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#1101 firecloud

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 06:43 AM

 henrysunset, on 01 September 2014 - 06:24 AM, said:

I really like the Akro Mils drawers, but no matter what system you use, I've created a set of labels you can print-at-home on waterproof labels.  

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LINK: http://tomalphin.com...-your-lego.html


Take a look and see if they will work for you!  


I use these labels on 3 Akro-Mils modules for my all-white Architecture brick collection (2x 44 drawer modules and 1x 64 drawer module).  I also have 8 drawers upstairs which are used to store my larger all-color collection which is sorted by Part ID rather than color.
The storage system looks great. Do you have the dimensions?

#1102 Erathor Pridenar of Loreos

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 05:15 PM

I have recently got a decent metal cabinet, in which I can store most of my bricks and on which I can display my MOCs. I use quite a few small boxes, as well as PaB cups, to store the bulk of my bricks, but I also have a couple of large boxes for more generic ones.

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Posted 02 October 2014 - 07:32 AM

View Postfirecloud, on 20 September 2014 - 06:43 AM, said:

The storage system looks great. Do you have the dimensions?

Whether it's the 24, 44 or 64 drawer model, the Akro cabinets are 20 inches (wide) x 15.8 inches (tall) x 6.4 inches (deep).  They are stackable which is really convenient:
  • The larger drawers are 4-3/8-Inch (wide) x 2-Inch (tall) x 5-1/4-Inch (deep)
  • The smaller drawers are 2-1/8-inch (wide) x 1-1/2-inch (tall)  x 5-1/4-inch (deep)
‚ÄčAkro drawers are highly recommended, and they are pretty cost effective at Amazon or other stores.  Links to the bins and the compatible Brother printer on my website at: http://tomalphin.com/bricklabels

Enjoy!
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#1104 KeepLeft

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 09:34 PM

I used to use box tops from A4 boxes and had my Lego town on a dining room table, though I got frustrated at the limited dimensions so I decided to make my own specialised Lego table top and storage all in one. I made two boxes from mdf and painted them in Lego colours, one yellow and the other green on the inside. I still am planning to make a top which will be placed on top of the two boxes measuring around 1m by 3m. The Lego I keep in plastic tubs which can be stored in the boxes.

I dislike sorting and so tend to have many different pieces mixed in one box. I stick to sorting by basic colours for bricks and have smaller boxes for other specialised pieces (eg flat, sloped, wheels, windows etc). The plastic boxes are great as they are see through which allows me to see which box I need.

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 08:05 PM

View PostMowikan, on 10 July 2014 - 09:08 AM, said:

I use to have different kinds of storage.  Now i only use Raaco. There expensive but good and have always the same dimensions and you can always buy new inserts. Posted Image

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Gerry nice the blue parts of the cabinets are the plasticky or steel ,can you post a pic of your complete storage (the whole room) ?

#1106 Hawkman

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 09:05 PM

I used to have plastic containers that were adjustable with individual compartments, but I've now reached the point where the compartments are not specific enough. I basically have too many weird bricks.

My solution is to be less picky and I have each color dumped into two large bins. One for small bricks, less than 1x3. The other for everything else. I still keep baseplates separate, though - anything 4x4 or larger gets kept out.

Edited by Hawkman, 24 October 2014 - 09:06 PM.

I used to be a Lego Maniac, then I took a 1x4 brick in the knee.

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 09:54 PM

^That's a good idea. I think sorting depends on how someone builds. I tend to get inspired when looking through individual color tubs I have. I'll find other pieces of the same color that I could use or other things I didn't think of originally that I could find a use for.

It isn't organized build and maybe that's why it takes me a while to do anything, but it's how my mind works.

If everything was perfectly sorted, I'm sure I could adapt to it, but I think I need some clutter to stay focused as counter-productive as that sounds.
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Posted 25 October 2014 - 04:06 AM

I've camped in the lair this weekend to revise/update/tweak my sorting system.

The method I put into place is working, but just some of it needs refining as the collection of loose grows and grows. Some things i have decided to merge, other things have been separated or re-arranged.

I swear half of this hobby is sorting... to fulfil the OCD within all of us :wacko:
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#1109 Andy D

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 05:09 AM

View Postglendo, on 25 October 2014 - 04:06 AM, said:


I swear half of this hobby is sorting... to fulfil the OCD within all of us :wacko:

Only half?  ;)

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 08:42 AM

Im starting to think most of us here could swap lego with marbles or coloured beads, and we'd still feel fulfilled with sorting.
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Posted 26 October 2014 - 01:04 AM

View Postglendo, on 25 October 2014 - 08:42 AM, said:

Im starting to think most of us here could swap lego with marbles or coloured beads, and we'd still feel fulfilled with sorting.

I'm not sure about this. I do believe that at least half the LEGO. Hobby is sorting, but the other half (or whatever is left) is all about building things with these little plastic bricks.  I don't really see myself building things with colored beads or marbles.

I may complain (a little) about sorting but sometimes sorting is relaxing and I do find parts I forgot about and I do like to build and I would not trade my bricks for marbles, beads or whatever.

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Edited by Andy D, 26 October 2014 - 01:06 AM.

Less spending, more building is my plan for 2012!
Get organized and build more is my plan for 2013!
Just build more is my plan for 2014! (Good luck with that!)
Neatness counts!
Let's go sorting

#1112 tomdobs55

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 05:23 AM

I find sorting to be one of the most soothing aspects of my life lately...now storage, that's a whole other issue I can't seem to tackle very well!
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Posted 26 October 2014 - 05:58 AM

View Posttomdobs55, on 26 October 2014 - 05:23 AM, said:

I find sorting to be one of the most soothing aspects of my life lately...now storage, that's a whole other issue I can't seem to tackle very well!

I know exactly what you are talking about! they are two completely different problems :wink:
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Posted 26 October 2014 - 05:13 PM

View Postglendo, on 26 October 2014 - 05:58 AM, said:



I know exactly what you are talking about! they are two completely different problems :wink:

Sorting is easy... It just takes time... I agree that storage is more difficult. I have a pretty good storage system, yet it is continually evolving.  Just putting pieces away is one thing, remembering what I have and where it is another problem all together.

My storage has evolved to using Sterelite 15 quart bins with either freezer baggies (1 qt. and 1 gal) and or Glad entree storage containers.  I also use Plano boxes for mini figs and small decorator pieces.  I am trying to integrate some Akron Mills cabinets (which I already have from a previous attempt) into my storage system.

For labeling I plan to use the labels from templates so generously provided by EB member henrysunset either as direct labels or as inventory type sheets in my Sterelite boxes.

At this time I am not sure my storage solution will ever be complete.

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Less spending, more building is my plan for 2012!
Get organized and build more is my plan for 2013!
Just build more is my plan for 2014! (Good luck with that!)
Neatness counts!
Let's go sorting

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Posted 28 October 2014 - 01:15 PM

View PostAndy D, on 26 October 2014 - 05:13 PM, said:


At this time I am not sure my storage solution will ever be complete.

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The storage solution can only ever be complete once your Lego collection is complete ... and when is that ever likely?  :laugh:



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