I recently purchased a Akro-Mils cabinet model 10164
and a model 10144:
These are for the electronics workbench I’ve been working on all summer. I started moving in a few weeks ago and so started moving parts from all my little storage boxes scattered through the house.
Even though I purchased enough cabinets for over 140 little bins I’m seeing that I need to put dividers in the bins. I have way more parts than I thought.
The cabinets include a few dividers on their backs. I think maybe 8 total. Pretty slim pickings for a cabinet with as many as 64 bins in it.
I checked out amazon and sure enough you can buy dividers, but they are $11.35 for 16 dividers. Maybe I’m cheap (OK I know I’m cheap), but that’s just ridiculous. To get enough dividers for 64 bins, I’ll pay twice as much as the cabinet.
After Some quick research, I found someone has posted the 3D model for a divider on thingiverse:
Cool idea, but in reality, to print 32+ dividers will take a long time and isn’t really going to be all that cheap.
I started thinking about finding some plastic to cut down. I went through my piles of scrap material looking for a sign that I purchased last summer for material. Rats, I must have tossed the scrap! I was about to make a task in DejaOffice to buy a plastic sign from the local DIY store when I noticed an old electric gate warning sign sitting at the back of the work bench that I haven’t installed in 9 years. Perfect!
The sign I used looks like this:
It measured about 10×12″ and is 1/16″ thick made of a stiff plastic.
I laid out a grid of 1×1-7/8″ rectangles on the box. If you want the divider to go to the very top of the bin, measure out 1.5″x1-7/8″. I don’t them that big, but I wanted a lot of them.
Once the grid is laid out, I scored each line 5 times with a utility knife. I was then able to snap each divider off perfect.
I ended up with roughly 50 dividers for free. Had I had to buy a sign I guess I would have paid around $5.