in and tighten a bit, leaving it a bit loose. Then mark the upper hole exactly where it now needs to be, based on the lower hole. Let the bracket swing down and out of the way while drilling the upper hole, then swing up and screw in. Next, go back and tighten the lower screw’s nut. This way, it’s no problem if the first hole is drilled a bit off, and the marking on the second is easy.

Similarly, mount both brackets, then put the dowel in and mark for cutting based on the actual finished position of the brackets.

Very true, thanks Chris!

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!

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