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#25905
Using flat files to store DF 7 Years, 2 Months ago  
So I've been searching high and low for a way to store my DF collection. My DF rarely (practically never) travels, so a 'permanent' solution is what I've been searching for (I do plan to keep the boxes for the rare travel/moving instances). Anyways, after going through several ideas (library card catalog, dressers with small drawers, oversized jewelry hutches) I finally found something I think will work, flat files. These are usually used for storing blueprints and other large sheets of paper that people don't want to fold. The ones I'm looking at are just a tad over 2 inches tall on the inside of the drawer (perfect height for a single layer of DF by my measurements).

Some examples of what I'm talking about:

metal - http://www.draftingequipment.com/DEW/products/filing/safco/safco_flat.htm

wood - http://www.ceannaritastreasures.com/837380.html

Unfortunately they're a bit expensive... and heavy (meaning even more $ for shipping). But I've found some used ones locally that I'm about to purchase (at a significantly reduced $ and cheap shipping). Unfortunately it's the metal ones rather than the attractive wooden ones, but I'd rather have a less attractive storage piece and be able to afford more DF :)

I just wanted to see if anyone has any experience with using these and can mention whether they've worked well for them. And also make sure others are aware of them in case someone else is looking for a solution.
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#25906
Using flat files to store DF 7 Years, 2 Months ago  
Those are beautiful Fiddy, but I would go with something plastic. All of the money that you save by using plastic storage for DF, can be used to buy more DF or minis! However, if you did get the metal ones' for a good price, those would be great too.
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#25907
Using flat files to store DF 7 Years, 2 Months ago  
Ah, yeah, those things. Those wooden ones would look pretty sweet in a dungeon-themed games room. Good idea!
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#25908
Using flat files to store DF 7 Years, 2 Months ago  
Dead, I've looked at plastic storage, but all the ones I've seen are not study enough for me to trust putting much DF into (I've broken a couple of plastic storage drawers just from storing WotC plastic minis). Also, the ones I've come across either have drawers that don't hold many pieces per drawer or require making several layers of DF in a single drawer (which I want to avoid).

But maybe I've been looking at the wrong things. If you've got a link to show me, fire away as I would be happy to find a cheaper alternative.
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#25909
Using flat files to store DF 7 Years, 2 Months ago  
I use storage boxes from a Japanese company called Muji. These boxes work just fine for me, but sometimes the pieces slide around and bump each other a bit, if you pull the shelves out too quickly. I like the optional wheels, so that I can move them around and clean underneath them. These boxes are very strong too. However, if you have a much larger collection then the big metal shelves may be better for you, because it might be just as expensive to buy a bunch of these. They are sold one shelf at a time, and can be stacked quite high and remain stable . These allow me to quicky deploy a dungeon, play a small game of star wars skirmish or something, and then put everything back very quickly. These are also good for storing plastic or metal painted minis, paints, DVD's, cd's ect.. I have several different sizes. I think that I posted the US website info on the DF thread linked below.

i143.photobucket.com/albums/r137/666Dungeoneer666/Storage3.jpg

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Also, I mentioned these in another DF thread when I was using the name Dungeoneer here:

www.dwarvenforge.com/dwarvenforums/viewtopic.php?id=1632
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