How To Store Your K'nex Efficiently : A Complete Guide

Hi guys!

Do you want to make your K'nex builds faster, more efficient, and keep a count of your pieces? Well, here is a way! It will take a few hours, but this will save days in your construction work!

This a complete guide, and mostly, you will need a few boxes and of course, K'nex.(duh!)

So, first of all, I would like to make a note to the people who think that I don't have much k'nex. The K'nex which are used in this i'ble, are NOT all my K'nex. I made Shadowman39's Coin Sorter v2, so many of my pieces went there and the rest in Competitor 107, by JonnyBGood.

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Step 1: Choose Yer Boxes!

Ok, so I took a few pics of the boxes that I used. Feel free to look at the pics and find suitable boxes for your K'nex!

Step 2: Take 'em Out!

This step is quite easy!

WARNING: If you have a lot of K'nex, you should take them in groups in 2000-3000 for convenience.

Make sure to break all the blocks of built K'nex. (I had blocks of Defiance at that time) You might also want to sort the pieces out.

Step 3: Filling Up the Rods (Bigger than Blue)

So, here we are gonna take out the rods of the respective colors- Yellow, Red, Grey. See the way I have put a rubber band around them for making the space taken by them less.

Step 4: Filling Up the Rods (White & Blue)

Now, we will fill the white and blue rods. The box was not shown in the Box step. It is just a regular Spacemaker Box.

Step 5: Filling Up the Rods (Green)

Now, the smallest rod. The size of the box depends on the number of rods you have.

Step 6: Filling Up the 3D Connectors and Wheels

Just as the title suggests. The wheels are at the bottom and the 3D Connectors are kept in separate lidless boxes on top of them.

Step 7: Sorting Up the Rest of the Connectors

Just see the pics!!

Step 8: All DONE!!!!!

You're all done for now!

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akshat21045 (author) 10 months ago

Thanks for all you support! My Instructable is now featured! My first feature!

knex akbar3 months ago

Nice guide, also the rubber bands for red rods and grey rods are quite usefull.

sadly I'm still having allot of trouble sorting my 12k knex pieces lol and this guide is more aimed towards people with allot less knex, so I wouldn't say this guide is''complete'' but still nice anyways, hope you do another one when you get more knex :)

akshat21045 (author)  knex akbar3 months ago

Sorry for the inconvenience caused to you. I now have 3-4K more pieces. So I might update it, though it would be impractical for me to do that. Just too time consuming.

3 months ago

This is how I sort my 12k knex pieces:

I take all my connnectors, place them on grey rods, for example:

28 yellow connectors on one grey rod, I keep doing this with all my connectors untill I run out of them and seperate them in my boxes, this also easily counts the amount of connectors you have since you multiply the amount of grey rods by 28 for your connectors, and as for rods I just bag them up.

JM19995 months ago

I noticed that one of the red rods had a sharpened end!

I loved knex guns and once put a hole right through a - wall... oops!

akshat21045 (author)  JM19994 months ago

Yeah, I know! I use it as ammunition.

LOL! That's why my house has concrete walls.

DarkOwlProductions8 months ago

I could learn a thing or two from this, so I think I'll try this out. Thanks for the idea!

akshat21045 (author)  DarkOwlProductions8 months ago

Of course! You're welcome! Well, its a bummer that you can't build guns now, as my next i'ble was gonna be about building guns. It is a collab between me and Jonny.

jwclittlebuddy9 months ago

The bands with the rods; That's genius. I don't think, however, that you gave any time at all for ideas on how to keep easy count of your pieces. I'm going to favorite this already, but I would just spam the hack out of the button if you could give some ideas on that.

akshat21045 (author)  jwclittlebuddy9 months ago

Thank you for the compliment. As the title suggests, it just gives ideas for storing your k'nex, not for storing them :P. If you would like me to add a step for the purpose of keeping count of the pieces, I would do that, but it is quite well understood that you can choose a particular group of piece, take them all out, and take them fistful by fistful, while counting and noting them. When you finish the first category of pieces, do the grand total, and move on to the next category!

Still, if you did not get much info by this para, I will make another step! Just comment.

I haven't had a chance previous to this to write a comment, so I will do so now. =D

The way you store your K'NEX is only similar to the way I store my K'NEX in the fact that you organize yours, XD, other than that, our methods are entirely different. I don't say that either method is better.

I see why you do what you do, but the way I do store my K'NEX is, as I have said, entirely different. I used to use this big box and I would just have all of my K'NEX chucked in to this big box, well then, after I got a couple thousand more K'NEX, I decided to bag each piece type of my K'NEX into different-sized Ziplock bags (if you not from the U.S., a Ziplock bag is just a plastic bag with something akin to a plastic zipper on the top to seal the bag). Not only does this save space (and allow me to put all of my individual bags into my old K'NEX box) but is is relatively cheap and effective.

So, if you don't want to go out and buy different K'NEx boxes and the like, just by individual bags.

9 months ago

That too is a good way.

Yes, I know what a Ziplock is (I was born in the US, lived there for 8 years) and I have a lot too but the main problem with Ziplocks (for me) is that all of my Ziplocks are sandwich sized. So I would have to use like 30 just for 3D connectors, another 30 for the big rods, and more and more.

If I used so many, my Mom would kill me (literally).

Thanks!

hunter99910 months ago

Congratz on being featured! Your first one :-)

akshat21045 (author)  hunter99910 months ago

Thanks! I'm so excited! Do you get a free PRO Membership?

10 months ago

Indeed you do but unfortunately for my whisk that got featured..I..I didn't :-(

akshat21045 (author)  hunter99910 months ago

Why? You should tell some manager!

10 months ago

I might but the whisk is dated all the way back into July - a long time ago! - I am not sure if I can still get one but its worth a shot I guess..

akshat21045 (author)  hunter99910 months ago

I just got mine a few minutes ago! You should actually take a shot!

10 months ago

Yeah - I'll send a message to them now :-)

JonnyBGood10 months ago

hmmm... I like that idea of rubber banding rods together. I don't think I need to go as far as counting them but it's a great idea to keep them together and in a much more organized way!

akshat21045 (author)  JonnyBGood10 months ago

Yeah, I really liked that too. It saved a lot of space!

Thanks.

10 months ago

As I said to Jonny, the only thing is,when you have too less rods in a rubber band, it falls apart since there is not enough tension for the rubber band.

akshat21045 (author)  hunter99910 months ago

Ah... You can solve this problem as well. If you coil up the rubber band a few times, it can support even a few bands.

10 months ago

Yep, that works. Again nice job!

10 months ago

No prob.

10 months ago

The only thing is,when you have too less rods in a rubber band, it falls apart since there is not enough tension for the rubber band.

10 months ago

Yeah, but for the amount of pieces I have, that will not be an issue.

hunter99910 months ago
Nice!
akshat21045 (author)  hunter99910 months ago

Thanks!

10 months ago

No problem. =D

Sorunome10 months ago

Nice guide :P

akshat21045 (author)  Sorunome10 months ago

Thanks!