I had a shallow pencil drawer that wasn't big enough for much but it was perfect for resistors,diodes etc.  I cut the cavities in 3/4" MDF with a round end router bit on a router table.  It was an easy project and now my parts are so simple to locate.
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sylvain011 year ago
nice job
gmessenger1 year ago
Great idea!
rbyrer (author)  gmessenger1 year ago
Thanks. One guy ask what do you do if you want to add a new and different value of resistor. I have extra unused slots and more labels.
Such a creative idea you have had there! I am pretty sure these tiny electronic parts would be pretty tough to scour through an entire pile of them should they get mixed up altogether. Who knew an almost useless pencil drawer could be easily turned into such a practical electronics part storage and turn your life hassle-free.
omroe3 years ago
Whoa! I like the idea. I'm gonna make one! Thanks
WWC3 years ago
Very nice.
What happens if you want to add a 680K to the mix?
mvieke WWC3 years ago
I think you have to throw away the whole board and start from scratch ;)

@rbyrer: Voted. Fantastic idea
WWC mvieke3 years ago
Yes i agree with you.
Chop the whole thing up into kindling and start again.
I see no other way.ha
martind17 WWC3 years ago
The labels don't look permanent!
zyzzyva573 years ago
I would make this slight suggestion on filing be it this or files in a cabinet, etc
Use numbers 10, 20, 30... as labels
Then in a Google or Excel spreadsheet (SS) in Column A list numbers, then the Column B the item
This way when a new item needs to be added out of sequence, then this is done simply by adding the item in the next number after the previous last number
When you need an item, you do a Alphabetical or Numerical sort on Column B, so one item may be in slot 40, while the other in slot 110, but you don't care
Going up by ten also allows for those cases you might need, say, an item between 10 and 20
Incidentally, in a Column C you could put notes about Column B
RetroPlayer3 years ago
This is a great idea. I don't think I would waste all that space on resistors, but I think I may incorporate this into my prototyping bench for ICs.
batman963 years ago
Awesome doesn't quite say it all.



So simple, yet so perfect!

I've got to built one.
Pizzapie5003 years ago
Cool! Must have been tiresome to rout those holes. I myself store them in tiny bags that they came in. Kind of like this http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-4W-Metal-Film-Resistor-Assortmet-kit-set-1000-pcs-/320548786086?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aa2324fa6#ht_3672wt_1111
profpat3 years ago
nice project!
MARCELA19673 years ago
i like it !!!!!!
This is awesome. I voted, hope you win!
CrLz3 years ago
Great idea!
Kiteman3 years ago
Wow, that *is* organised!