Parts Storage Solution

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Introduction: Parts Storage Solution

Great parts storage and indexing solution.
Features:

-Simple to construct
-Inexpensive
-High density
-Floor or bench space NOT required.
-Scaleable, go as big as you like
-Easy to index new parts

Step 1: Parts Required #1

-3/16" x 36" Metal rod
-2 Small U-Clamps
-2 Utility shelf mounting brackets

Step 2: Parts Required #2

-Self adhesive plastic J-hook hanging tabs
-Poly zip lock bags

Step 3: Drill Shelf Bracket

Drill a hole to accept the U-Clamp

Step 4: Attach the U-Clamp

Attach the U-Clamp to the shelf bracket

Step 5: Mount Shelf Brackets

-Screw the shelf brackets to wall studs
-Insert metal rod
-Tighten U-Clamps

Step 6: Attach Hanging Tabs to Bags

-Place the hanging tab between the flaps of the bag with adhesive side facing down
-I made some reference marks so tabs were consistent

Step 7: Press Firmly

Press the hanging tab against the bag, opposing thumbs come in handy for this step.

Step 8: Add a Staple

Add a staple or two in case the adhesive lets go one day

Step 9: Start Hanging Parts!

Ah...the fun part.  Getting all those parts off your bench and out of all those little drawers.

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    This is actually a really cool idea! For a second there I was wondering what kind of parts you were trying to keep in storage and I was pretty amazed when it clicked for me! Honestly, I don’t know if I'm organized to keep this kind of system going past the first organization though! Everything would be all over the place once I start putting new things in!

    That looks really nice, But electronics storage using plastic bags just isn't for me!

    This individual bags storage solution looks really neat and tidy. I bet it will also help in organizing the little pieces of bolts, screws and tools for easy retrieval later on. I think this system can also be used for other purposes and not just to store parts. Other objects could range from spices, condiments to even women’s accessories in the bedroom. All knick-knacks in whichever form can be stored and organized neatly for a mess-free arrangement around the house.

    I like it for in the instance of getting a new value component to store, you can simply hang it straight into its correct slot, in a drawer or tub solution, you have to move either all the components along or shuffle the draws around to introduce a new group.

    Very neat and clean and proper storage concept. You will be able to retrieve any specific part or tool in a matter of seconds and do not need to search high and low for it as everything is well-organized and arranged with proper labels. Most importantly, it does not take up floor or table space.

    What I like about using the bags also is that the label surface is so large you can easily describe everything that's in it; that is something that is difficult to do with part drawers. Another bravo!

    Oh, I have to mention one more feature that I can't live without: It might be the only system where you can store the system on itself.

    Ya that.

    I keep a stapler and sharpies nearby. The tabs and bags hang ready for action.

    Thanks for your support DA.

    Usually, you can combine parts with labels and most of the original packaging intact, (trim as required). That allows me to put 100pF 100V -and- 1KV caps in the same bag!

    I even write unit conversions on there, like 100pF, .0001uF, 1nF, ...

    You're really dead set against parts drawers? I rather favor my Akro Mils storage solutions here.

    I still use drawers for some things. Phone plus and jacks, gears, relays and all my construction stuff like screws and standoffs etc.

    It's nust so much easier to index a new value component this way.