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Storage Solutions: Small Parts Bins

Updated: Oct 6, 2020

In this series we're going to discuss the various types of storage solutions that can be found at local and major retailers throughout the US. This is a weekly upload series, so sign-up for notifications if you'd like to follow along every week with new solutions for storing your bricks!

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Craftsman Bin System 30-Compartment Plastic Small Parts Organizer

Today, we're going to discuss the Craftsman Bin System 30-Compartment Plastic Small Parts Organizer, which can be found at online and in-store at Lowes.

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Specifications

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Product Height: 8.775 in.


Product Depth: 6.045 in.


Product Width: 14.235 in.


Cost (USD): $18.99


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Features

The key feature that sets this storage bin apart from other brands, is the presence of divider slots inside the individual slide-out bins.


As you can see from the image to the right, the slots are spaced approximately 2" apart, which allows you to store 3 separate elements within the same bin. In essence, each 30 compartment bin can hold a variety of up to 90 individual elements, which can really help to store vast quantities of small parts.


I mainly use these bins for storing cheese slopes, various-sized tiles, 1 x 1 round plates, small plant elements, and anything else that's small and comes in a variety of colors.


Another nice feature is that these bins have slots that will allow you to easily stack them one on top of the other and they also have 4 standard screw or nail slots in the back, which will allow these to be wall-mounted if you choose.


Capacity

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It's always difficult to tell how much of a particular piece will fit inside of a given storage bin just by looking at pictures and specifications, so I've gone ahead and broken down for you below what the capacity of each of these bins' slots will be capable of holding!

  • One Compartment

  • Slope 30 1 x 1 x 2/3 (cheese slope) — x115

  • Tile 1 x 1 with Groove (3070) — x200

  • Tile 1 x 4 (2431) — x75

  • Tile 1 x 6 (6636) — x50

  • Two Compartments

  • Slope 30 1 x 1 x 2/3 (cheese slope) — x230

  • Tile 1 x 1 with Groove (3070) — x400

  • Tile 1 x 4 (2431) — x150

  • Tile 1 x 6 (6636) — x100

  • Three Compartments

  • Slope 30 1 x 1 x 2/3 (cheese slope) — x345

  • Tile 1 x 1 with Groove (3070) — x600

  • Tile 1 x 4 (2431) — x225

  • Tile 1 x 6 (6636) — x150

Bin Dividers

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Interestingly enough, these storage bins do not come with the bin dividers, so I've had some 3D in partnership with Maker Portal Llc. If you have a project you'd like done with 3D printing, but lack the equipment or know-how, reach out to Maker Portal for custom 3D printing!


You can watch a time-lapse of how the 3D printing process worked for these bin dividers and if you'd like to order some for yourself visit our shop!

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Next Week . . .

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Catch our next article in the series next week titled Storage Solutions: Tilt Bins Part II, where we're going to look at another style of Tilt Bins that hold a higher capacity, and are better suited for larger parts storage. Lego lego lego lego lego lego lego lego lego lego lego lego lego lego lego lego lego lego lego lego Don't forget to Subscribe below to get notifications whenever new articles are posted!

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