Some tips to help you organise your electronic components
Author: DIY Guitar Pedals
Hey nice video. I am starting to build pedals but when I am prototyping I mess with a lot of components and then I dont know how to store them because the there is all kinds of resistors values and it sucks to measure their values one by one and store them… how can I solve this?
where do you get a racco caninet for 40 bucks? I can only find them for over 100! rsonline is 177 and mouser no longer has raaco. 🙁
I use the Raaco cabinets as well, very nice. Rather than cutting the drawer labels by hand, I found the 9mm label printer labels slot it nicely, and the one I was using could fix the width, so it was easy to do. Here’s my review:
This is really useful paul!
i like the older cabinets i think there ESD safe to.
Great setup & useful advice ! I’ve been storing my small components in plastic tray compartments / storage boxes… the cabinet/drawer system looks far better for components actually
great tip as always. unfortunatly due to my tiny appartment i had to improvise with a CD case. It works fine for resistors and small caps. OF course for low demand builders 😛
Where can I buy this stuff?
No Raaco here in the states 🙁
Hi, I have done something similar to organize DIY parts.
What I ended up doing was to print the labels on (very commonly used) 80g/m^2 paper, then use a sheet of 160g/m^2 paper which i taped to the 80g sheet with double sided tape for added thickness (as most consumer printers won’t print thick paper). Finally I used transparent packing tape over the whole sheet so it wont fudge easily from being touched by greasy fingertips etc. Lastly I used a knife to cut the labels. To get perfect sizing for the labels I used Excel and set up a grid with the dimensions for the labels.
It turned out way better than using a Dymo label printer and saved some pennies as the labels for the Raaco drawers are pretty expensive.
When I use drawer separators I use the Dymo inside the drawers for marking what’s in the compartment, say if I have M3 screws in 3 sizes, such as 8, 12 and 16 mm for example.
I buy those Raaco’s too, because they are cheap & good quality. Just beware if you are ordering from Element14, there are two listings for the same product, one is $60 and the other is $26! I’ve noticed that a bit with them, same product double-listed with different prices. This is the one you buy – http://au.element14.com/raaco/126762/cabinet-organiser-44compartment/dp/136709102. Btw thanks again Paul for your videos! 🙂
Thanks for showing the cabinet I’m off to buy one now due to your great review. I wish Raaco would do it in other colors a nice lilac or blue in the future.
Thank you very much. It was really useful and the timing couldn’t be any better because I’m thinking of buying cabinet for my components.