Storing your Dwarven Forge

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Re: Storing your Dwarven Forge

Post by AnimeSensei » Sat Feb 06, 2016 7:44 pm

Custom work is about 10 years down the line. We actually got quotes but it was too much for us right now. (Probably between $3-4k for what is necessary)

We plan our money pretty well so I don't doubt it will happen, just not at this moment. :)
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Re: Storing your Dwarven Forge

Post by Runeweaver » Sat Feb 06, 2016 7:24 pm

William wrote:Also, go look at antique furniture stores. They used to build some awesome compartmentalized cabinets for all different kinds of things. My mom has three multi-drawer cabinets I want someday. Two are gorgeous oak post office pieces and one is a dark cherry dentists cabinet.
If you live in an area that has them, it's worth a look and a fun day of looking at history. Just a thought.
This is a wonderful idea. Wonder why I hadn't thought of it before? Yes, I agree with William. If you don't want it custom made, then antiques are a good path to trend on.

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Re: Storing your Dwarven Forge

Post by William » Sat Feb 06, 2016 7:21 pm

Also, go look at antique furniture stores. They used to build some awesome compartmentalized cabinets for all different kinds of things. My mom has three multi-drawer cabinets I want someday. Two are gorgeous oak post office pieces and one is a dark cherry dentists cabinet.
If you live in an area that has them, it's worth a look and a fun day of looking at history. Just a thought.
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Re: Storing your Dwarven Forge

Post by Runeweaver » Sat Feb 06, 2016 6:50 pm

You aren't going to want to here this, Anime. However, I think it is time to break the news to you.

You aren't going to get what you want from the items that you are choosing from.

There I said it. Now, let me explain. You are looking for something nice, elegant even, that appeases the tastes of your wife; and yet stores all of your gaming stuff in an organized fashion. There are plenty of organization ideas from what others have put forward here. I think nearly all of them are clever, but they will not appeal to your wife. As cool as plano boxes are for organizing (and they truly are), they are not elegant (arguably). That isn't their purpose. So, you move on to the next thing, which is furniture, affordable furniture that is Ikea. You have found a couple of items to your liking, but they don't mesh well with what you have. I think it is time for you to bite the bullet, and ask yourself some serious questions. Are you going to keep your collection (keep meaning a very long time), and are you going to be staying in the same house for awhile? If both of those are yes, then hire a carpenter to custom make something for you. Your wife will love the presentation of your storage system, but not the price. I have little advice for you on how to convince her, but it'll be better for both of you anyway. Beautiful presentation (her), and an ideal storage solution (you).

Good luck, my friend. You may very well need it. ;)
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Re: Storing your Dwarven Forge

Post by pacarat » Sat Feb 06, 2016 5:00 pm

"The difference between you and me? I make this look good...". 8-)

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Re: Storing your Dwarven Forge

Post by madrigalian » Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:53 pm

AnimeSensei wrote:My current line of thought are these, but as they are from Amazon I can't touch them to determine their sturdiness before I buy them. They also do not have any way to separate the insides for compartmentalized storage, so I'd be finding an additional product for that. I also don't know how good they would look.

http://www.amazon.com/Winsome-Capri-Fol ... 001E95R04/
Canvas is a plus. The dimensions are pretty spot on. I would consider beige though. Might look great (more 'elegant') with your dark wood cabinet. Or at least a mix of both. All black will make for a pretty dark and well, black cabinet. Still, if you're going for the MIB or X-Files look that could be a plus too. :)
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Re: Storing your Dwarven Forge

Post by AnimeSensei » Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:17 pm

My wife would like something opaque and elegant looking. I want something that I can easily throw stuff into and still have it organized. Brown or white boxes are probably a no-go. Needs to be such that the casual observer wouldn't think twice when looking at the area.

Truthfully, something like the IKEA Drona cloth boxes would be ideal if I found one with removable storage compartments and if it actually fit. (These boxes do not) http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10300319/

My current line of thought are these, but as they are from Amazon I can't touch them to determine their sturdiness before I buy them. They also do not have any way to separate the insides for compartmentalized storage, so I'd be finding an additional product for that. I also don't know how good they would look.

http://www.amazon.com/Winsome-Capri-Fol ... 001E95R04/
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Re: Storing your Dwarven Forge

Post by Vegomatic » Sat Feb 06, 2016 3:47 pm

A search for flat storage boxes reveals several museum/archive flat storage boxes ranging from two to five inches thick and various other dimensions.
They are made of archive quality box board and have metal reinforced corners so they can be stacked pretty high with little concern for weight. They are intended for archival storage of paper/photos so they can take a bit of weight.
They are a little pricey but they look very sharp.

Here are a couple of samples:
http://www.lineco.com/cart.php?m=product_list&c=2203
http://www.archivalmethods.com/product/ ... h#nomobile

Another option might be flat shipping boxes... variety of thicknesses and dimensions. They are much cheaper but may not have the longevity. Also they are available in white which might look nicer than cardboard brown. (I have a couple of these... three inch thick... they are pretty sturdy.)

Staples and other office supply stores carry them or have them available for order.

If you don't want "flat" boxes all the above are available in other dimensions... I just like flat boxes so I can see what is in it easily without having to dig around or dump it all out.

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Re: Storing your Dwarven Forge

Post by pacarat » Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:48 pm

What are your priorities/requirements? That should drive your selection... ;)

Size, appearance, sturdiiness? Clear/transparent or opaque containers?

Take a look at Michaels/Hobby Lobby - they have wood boxes of assorted sizes, finished or unfinished. I have some that are kleenex sized, that I use for zombie games modern buildings. These will stack easily.

Unfinished wood would give you the option of staining to match the ikea finish.

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Re: Storing your Dwarven Forge

Post by AnimeSensei » Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:00 pm

Ok folks, I am in need of some help. I have an IKEA Hemnes bookcase (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70227118/) that I purchased to store my dwarvenite in. I have about 7 sets of KS1, 6 sets of KS2, and an Empire pledge from KS3, along with lots of add-ons. Part of the condition for buying into KS3 was I would store it so it looked nice in our house.
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I can't use Sterilite or other plastic tubs that looks "bad" according to my wife. They need to fit in the Hemnes bookcase and look good, while also working for me so I can find things quickly and easily. I don't want to have to play tetris to put my stuff away or take it out.

Does anyone have any ideas? Most of the stuff they have at IKEA to go on these shelves are flimsy cardboard boxes that wouldn't work with the weight of the dwarvenite or are big woven basket things that are too shallow and too expensive. And the 1' cubes for their Kallax units are too big for the shelves, before anyone mentions those. :)

Space on each shelf is 10.5" x 33.5" x 11.5".

Here's what it currently looks like; all of my prepainted minis are on the right in those flimsy cardboard boxes I mentioned. :) (Sorry things were a mess when I took my pictures) As you can see by the tote bag and Priority Mail boxes, I haven't figured out a solution yet. :P
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