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Project by greatview posted 03-31-2010 06:02 PM 3277 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In some cases, these old library card catalogs are cheap and make great storage. My wife found this a few years ago. I still have not filled all the drawers.

-- Tom, New London, NH

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#1 posted 03-31-2010 06:17 PM

Just last night I was watching a TV show from the mid 80s, with a scene in a library, and I wondered where all those old card catalog cases went. You know what I was thinking.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 03-31-2010 06:24 PM

yep lots of storage nomatter what hobby you have


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#3 posted 03-31-2010 06:26 PM

Very Cool Storage!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#4 posted 03-31-2010 07:33 PM

Where’d I put that philips screwdriver…was it the third row down and to over or two up from… Oh, here it is. lol!

Good luck filling that thing full.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#5 posted 03-31-2010 07:46 PM

Nice piece of shop furniture. Small drawers are handy in the shop. I prefer drawers over bins any day.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#6 posted 03-31-2010 08:16 PM

Kewl Idea.

I have been thinking how I can organize my screws and nails your system seems perfect to me.

Currently they are in the factory boxes they came in that say nails on them when the acually have screws.
Verry confusing. Some of them are in paper bags which I also dislike.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#7 posted 03-31-2010 10:15 PM

Looks like a great idea to me.

I’m not sure about the cheap part though. My wife was wanting an antique card catalog so I decided to buy one for Christmas. At least around here they were almost impossible to find and very expensive. I found one and bought it anyway—-after all, she buys me a lot of fantastic tools.


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#8 posted 03-31-2010 11:29 PM

What great find. I would love to come across one of those file systems. I also agree, drawers beat bins any day.

-- AJJ, Eugene OR

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#9 posted 04-01-2010 12:24 AM

Very Handy item to have Tom..
My wife tries to get rid of shop things, not acquire them for me!
You’re a lucky man!

-- Eric, central Florida

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#10 posted 04-01-2010 01:59 AM

I have a few small metal units in my shop, but the wood ones look much better.

-- Rick, Pa. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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#11 posted 04-01-2010 03:24 AM

These make great storage though not easy to come by. As it happens, there are 2 card catalogs on auction at the Univ. of WI Surplus With A Purpose (SWAP) site. I have provided the links below. Auction closes next week.

BTW: my only affiliation with SWAP is that it is a favorite place to shop.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#12 posted 04-01-2010 04:25 AM

Cool storage and reuse of a bygone era.
Yes, I could go into a tirade of technology over simplicity but I just can’t muster up the energy. Computer database of books in the library may actually be a place for the application of computer based technologies. Guess what I’m getting at is so often gadgets and gizmo’s are added to equipment or tasks that are only there because they can be there. I’ll stop rambling now, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#13 posted 04-01-2010 04:47 AM

I approve.

Yours sincerely,

Melville Dewey

-- -- Neil

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#14 posted 04-01-2010 04:51 AM


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#15 posted 04-01-2010 02:35 PM

Great Idea!!!!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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