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Project Ideas, Hmm... #1: USB Stick Caddy

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 01-25-2016 05:56 PM 729 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m creating this series to help record and mull over ideas for future projects. As usual, input, comments and questions are welcome. It might be interesting to see how many of these eventually become projects.

I have my share of those USB memory sticks. There are two places that I keep them, my night stand drawer and on the end table where I keep my laptop. I keep thinking that there ought to be something that I could make to hold all these USB sticks so that they don’t get lost. One problem is that they vary in size and design, anything from the size of a AA battery to a Bic lighter (and larger in any of the 3 dimensions).

Since the idea is to keep the sticks at hand, anything with a drawer or a lid might be out of the running, except if ultimate neatness is the true necessity. I also want to keep them separated because piling them in a box just adds to the difficulty of finding the one you need.

So far I’m considering something like this:

[EDIT] I grabbed the picture above from the internet. I have in no way put tool to wood regarding this idea.

OK, so here’s another tack on this problem: A picture cube where the empty interior is divided for this purpose. A lid could then be added when ultimate neatness is required. Hmm… keep thinking… Better idea will come!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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SirGareth

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#1 posted 01-25-2016 11:10 PM

An interesting idea, Dave. I have thumb drives, sd cards and adapters in my computer desk drawer. Having a drawer insert to hold these devices at the ready, but without cluttering up my desk top would be ideal.

-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

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#2 posted 01-26-2016 12:45 AM

I too suffer from a similar issue working with a multitude of USB stick drives, adapters and external hard drives at work. Maybe inset one of the USB hub strips you can find cheap online? Then you could plug them in vertical and they would be secure and easy to grab.

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#3 posted 01-26-2016 01:59 AM



I too suffer from a similar issue working with a multitude of USB stick drives, adapters and external hard drives at work. Maybe inset one of the USB hub strips you can find cheap online? Then you could plug them in vertical and they would be secure and easy to grab.

- CJC716

The only issue I can see with ‘plugging them in’ is that some USB drives have a removable cap instead of being retractable. I’ve seen some that are little dolls or animals. That’s why I was thinking towards the ‘pigeon hole’ approach.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 01-26-2016 02:10 AM

Very good point. I usually lose the caps for those before the end of the first day so that never crossed my mind. This is quite the impending rabbit hole of design challenges for sure.

I like the ‘pigeon hole’ design but I know one issue I have always had using round containers for various Thumb Drives and SD readers is that when i have to pull 1 out I always snag a odd-shaped one also on the way out and it drops of me desk or I need the card reader that has sunk to the bottom. This may be a personal dilemma but just a thought.

I will be following your design process for sure though.

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