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I rebuild/refurbish tube radios and amps and build the occasional DIY project so I'm always needing various resistor values.  I finally got tired of having to go to Radio Shack or place an order online every time I got a new radio.  So, I bought a resistor kit.  I found one on Ebay that included 50 values of 1 watt resistors that will cover most of my needs.  When combined with my original stock of resistors I now have 100-125 values of resistors to store and keep track of.

No more of this dumping them all in the bottom of a draw and searching for the needle in the haystack.  I needed a system for storing my resistors by value so that I can get them instantly.  What I came up with works very well for me and should work for you.

Step 1: The Parts

1 or 2 boxes of plastic zip lock SNACK bags.  You'll need one bag per resistor size.  Be sure to get the snack bag size.  They are perfect for this use.  About $1 at the $1 store.

Some card stock cut to fit inside the bags

Printed labels or sharp pointed marker

A box or container just slightly wider than the bags.  I found that Michael's and other crafts stores carry a nice photo storage box that's just the right size.  I got one for $3 on sale so I bought two.

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<p>I make custom decal labels for organizing resistors and any discreet electronic components. Also Custom Engraved Wooden Boxes for housing protoboards/ breadboards. Please see the links below:</p><p><a href="https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/196162336/new-electronic-small-parts-organizer-for?ref=shop_home_active_6" rel="nofollow">https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/196162336/new-elec...</a></p><p><a href="https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/196492631/new-electronics-parts-organizer-for-e24?ref=shop_home_active_1" rel="nofollow">https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/196492631/new-elec...</a></p><p></p><p><a href="https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/204827635/new-make-getting-organized-easy-and-fun?ref=shop_home_active_2" rel="nofollow">https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/204827635/new-make...</a></p>
<p>Thank you for the ideia.</p><p>I will made this. It's very usefull.</p><p>I have a lot of resistors and capacitors</p>
Got any good ideas when one has several thousands of resistors and need it crated?
Where did you get your resistor value/color code labels? I did some Googling and found a guy who has some PDFs up, but it seems yours are stickers? <br> <br>Great idea. Will be implementing this with my pile this weekend.
Mine aren't stickers. You could print them on labels if you wanted to. I printed mine on plain paper and then glued them to the card stock liner.
This is a great way to sort and file these. I was looking at separate drawers for each value or several values, but this seems so much better and easier. <br> <br>Definite favorite idea. Looks like I need to order a resistor kit now.
This is great not only for your resistors, but also for my sewing accessories. I have needles in one zip lock bag, and threads in another. Such a great storage idea and you can rest assured that your little items do not get lost and are well organized. My husband uses a similar storage system for his screws, bolts and other garage tools.
Spookily enough, I came up with the same solution for storing resistors <br> <br>For larger components, I made some 5&quot;x3&quot;x0.5&quot; boxes from 6&quot;x4&quot; index cards. I used the Crafter's Companion Multiboard to mark out the folding creases, although it would be simple enough to make up a jig to make the creases. <br>
Well, it's not rocket science. When there's a need we tend to design an answer for it don't we?
Nice solution. Mine is done the same way but with envelopes because that's the way Dad set it up a few decades ago. :)
He probably used what he had available. I used the clear bags 'cause I like to see what is inside without opening up. I've seen church offering envelopes used. The main idea is to just get them organized. There isn't a bigger time waster the just piling resistors in a coffee can etc., then digging thru them to find what you need. I've seen it a hundred times at other friends workshops and it makes me shake my head every time.

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