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Old 12-12-2008, 12:45 PM   #11
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Old 12-12-2008, 01:38 PM   #12
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Watch the sale flyers for wrapping paper storage tubs, they're great for covering. The clear ones will let you know what collours you have at a glance.

Engine boxes are ok for small bits, but put masking tape on the dark ones so you can write what's in them with a sharpie.

Rubbermaid margarine tubs (clear is better) will often hold all the fiddly bits for a complete airplane, minus the airframe. As you strip parts you intend to reuse from the rekitted aircraft you brought back from the field, put the screws in a pill bottle. Place in margarine tub with servos etc.

Fastest way to find a part you know you have in stock is to buy a new one.

Fastest way to find a use for that thing you've been storing for 20 years is to through it out. Within 2 weeks of tossing it in the bin, 10 uses will appear.
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Old 12-12-2008, 02:25 PM   #13
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my wife has one of those wrapping paper bins. that would be great.

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Old 12-12-2008, 03:29 PM   #14
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Bags inside bags inside boxes inside boxes!!

Banana boxes are great because they are very stackable and hold a heap. I use these for broad categories, like "electronics".

In my "electronics" box, you'll find a shoebox-sized box for servos, a box for receivers, a box for misc. electric parts (motors, esc's, etc). Inside, say, the "servos box" (they have to be labelled!) you'll find big ziploc bags with micro servos, different categories of servos, then inside those big bags, there might be a small ziploc just for HS-55s and servo arms for HS-55s, or something to that effect.

I can usually find what I'm looking for without too many swear words. The big pain is that my bench is so crowded because it is a chore to put everything away!

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I forgot to mention how I store plans and coverings until Redvan mentioned it.

Attached is a picture showing how I store them, I put slats across the basement ceiling beams and slide them in.

In the picture you will also notice the far wall has holes drilled into all the upright 2 X 4's 2 inches apart and I put dowels in the holes where needed and then I rest the wings on them. Under the wings is a board going across the uprights, I drill with holes to hang plane's tails on.

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I spread everything out on the building table until I can't see the table anymore. Then I go buy another table.
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Re: How do you keep all your hobby stuff organised??

I finally built myself a builing table and have 4 drawers. I use a general sort of label on all my drawers. One is for big parts(wheels, motors, props, etc). one is for electronics. One is for builing supplies(wires, glue, etc) and one drawer for covering and other long skinny things. Then I have a set of small clear drawers I bought from Can Tire for all my screws, horns and what not. At leased that's how it's suposed to be. In reality my stuff is all over and I can't blame the wife here.

I keep having the same mechanical problem. I've got a loose nut on the transmitter!

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Re: How do you keep all your hobby stuff organised??

I have a work bench in the basement ( man land as mentioned above ). I use a 2' X 4' plywood board covered with cork, that's what the building happens on. When not in use it hangs from the ceiling, no damage and out of the way. I have a couple of those 12 or 16 small parts drawer cabinets on the wall above the workbench for screws, bolts, servo leads, and stuff. I bought a set of laundry room cabinets ( Wal mart ) and they are on the wall for bigger stuff, engines, radio equip, paint, epoxy and stuff. My wood and scraps are in an old aircraft kit box. The flight box is at my feet so I can use the tools from it as well. Plans are rolled and stored overhead.
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Love this thread ............. really great...........

This is what I have learnt :

I have owned a tool chest at work for most of my life , I really do not know if it is organized , but I know where everything is , there is NO-WAY , that I could use someone elses tool box . I do not believe that there is any right way or way way ........... each to his or her own . That tool box is an extention of ourselves , its me

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Old 12-12-2008, 08:19 PM   #20
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Re: How do you keep all your hobby stuff organised??

The key also is to throw out junk periodically so that it doesn't bury the stuff that you might actually be looking for...

I have tools hung up on peg boards (most of the time....)

I use the removable tray out of a tool box to keep odds and ends of wires, linkages, brass tubing, etc.

I use a long skinny tray for misc nuts and makes it reasonably easy to fish through to find that other 5/16" washer that I need..

I have one of the rolling plastic drawer thingies for engines in temporary storage, paperwork, manuals, etc, and another one has an organizing tray that I keep hinges, control horns, wheel bushings, etc etc in...

The plastic Hitec servo boxes are great for storing servo screws, as well as servo hardware

Rolls of covering, plans etc go in old kit boxes, as does odds and ends of balsa

Airplanes, well, they are hung wherever there is space and they won't get damaged...high is good.

I don't claim to be super organized - far from it! But I have found that having a place for everything, makes life so much easier.
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