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Tip: A wooden Mancala board makes a great sorting tray!

A Mancala board is the best for sorting screws.

The wooden concave holes makes it easy to pickup screws and small parts when repairing laptops and phones.

They come flat or they fold if you want to save space. You can new get one from Target for about $13.00 or get one at a garage sale, flea markets or craigslist for cheap. The last one I got cost me 75 cents at the San Diego swap meet. There are millions of these out there collecting dust, recycle them into a great work bench tool

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iFixit sells a sorting tray now, a tool we've used in house for a long time on all our teardowns and repairs. If you are doing any repair with more then 4 steps, I highly recommend it. Nothing worse then reassembling, and not being sure which microscopic screws go where..

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bit posh for me.... you can use plastic egg trays, egg cartons, ice cube trays, apple trays (the fruit), bits of double sided tape, whatever you like.some people draw a rough diagram on cardboard and then punch the screws in as they go along (updating the drawing too)

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An even cheaper solution I learned from R/C modeling days is to use an egg carton. These can be found in 12 and 30-egg sizes, and the supply is practically limitless!

Another good use for the 30-egg size is as sound insulation on budget recording rooms. The irregular surface makes sound reflection off the walls virtually non-existing. Try it; works great!

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