One day while I was going through my whole parts searching routine for the umpteenth time and lamenting the sad state of my storage situation I had an epiphany of invention. I had lots of the perfect storage containers on hand, they just needed a bit of modification in order for them to work perfectly for storing electronics components. In this article I will show how I did it.
Step 1: The Back Story
First a little about my dilemma so you can see if any of this applies to you or not. Some electronic components I just don't have enough of to dedicate a separate storage container for each value. They still need to be kept in some kind of order in relation to each other though. Like lets say for instance I needed small NPN signal transistors for a project, sure I have a drawer of NPN transistors but they're all just tossed in there in piles basically. So I'd dump them out, sort through them with a pair of tweezers to see what I had, lining the different ones up with each other so I could read them etc. This got to be a real bore and a chore after a few times. This activity seemed to go on every time I wanted a transistor too. Sifting through the lot to pick one.
I don't know maybe I'm nuts but all I know is I like all of my transistors lined up like little soldiers before I feel really comfortable picking one out of a basically mixed group. Call me crazy! It is sort of crazy I know, but it seems like the thing to do whenever I have to choose a transistor. Anyhow that is what this article addresses, making storage containers where I can leave my parts all lined up and organized, so I don't have to line them up and organize them whenever I want to pick one to use. Because doing that over and over really is crazy!