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Stripwood storage and organization
« on: May 30, 2017, 04:55:23 PM »
So...How do you deal with storing strip wood? I have for years thumbtacked the bags to a bulletin board so I could read the sizes and slip pieces out vertically but it occurred to me that I may be an idiot and there's a better way...anybody?

I'm about to change scales, after working in HO forever, and build an 0n30 layout. I need to buy a large assortment of O scale strip wood and looking for a way to organize it so I find what I'm looking for quickly.
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Re: Stripwood storage and organization
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2017, 05:07:09 PM »
I just re-did my stripwood and detail parts organization a few weeks ago. Nothing fancy. Ended up using two of these Plano cases from the hardware store.

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Re: Stripwood storage and organization
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2017, 06:33:06 PM »
Thanks Dave-so those boxes are 24" long?
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Re: Stripwood storage and organization
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2017, 10:38:46 PM »
I use mailing tubes and potato chip tubes for all my 24" stripwood. I tape them together in rows and put them at the back on the workbench. I mark sizes in 1000ths and use the sizes that fit the scale.
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Re: Stripwood storage and organization
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2017, 12:58:31 AM »
yeah, I got a bunch of those bins from Harbor Freight years ago, they work great as I can organize them by size, pre stained and ready to grab for projects,,,,, I use the bins also for castings storage, using the dividers. I organize the castings by theme: roof , waterfront, loading dock, ect.
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Re: Stripwood storage and organization
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2017, 07:05:59 AM »
Thanks Dave-so those boxes are 24" long?

Length = 14".

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Re: Stripwood storage and organization
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2017, 07:55:53 AM »
I use those trays to house my scale figures.  I found two more of them while cleaning last week.  Now I know what I'll use them for.  Thanks, Dave!


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Re: Stripwood storage and organization
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2017, 08:15:02 AM »
Stan


I use the cardboard tubes that flex track is shipped in to store my strip wood.  I have two racks that I made for them.  One is 24 inches long, and the other is 12 inches long.  Very complex and expensive - I just glued the tubes in neat rows into a cardboard box and labeled each tube with the sizes. I have the dimensions labeled in both 1:1 inches and HO 1:87 inches. I will try to remember to post a picture when I get back to the workbench.
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Re: Stripwood storage and organization
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2017, 08:34:21 AM »
Great idea Stan.....thanks.  8)
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Re: Stripwood storage and organization
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2017, 09:33:35 AM »
I'm old enough to remember when computers came with manuals, and those manuals were enclosed in nice sturdy slipcover boxes...


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Re: Stripwood storage and organization
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2017, 09:42:00 AM »
I'm old enough to remember when computers came with manuals, and those manuals were enclosed in nice sturdy slipcover boxes...


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Dang, you are old!   :D  :D  :D 

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Re: Stripwood storage and organization
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2017, 10:06:14 AM »
I'm old enough to remember when computers came with manuals, and those manuals were enclosed in nice sturdy slipcover boxes...

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Dang, you are old!   :D :D :D 

I remember when computers, and software, came with manuals too!   :o
I bought my first personal computer in Oct '78.   

I also keep a 'scraps bin' in a slide-out drawer underneath my work table.

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Re: Stripwood storage and organization
« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2017, 10:20:21 AM »
love to see a picture.



I use the cardboard tubes that flex track is shipped in to store my strip wood.  I have two racks that I made for them.  One is 24 inches long, and the other is 12 inches long.  Very complex and expensive - I just glued the tubes in neat rows into a cardboard box and labeled each tube with the sizes. I have the dimensions labeled in both 1:1 inches and HO 1:87 inches. I will try to remember to post a picture when I get back to the workbench.
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Re: Stripwood storage and organization
« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2017, 12:44:06 PM »
I use mailing tubes taped together for longer strip wood and parts. 





For the smaller more fragile strip wood I use an Ikea ALEX cabinet with wide shallow drawers.  This is also nice for tools.



Here is a link to the cabinet:  http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40196241/

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Re: Stripwood storage and organization
« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2017, 01:01:05 PM »
Gents...

I don't keep a large supply around as I make up stuff as I need it or go to town and find just what I need.

I do keep some standing in a few pieces of ABS black plumbing pipe that are tied together with duct tape.  I stuff in in the closet when not in use.

I have a tube for one inch thick dimensional stuff and another for 2x dimensional lumber.  I don't sort it any smaller than that.

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