Resistor Storage (A Home for Ohms)

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Introduction: Resistor Storage (A Home for Ohms)

This is my first instructable. I hope someone finds it useful.

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Step 1: My Way of Storing Resistors

During a recent renovation of my relatively small workshop I decided to find a better way to store my resistor stock. Until now I had stored them in small plastic drawers, several values per drawer, bit this made it time consuming locating a particular value or even knowing if I had the value I was looking for.

The new storage came to me during a visit to a local office supplies store (Officeworks) here in Hobart.

I found a packet of 50 seed storage envelopes for just a few dollars. Being seed storage I assume the paper is acid free.

The envelopes measure 120x70mm.

Now for something to put them in.

Step 2: The Box

The answer came during a visit to a local hardware store (Bunnings). In the craft aisle I found an MDF craft box that by chance would perfectly fit 2 envelopes wide and near exact height. A box could be fabricated with basic tools.

All that was required was to glue a centre divider into the box (a piece of 3mm balsa offcut) and sort the resistors into their new home.

I can now locate a value in seconds and as soon as I pick out the envelope its obvious if I have any of that value.

The labels are printed using Avery Label printing software.

I sprayed the box with a wood sealer.

I am now considering another box to store ceramic and other small capacitors.

Step 3: Materials

Tudor No.5 seed envelope Officeworks

Large craft book box Bunnings

Labels

Paint or sealer

Thin timber offcut (balsa or ply), big enough to make a divider

Resistors to put in it :)

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    Vyttas

    6 months ago

    Thats really good idea which i gonna use too. The only thing i can offer is to add labels which would be visible without removing envelope from box.

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    Thanks for your comments.

    I did consider adding tabs to identify each envelope. The only reason I didn't was due to the size of the box I chose. The lid would squash them down. Otherwise its a great idea. I am planning another box and might build it instead, in which case I will make it a little taller to accommodate the tabs.

    I would love to see what u come up with :)

    Thanks for your comments.

    I did consider adding tabs to identify each envelope. The only reason I didn't was due to the size of the box I chose. The lid would squash them down. Otherwise its a great idea. I am planning another box and might build it instead, in which case I will make it a little taller to accommodate the tabs.

    I would love to see what u come up with :)

    That's a good way to keep them organized :)

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    Thanks Swansong. Its fairly compact aswell :)