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Sorting / aligning wood screws

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If you do about 1000 of these 50mm G8 screws a day and they all come loose from a box ....
Let's just say I am getting sick and tired of being poked by these needle points and trying to get a hand full of screws ready for use in my hand....

There is quite a few sorting machines out there, even on Instructables.
Just nothing in a dead simple and quick to make fashion.

So I was thinking of abusing my printer to make a little ramp with proper spacing, leading to a PET bottle connection.
Thing is that where I need the screws we have no power.
Cords and outlets just don't go well with hundreds of cabinets being moved around a day.
Means ideally I would like the entire thing to work with just gravity.
You know:
Drop a hand full of screws in the feed "bucket" and the slide down into a channel that gets narrow and leads to the spaced ramp.
Then I can just take the scrw out from the ramp in one line and all pointing down.

So much for the theory...
Created it so I can add a stand and adjust the angle if required, but....
Coarse wood screws just LOVE to stick together :(
It seems impossible (without added vibration) to make these screws seperate properly before entering the ramp area.
Means, even if the are coming down all lengthwise and not crook, they pile up and jam.
Works fine with single screws or just a few but around 10 or 12 and chances are it blocks up.

Does anyone know of a contraption out there there would work better and without the need for motors and such?
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Re: Sorting / aligning wood screws

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I think I managed to design something that works half decent with just gravity.
At least the prototype does LOL
Will see that I finalise the design over the next week and then upload it in case someone else might have a need for it.
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