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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
 
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Step 1: Parts Required #1

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

Step 2: Parts Required #2

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

Step 3: Drill Shelf Bracket

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Drill a hole to accept the U-Clamp

Step 4: Attach the U-Clamp

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Attach the U-Clamp to the shelf bracket

Step 5: Mount Shelf Brackets

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

Step 6: Attach Hanging Tabs to Bags

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-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

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

Step 8: Add a Staple

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

Step 9: Start Hanging Parts!

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Ah...the fun part.  Getting all those parts off your bench and out of all those little drawers.
asmotsat4 months ago

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.

DeanAshby1 year ago
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.
alcurb DeanAshby5 months ago
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!
carlmal (author)  alcurb5 months ago

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.

carlmal (author)  alcurb5 months ago

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, ...

pfred22 years ago
You're really dead set against parts drawers? I rather favor my Akro Mils storage solutions here.
carlmal (author)  pfred25 months ago
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.
alcurb pfred25 months ago

Oy! I had the parts drawers for several decades and I was so glad to get rid of them in my last move. The resistor leads get stuck in the drawer and you need to struggle to open it. (As you might know, electronic parts are not as well behaved as nuts and bolts.) Parts infiltrate other bins or they end up behind or below the drawers. Some clear plastic non-flexible drawers make this awful screeching sound when you open or close them if there is nothing in them or the contents are light. I'm done with them and never want to use them again unless the technology has improved a great deal. So far I see nothing that compels me to buy'em. I like this instructable because it solves all those inconvenient issues that I talked about.

Oh, provided the drawer boxes are not attached to the wall, if you knock one over, you'll be playing 5200 pick up (and then sort).

carlmal (author)  pfred22 years ago
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pfred2 carlmal2 years ago

I see. For larger parts I have this. My "junk box".
carlmal (author)  pfred22 years ago
I'd love one of those! If I bring any more old organs home my wife would make me live there....
pfred2 carlmal2 years ago
I've seen folks living in worse. The whole thing only cost me $200 to put up. I used a lot of scrap wood for the frame though.
carlmal (author)  pfred22 years ago
I'm always acquiring parts and I found it hard to fit them in using drawers. If you always work with the same parts I suppose parts drawers are fine. I do think this is more volume/footprint efficient though.
alcurb5 months ago

I like your solution. I'm curious that you apply the hook to the inside lip instead of the outside. Is that because you want the bags open all the time? In my application, I would attach the hooks on the outside of the bags so that the bags can be zipped up and ready to go if I want to transport them somewhere.

carlmal (author)  alcurb5 months ago
The tabs are above the zipper so they will still close, but I rarely zip them.
carlmal (author)  alcurb5 months ago
The tabs are above the zipper so they will still close, but I rarely zip them.
Cool! Just like the pharmacy does it. I should try this - I am in dire need of an improved organization system.
dimtick2 years ago
I like this idea. I have a lot of miscellaneous screws that this would work with.
I wonder if adding file tabs onto the bags would help. may help you find what your after faster.
think there's something better you can do with the wire rolls and the alligator clips but the bags are cool.
carlmal (author)  dimtick2 years ago
I have a thick wooden dowel mounted above my bench for spools of wire. It partially inspired this design. So you are correct, there are better things to do with the spools.
where do you get the "J" hooks?
carlmal (author)  extremeseeker2 years ago
http://www.uline.com/
I bought 1000 J-hooks and 1000 4x6" bags for about $100
Probably 2 - 4 times as much as I'll need in my lifetime.
If you only need a few, 3M makes them in smaller batches.
Bongmaster2 years ago
neat, space saving, and u can see all the parts without having to rummage :)