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Old 2nd January 2003, 01:12 AM   #1
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Default Parts storage

I have just started purchasing parts for experimenting and building audio projects. I am now facing a problem. How to store those parts keeping them organized? I was thinking about some type of small drawer unit but haven't been successful finding one. I would like to find a product that is readily available in the US and can be expanded with the addition of more units.
Any ideas, suggestions? How do you guys keep your parts?

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All good electronics places should have them..

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Old 2nd January 2003, 02:21 AM   #3
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Default Bins are nice, but

I use 3 ring notebooks and plastic "slide" holders for my precision resistors, sm micas etc. -- nice when you want to build crossovers or RIAA pre-amps.

a good idea is to purchase the "kits" of parts from Jameco -- they come with bins.

If just starting out, consider buying sets of 100 1/4 watt resistors in some of the common values - 120 ohm, 1K, 10k, 100k -- from Digikey and the "kits" of 1/4 and 1/2 watt resistors in which you get 5 of each value.

You will find that a good supply of 10N, 100N and 1 U ceramic caps -- buy 100 at a shot -- are another good investment.
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Old 2nd January 2003, 02:40 AM   #4
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Funny you should ask that,
I just purchased a chest of drawers at Home Depot It has 30 small and 9 large drawers. The large drawers have the volume of 4 of the small drawers, to give you an idea. It's pretty good quality, too.
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Old 2nd January 2003, 05:23 AM   #5
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When you accumulate a major pile of stuff, you can get one of these...

4 side, 3 cabinets per side, on a base that allows it to rotate!

I got this recently, and haven't finished putting everything into it yet, plus it had a bunch of stuff already in it. After I load it up I'll have to go through it and make an inventory list in excel. Sometimes you can have too much storage!

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Old 2nd January 2003, 05:28 AM   #6
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And this type is good for heavier stuff...
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Old 2nd January 2003, 05:30 AM   #7
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keep ICs and FETs in conductive foam and antistatic bags. Those parts cabinet drawers are polystyrene and generate huge static charges when anything slides across them.

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When you accumulate a major pile of stuff, you can get one of these...

4 side, 3 cabinets per side, on a base that allows it to rotate!

I got this recently, and haven't finished putting everything into it yet, plus it had a bunch of stuff already in it. After I load it up I'll have to go through it and make an inventory list in excel. Sometimes you can have too much storage!

MR
Did you steal that?? Its very much like what Dick Smiths has... and you said it already had parts in it... lol.. I wouldn't mind one of those... I can NEVER find where I put stuff. .
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Old 2nd January 2003, 11:55 AM   #9
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Those turrets are great (but not cheap). Only problem, you always have to turn 3 times to get at the bin you need
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Old 2nd January 2003, 03:17 PM   #10
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Believe it or not, it was a feebie! After a lab move the thing sat in a corridor for a week until I made some inquiries. "We're going to throw it away. Do you want it?"
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