Parts Storage Solution

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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

-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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    24 Discussions

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    Rituguptascs

    1 year ago

    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!

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    Yonatan24

    3 years ago

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

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    EricColbert

    4 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    asmotsat

    5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    DeanAshby

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    alcurbDeanAshby

    Reply 5 years 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!

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    carlmalalcurb

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    carlmalalcurb

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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, ...

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    pfred2

    7 years ago on Introduction

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

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    carlmalpfred2

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    alcurbpfred2

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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).

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    carlmalpfred2

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    alcurb

    5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    carlmalalcurb

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    The tabs are above the zipper so they will still close, but I rarely zip them.

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    carlmalalcurb

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    The tabs are above the zipper so they will still close, but I rarely zip them.

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    Cool! Just like the pharmacy does it. I should try this - I am in dire need of an improved organization system.

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    carlmalpfred2

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I'd love one of those! If I bring any more old organs home my wife would make me live there....

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    pfred2carlmal

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    dimtick

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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.