Projects => How Do I? Beginner's Paradise. => Topic started by: adam193 on February 04, 2017, 08:53:16 AM

Title: Resistor organization.
Post by: adam193 on February 04, 2017, 08:53:16 AM
My first build is underway. (Boyc 5 knob compressor)

Wondering how people organize parts. Here's what I came up with for resistors:  (

How do you all organize a build?

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Title: Re: Resistor organization.
Post by: m-Kresol on February 04, 2017, 10:26:23 AM
I think that depends on how many builds you are planing on doing. once you're knee-deep i parts, a small parts drawer is a good investment. before that I stored the different kinds of parts in zip bags and had cardboard spacers with the value written on them in between. all that was going into a cardboard box to flip through the baggies.
I've seen people put small parts into baseball-card collecting thingies that you put in binders.

for single builds, I think your approach is pretty smart
Title: Re: Resistor organization.
Post by: dont-tase-me-bro on February 04, 2017, 12:03:44 PM
I keep everything in boxes, sorted by resistance. The bags from mouser are labeled and all the same size, which makes it easy
Title: Re: Resistor organization.
Post by: JackSkellington on February 05, 2017, 03:44:13 AM
I have all my stuff in a boxes, caps, transistor...
My resistors come from Tayda, their little bag are labeled.
I have no big space, and this is my method. I separated all these little bags, there are a lot, in two bigger bags labeled: "1R - 12k" and "15k - 10M", in increasing order.
In the end it is quite convenient for me.
Title: Re: Resistor organization.
Post by: bluescage on February 05, 2017, 03:45:08 AM
As I was planning to build more than 1 stompbox, I ordered a resistorkit with I think was 115 Value 1150 pieces 1/4W Metalfilm resistors from e-bay for $ 19.00 and stored them labeled in cheap boxes. In that way I had most values at hand.
Title: Re: Resistor organization.
Post by: devilsnight on February 05, 2017, 08:07:24 PM
I just pull one piece at a time out of the bin. Here is a fairly current picture of my bench, each item has its own bin. Even each build has its own bin if its a work in progress. Granted i've been doing this for some time, I came across a tin full of transistors the other night that I had packed away over 20 years ago! Assuming you have a little space and plan on doing this for awhile, small stack-on drawers work excellent.
Title: Re: Resistor organization.
Post by: selfdestroyer on February 06, 2017, 10:54:42 AM
That idea with the holes in the paper is a cool idea.

I use these: (

I have 6 of them for most of my parts. Since my work bench is high enough to stand at I just stand there and populate boards. It works for me.

Title: Re: Resistor organization.
Post by: stringsthings on February 07, 2017, 11:30:54 PM
That harbor freight organizer looks pretty nice.  I've got an ancient 20 drawer organizer that I don't use so much anymore.
A few years ago, I switched to these: (

I started out with 3 or 4 and now I'm up to 14.  I label the sides with a sharpie and store them on a shelf.
They fit real nicely.  The local Hobby Lobby has them for 50% off every once in a while.

Title: Re: Resistor organization.
Post by: pickdropper on February 08, 2017, 06:24:48 AM
They aren't cheap, but I really like the Bisley cabinets for parts storage:


They also sell drawer dividers that fit perfectly.