On Fri, 16 Sep 2011 15:01:09 +0000 (UTC), HerHusband
That'll work. Or try inlaying pieces of whiteboard so you can mark
your bins and easily erase it. I like your magnetic idea, though.
Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice.
-- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
If you are into magnetism, you can buy a pack of "magnetic printer
paper" at the office supply place. This stuff is about as thick as a
business card or maybe a little thicker. It was apparently designed
to print pictures on to have an instant refrigerator picture. My son
sent me some and my wife loves it. But you would have to use an inkjet
of some sort instead of a laser-jet.
The business card magnets are basically the same stuff, just cut to the
size of business cards with adhesive on one side. I print my label on a
sheet of paper (laser or inkjet works fine), then peel the strip off the
magnet and stick my paper to it. Cut to size and I have a perfectly sized
I prefer printing with the laser as the inkjet labels tend to run if my
fingers are wet (I ditched the inkjet a few years ago anyway).
I've actually used tape-and-Sharpie a lot (the frosty
tape is easiest to remove), but for a visible label
it's hard to beat laserprinted black on white paper,
then stick it up with double-sticky tape.
Or cover with a strip of clear packaging tape (beware
this may harm paint and age badly).
If you can laser-print onto card stock, so much the better.
Label each cabinet with letter or number or give the cabinet a name.
Then create a text document on your computer with an appropriately sizes
Then list the contents of the cabinet, one page per cabinet.
To get real fancy, create a table with a row for each shelf in the
cabinet and list the contents of this shelf. As someone else suggested
take a photo of the interior and include on the page.
Print the page and tape it to the door of the cabinet.
Then when you move things around it will be a simple matter to edit
the appropriate pages with the changes.
On 9/16/2011 11:01 AM, HerHusband wrote:
Address labels (33 to a sheet) with removable adhesive. These are often used
as price labels for books and the like (that may be given as a gift).
You'll probably have to order them. Staples et al have the same labels with
permanent adhesive, but your best bet is the removable type. You CAN remove
permanent labels if you know the secret: Heat gun or Rubber Cement Thinner
(shhh! don't tell anyone)
We do have uses for the permanent labels. Our bookkeeper has about 150 file
folders for each year. Once put into MS Word, all I have to do is a global
replace on the date (2011 => 2012) and she has a new set.
Hmm... That might be an idea worth looking into.
I do wonder how well they would hold up over time though (would the
adhesive become "permanent" after a few years stuck to the cabinet?).
Thanks for the suggestion!
On Sat, 17 Sep 2011 00:15:18 +0000 (UTC), HerHusband
They work well enough and they're cheap. I use them on my small parts
cabinets. If you're just writing on them with a pen, then it fades
over a few years. I'd suggest printing on them with bolded text and
use a labelling program from one of the popular word processors.
Either that or a marker of some type.
I use my color laser printer and whatever label size looks decent for the
application. Easy to read from a distance too. I don't care for magnetics
because I tend to "bounce" things too hard and a lot of them aren't metal
drawers, slides, etc..
I have a color laser also, but regular black text on white labels seems to
be the most readable.
As for the magnetic business cards, they have an adhesive on one side. I
can use that to stick the magnet to anything non-metallic, then my magnetic
label sticks to that magnet. I use this method on parts boxes that get
tossed in the back of the car, slid and bumped around, etc. I have never
had one of the magnetic labels fall off or shift, and yet I can easily take
it off if needed.
You may be able to make your own removable card holders without too much
difficulty. There will be 3 pieces, each with a small rabbet in one
corner. There will be two side pieces and one bottom piece, which will
allow you to make the rabbet in one go at the TS or jointer.
Glue to the draw front and add a couple brads until the glue dries.
Were I doing this, I would make the rabbet first then cut and plane the
pieces to size and finally cut to length. If you want to get fancy, you
can miter the corners or do some other interesting corner treatment.
Not tat tis is a great solution for you, but one I tried and liked for
boxes that hold individual tools.
I build the box, place the tool inside, ten take a picture of it all
nice and nestled where I want it. Then, I print the picture out and
glue it to the outside of the box - coat with sealer. Never have to
guess what's in it then!
Most of the fun of finding a tool is pulling out each drawer to see
One of the mysteries of life is looking for a tool unsuccessfully one
time, then when looking for another tool another time, finding the one
you couldn't find the last time.
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