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I have been remodeling my basement and slowly reorganizing my life. Has anyone found a cheap tool cabinet or other type of cabinet that is ideal for storing Flames of War minis? If so share a pick and where you bought it.


Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:59 am
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All my minis get magnets. I buy flat craft boxes at Michaels (like Hobby Lobby) and glue a metal sheet in each of them(metal duct sheets). A nice label goes on the outside and they stack nicely on shelves. For tournaments I have a flat wooden box with a painted lid. The inside has a metal sheet then everything comes out and gets placed on the painted top for display.


Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:09 pm
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I use these:

http://www.durhammfg.com/item.html?id=989

I usually buy them in bulk for just about $20 each. They are steel and all of my minis are magnetized. I store infantry, artillery, and plastic tanks hanging upside down from the lid. Resin/Metal tanks go on the bottom. They are more than big enough for a standard tournament force and the models in my sit securely on the top of the box during tournaments.

They stack well for storage and I put a magnetic strip with what's inside on so I can tells what's in what box on the shelf.

Really the most convenient way I've found to store and move my collection with minimal shuffling of models. I played a game last night with my Irish Guards. I just pulled out the Irish Guards box and headed to the LGS.


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Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:30 am
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That is a cool idea. Thank you for sharing.


Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:13 am
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I have a lot of those 3 drawer plastic Sterlite units you cna get at places like Wal-Mart. I line the drawers with shelf paper to keep models from sliding around. They work great!


Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:52 am
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what do you use for the magnets though? A giant sheet that you then cut? and if so, where do you get that?

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Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:52 am
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I tried magnet sheet tape for 6mm Team Yankee, but ultimately found I didn't like it. The problem is that magnetic sheet has strips of alternating polarity. That means the bases stick together easily: put two tanks next to each other and they may jump up to join bases! Maybe this is not a problem with heavier 15mm models.

For 40k, I use rare earth magnets stuck into the bases to stick them to the inside of a metal box. This is an incredibly robust method, surviving all kinds of flipping, dropping, and throwing, but makes use of the hollow space under a 40k base.


Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:24 am
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I use rare earth magnets on the heavy models like the older tanks. I get the magnets from a Lee Valley Tools around the corner but online would be just about as easy.

The new plastic tanks work great with button magnets from Michaels or Walmart.

For infantry I just use magnetic printer paper. For heavier gun teams I cut up fridge magnets which you can usually find for free at various events.


Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:34 pm
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I am looking more along the lines of a cabinet type storage. Almost like a tool cabinet but much cheaper. Something with thin drawers. I have not seen anything yet. Closes are expensive tool cabinets and antique map cabinets (too thin).


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Like a map cabinet?


Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:17 am
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I use 12"x12"x4" clear plastic crafting storage boxes. Have about 50-60 of them plus cardboard records boxes for terrain and odd items. No cabinet reasonably available would store all of them, so I simply took over my son's room when he moved out. :)

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Penrodius wrote:
I am looking more along the lines of a cabinet type storage. Almost like a tool cabinet but much cheaper. Something with thin drawers. I have not seen anything yet. Closes are expensive tool cabinets and antique map cabinets (too thin).


That is the holy grail for me. There are some options out there but they are in the hundreds (or more) of dollars. You can search flat file cabinets but they tend to be very deep (28") designed for architectural storage and a mint.

My Husky tool cabinets would work pretty good but I have them filled with terrain. They'd be better for 28mm figures.

After this thread started I took up a time and time again search. I found this which I am considering.

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http://www.houzz.com/photos/41914355/Ei ... g-cabinets

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I was also thinking something like this might not be too terrible.

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Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:38 pm
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Privatesnafu, you may have found what I have been searching for! I need something that goes with the decor. Having several children most of the closet space in my home is filled. Having plastic storage bins out in the open would bug me. But that wood dresser/cabinet is almost perfect. I am going to check it out...nice find!


Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:17 pm
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$640 is way too much..lol. It would be perfect though.


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I know, sorry, they are a mint.

What about a Husky?

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Think I'd need about 20 of those cabinets. Let's see 20 times $640 = OUCH!

Maybe V5 will be virtual reality and we won't have to worry about storage any more.

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Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:32 pm
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For a bit less ($465)you could get this one. I can't get the correct photo embedded here but the link will take you to an light oak version ($464) and an unfinished birch version ($412) that you could stain your self and save a few bucks. The white melamine one shown here is $283 but it sure is ugly.

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Still cost prohibitive for storage of minis, but a single one would be great for organizing modeling tools and supplies. Plus storage for multiple "works in progress."

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Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:11 pm
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I think the ideal solution is a flat file cabinet. I did research on them and they are almost perfect. They are fairly expensive but I am sure a used one will show up on Craigslist or at a local resale shop at some point. Another alternative would be a tool cabinet with lots of 2 or 3 inch high drawers. Thank you for the ideas and getting me pointed in the right direction.


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