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#26251
Storage 6 Years, 11 Months ago  
So last weekend I finally got some a new storage solution for my DF. It's definitely not portable, but that wasn't on my list of priorities...

The drawers are 2 1/4" tall on the inside, so a perfect fit for a wall piece (or about 4 floor pieces stacked on each other). And with the width and depth of the drawers (about 2x3 ft.) you can fit several sets in a drawer (depending on the set makeup).

The black strip at the front of the drawers in the second image is a flap designed to hold down blueprints (to keep them from curling), but it looks to be pretty easy to remove if I need to.

The metal isn't the most attractive, but I got these used for about 1/3 what I would have had to pay for new wooden ones (counting shipping on both) or about 1/4 what I would have had to pay for new metal ones.

Anyways, just thought I'd share in case anyone else is looking for a non-portable solution to storing their DF.

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#26252
Storage 6 Years, 11 Months ago  
That would be SO much easier than boxes!
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#26253
Storage 6 Years, 11 Months ago  
Fiddy

Thanks for sharing. When I looked for my solution I contemplated similar drawers but never managed to find some of the right size. Seems the ones you found are exactly the perfect fit. Well - I got a solution by now and white metal wouldn't really fit into the room.

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#26254
Storage 6 Years, 11 Months ago  
Nice, so does the black strip take up space so you can't put anything there? These are very nice. what are they called? They look like they would be great for my Axis & Allies Miniatures game. Even the maps. Do the drawers come completely open or do you have to dig for the one's in the back. Do you have to watch out for the whole thing coming lose of are they permanent and cannot be taken out of the cabinet.
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#26255
Storage 6 Years, 11 Months ago  
That definitely looks cool. Efficient and organized!

But I have to ask: do you save the original boxes (say for transport or if you decide to resell the sets), or do you toss them?
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#26256
Storage 6 Years, 11 Months ago  
Harneloot: Yep, wife was getting a little irritated with all the boxes laying around, and I was getting irritated with putting everything back into the boxes. :)

Thod: The ones I have are actually more of a beige-ish color, but the flash of my camera kind of washed it out. But yeah, the metal isn't the most attractive (I wish I could have afforded the wooden ones I saw)

Whitewind: The black strip is only about 1/8" or so thick and it lays flat on the floor of the drawer (in that set of drawers at least), so I can put stuff on top of it if I choose (though it does appear that some of the taller wall pieces may push the limit). It looks like it should be pretty easy to remove completely though (which I may do when I've got some spare time). The cabinets are called 'flat files' usually, though I've also seen them listed as 'blueprint files' or 'plan files' (since that is what they are usually used to store). The drawers can come out entirely, but if you don't remove them, then you do need to dig a little to get to the items in back (which is why I put the items in the way I did, so if I need to get to the ones in back it's because I've used up all the ones in front). Also, most of these style of drawers seem to have an overhang on the back end of the drawer, so you may not be able to use the back couple of inches for storing wall pieces (your mileage may vary). The drawers have stops on them so that they can be easily slid 3/4 of the way out (without worrying about them falling out), then there's a bump a little further that lets you pull them out about 7/8 of the way and have them stay there (without them sliding in or out), and then past that you can remove them completely. (I might try to get an image to show what I'm talking about)

Purplesaber: I'm keeping the boxes for whenever I eventually move out, or for if I do come across a need to transport them somewhere. The boxes are great for protection when moving, but I just don't want to deal with them 95% of the time.
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#26257
Storage 6 Years, 11 Months ago  
Hi Fiddy -

What a great idea !!!! I have some that I use for drawings but never thought of them for storing DF !!! That's inspired !!!

If your flaps are at all like mine, they're held in place by a simple "Z" of metal rod on each side. The top "arm" into the horizontal "bar" of the flap and the bottom "arm" into the drawer frame. A little pressure and "pop" ... out they come.

Now you've got me thinking of other ways to store my drawings :)

- Mike
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#26258
Storage 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
Mike Myrthe -

Roll 'em; that's what mailing tubes are for!

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#26259
Storage 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
Hi Jim !

Actually, that's what I use for my smaller (fewer pages) sets. The 100+ sheet sets are just too thick to roll into a mailing tube. Although, I'm thinking I may use lengths of sono tube (the 10 - 12" "sleeves" that are used to pour concrete piers when building decks, etc). That, or just lay them under the bed ... I rarely access them ;-)

- Mike
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