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I was going to wait until I cleaned my garage before I took these photos, but based on past history it is going to be a while. I'm not a collector in the sense that I want all the really old stuff. I just want to collect all the 2D/3D stamps, 2d/3d stamp sets, alphabet sets, handle stamp sets and a bunch of zodiac stamp sets. It all started by my desire to have a huge selection of stamp option available for the Scout and other Youth Groups I was doing classes for. After a while I decided that the kids were too "careless" with the stamps so I started to separate my tools from the tools I used for the kid classes. But I got tired of going through the stacks of boxes to find the stamp I was looking for. This is my current solution. They call this kind of cabinet a lot of different names. Blueprint Cabinet, Map Cabinet, Art Drawers, flat file cabinet, etc. I picked up these three 5-drawer cabinets from craigslist for $200. They came with a custom made, very heavy duty and UGLY wheeled cart. I actually like mismatched colors of the cabinets. All the 2d/3d stamps are in numerical order by manufacturer. I even left spaces for stamps that were not made or I do not have yet. So ideally, each box contains 25 stamps each. The stamps that are in the space usually used for the stamp handle, are stamps that have duplicate numbers. I am in the process of creating a database of stamps that I can sort by category like Western, Sports, Native American, etc... That way I can print photos of the category and select a stamp from it, instead of looking through all the boxes to decide on a stamp image. Yes, I am anal retentive. I was an accountant. The alphabet sets are sorted by font with the larger sets in the rear and smaller sets up front. I think I have all of the alphabets sets, except a Russian set I saw online but can't seem to find anywhere to buy. I also think there is a 3/8" and 1/2" Old English Alphabet and Number sets but am not sure. I have a lot of mallets with more on the bench. I have to sort through them but they do get used when my kid's friends come over and want to do some stamping. There is a drawer that contains the Handle Stamp sets and Zodiac sets. I think I have all the Handle Stamp Sets and there is 10 different zodiac sets. Both traditional and Chinese sets. I am missing one stamp from one of the sets (the black ones in the bottom right of the photo) and will have to get it made. The drawer that contains the 2d/3d stamp sets is complete (I believe) and also includes the smaller, individual stamps that Tandy currently sells. There is another drawer that has most of the other tools in it, i.e. setters, cutting tools, edgers, etc... But I chose not to show it until it is organized. I'd show my workbench, but I can't get to it at the moment. The rest of my tools will eventually make their way to the cabinet to the right of this one. Most of the tools I have are the rather inexpensive varieties by Tandy, Midas, Barontool, Basic tools, etc.. and most were purchased on ebay, craigslist and other sites that sell used tools. With few exceptions, any of the high-end tools and stamps I ended up with, I have re-sold to help pay for the 2 sets of tools that I use for the classes. I already know what you are thinking. I have way more than I need. And to tell you the truth, way more tools than my skill level. But I still have less than I want.
Sorry if this has been discussed before in a different section. I don't seem to be finding a lot of info. I've been searching for ideas on a DIY drying cabinet. Would like it to be long enough to handle belts and also roomy for holsters and other projects. Energy efficient too. I'm in the Midwest so solar may not work too well at least if the past few months of grey skys are any indication. I did see a few using incandescent lights, just looking for additional ideas (plastic container vs. wood, use insulation or don't, should have a fan to move air or not necessary, any extra ideas that you tried that worked or ended up not being worth it, etc.) before I move forward with the build. Pictures would be great if you have them. Thanks in advance.....