How to Store Your K'nex Efficiently : a Complete Guide




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Do you want to make your K'nex builds faster, more efficient, and keep a count of your pieces? Well, here is a way! It will take a few hours, but this will save days in your construction work!

This a complete guide, and mostly, you will need a few boxes and of course, K'nex.(duh!)

So, first of all, I would like to make a note to the people who think that I don't have much k'nex. The K'nex which are used in this i'ble, are NOT all my K'nex. I made Shadowman39's Coin Sorter v2, so many of my pieces went there and the rest in Competitor 107, by JonnyBGood.

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Step 1: Choose Yer Boxes!

Ok, so I took a few pics of the boxes that I used. Feel free to look at the pics and find suitable boxes for your K'nex!

Step 2: Take 'em Out!

This step is quite easy!

WARNING: If you have a lot of K'nex, you should take them in groups in 2000-3000 for convenience.

Make sure to break all the blocks of built K'nex. (I had blocks of Defiance at that time) You might also want to sort the pieces out.

Step 3: Filling Up the Rods (Bigger Than Blue)

So, here we are gonna take out the rods of the respective colors- Yellow, Red, Grey. See the way I have put a rubber band around them for making the space taken by them less.

Step 4: Filling Up the Rods (White & Blue)

Now, we will fill the white and blue rods. The box was not shown in the Box step. It is just a regular Spacemaker Box.

Step 5: Filling Up the Rods (Green)

Now, the smallest rod. The size of the box depends on the number of rods you have.

Step 6: Filling Up the 3D Connectors and Wheels

Just as the title suggests. The wheels are at the bottom and the 3D Connectors are kept in separate lidless boxes on top of them.

Step 7: Sorting Up the Rest of the Connectors

Just see the pics!!

Step 8: All DONE!!!!!

You're all done for now!

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    37 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for all you support! My Instructable is now featured! My first feature!


    1 year ago

    I use a huge 5x3 shelf with buckets on it + about 10 other buckets of green rods, tan clips, etc., wheels, mini knex, and broken pieces.

    The Knex Inventor

    3 years ago

    Nice guide! I use plastic Ziplock bags to organize my rods and connectors, and I put my smaller pieces (y-clips, spacers, etc.) in pill bottles.

    knex akbar

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Nice guide, also the rubber bands for red rods and grey rods are quite usefull.

    sadly I'm still having allot of trouble sorting my 12k knex pieces lol and this guide is more aimed towards people with allot less knex, so I wouldn't say this guide is''complete'' but still nice anyways, hope you do another one when you get more knex :)

    3 replies
    poncho513knex akbar

    Reply 3 years ago

    I have no idea how many I have, but I've spent the majority of this Saturday sorting just the rods.

    akshat21045knex akbar

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Sorry for the inconvenience caused to you. I now have 3-4K more pieces. So I might update it, though it would be impractical for me to do that. Just too time consuming.

    knex akbarknex akbar

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    This is how I sort my 12k knex pieces:

    I take all my connnectors, place them on grey rods, for example:

    28 yellow connectors on one grey rod, I keep doing this with all my connectors untill I run out of them and seperate them in my boxes, this also easily counts the amount of connectors you have since you multiply the amount of grey rods by 28 for your connectors, and as for rods I just bag them up.

    I haven't had a chance previous to this to write a comment, so I will do so now. =D

    The way you store your K'NEX is only similar to the way I store my K'NEX in the fact that you organize yours, XD, other than that, our methods are entirely different. I don't say that either method is better.

    I see why you do what you do, but the way I do store my K'NEX is, as I have said, entirely different. I used to use this big box and I would just have all of my K'NEX chucked in to this big box, well then, after I got a couple thousand more K'NEX, I decided to bag each piece type of my K'NEX into different-sized Ziplock bags (if you not from the U.S., a Ziplock bag is just a plastic bag with something akin to a plastic zipper on the top to seal the bag). Not only does this save space (and allow me to put all of my individual bags into my old K'NEX box) but is is relatively cheap and effective.

    So, if you don't want to go out and buy different K'NEx boxes and the like, just by individual bags.

    Congradulations on getting featured, Akshat!

    3 replies

    That too is a good way.

    Yes, I know what a Ziplock is (I was born in the US, lived there for 8 years) and I have a lot too but the main problem with Ziplocks (for me) is that all of my Ziplocks are sandwich sized. So I would have to use like 30 just for 3D connectors, another 30 for the big rods, and more and more.

    If I used so many, my Mom would kill me (literally).



    Reply 4 years ago

    Same here - born in USA, lived there for 8 years, then moved to Maharashtra


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I noticed that one of the red rods had a sharpened end!

    I loved knex guns and once put a hole right through a - wall... oops!

    1 reply

    Of course! You're welcome! Well, its a bummer that you can't build guns now, as my next i'ble was gonna be about building guns. It is a collab between me and Jonny.

    The bands with the rods; That's genius. I don't think, however, that you gave any time at all for ideas on how to keep easy count of your pieces. I'm going to favorite this already, but I would just spam the hack out of the button if you could give some ideas on that.

    1 reply

    Thank you for the compliment. As the title suggests, it just gives ideas for storing your k'nex, not for storing them :P. If you would like me to add a step for the purpose of keeping count of the pieces, I would do that, but it is quite well understood that you can choose a particular group of piece, take them all out, and take them fistful by fistful, while counting and noting them. When you finish the first category of pieces, do the grand total, and move on to the next category!

    Still, if you did not get much info by this para, I will make another step! Just comment.