My LegoŽ Bricks
A problem for all of you with LOTS of blocks!
This is NOT an
official Lego site
Tiring of your old system? Like many of
you, storing and finding your Lego bricks gets to be an
increasing problem as your collection grows. While I did
not take "before" pictures of my "mess"
in the rec room, I have located several old pictures that
show some of the clutter and the array of different
containers I used to store bricks in. Projects were
occasionally delayed while I searched through box after
box and cannister after cannister, looking for a part!
The old green Sears pingpong table was sagging from age
and the weight of increasingly large castles, making
building more problematic. Something had to give.
bins and old
drug sample containers
& a pipe tobacco container
of all sizes...
in cabinets &
an old wardrobe!
Then the time finally came to redo the basement. Seredipitously,
our 26 year old basement was due to be redone. My wife
Judy said "Since you persist in spending much of
your spare time in the basement building your castles,
why don't we redecorate with your hobby in mind."
Needless to say, I was both flabbergasted and delighted
with the opportunity. I immediately began the redesign,
with the computer to be moved from the playroom to the
larger rec room. Boxes and stacks of plans and hundreds
of photographs would need filing space.
basement rec room
with years of junk.
table and cabinetry.
playroom with bar
and old kitchen table.
truly in the playroom
Out with the old...and in with the new! We
pretty much wiped the slate clean, not only in the
recreation room, but in the playroom, laundry/sewing room
and 1/2 bath as well. The dark oak cabinets and shelves,
with its fold-down slot car track was torn out. Out went
the carpet (which was dark and hard to see Lego bricks on),
wallpaper, wainscoating, etc. Two Tiffany hanging lamps
were replaced by three fluorescent "clouds".
The oak bar was covered in 15" square Lego bases,
for continuity as well as Lego art possibilities.
was gutted & readied.
|So was the
for our painter, Dave.
And how will I store my Legos? The big
problem was what to do with what I guessed were several
hundred thousand Lego bricks. I made requests on Lugnet
and rec.toys.lego for storage suggestions -- and received
a considerable number of responses from other Lego lovers,
including a picture taken at the MIT Media Lab [see right],
showing stacks of clear plastic storage bins! I went out
on the internet looking for such units and soon came
across Quantum Storage Systems in Miami, Florida [http://www.quantumstorage.com/quantum/tob5.htm].
Their tip-out bin units were 24" long and came in
various sizes. They recommended a Double Slider Frame to
be mounted on a Gondola made by Lozier Corporation [http://www.lozier.com/products_frames.htm].
They recommended a dealer in nearby Pekin, Illinois, and
then it was a matter of ordering and waiting anxiously
for everything to arrive.
brands) had floor units.
& 6' Wall
Brackets were available.
saw the Slider
Frame! 3-deep Lego storage!
Selecting the bins. The next problem
was to select the sizes of Quantum tip-out bins. I knew I
had eight 2' by 6' racks on which to afix the bins units,
but how many of each to buy...I measured the approximate
volume each of my hundreds of containers, calculating
about how many large bins I would need for voluminous
items versus smaller bins for rarer parts. The useful
sizes are seen below. I finally designed two storage
systems containing 419 separate tip-out bins. The QTB 302
was too heavy filled to be used on the Slider Frame.
There was a limit to the sizes of bin units on the back
and the middle slider, due to the depth of the whole
system and particularly the sliders, but the people at
Quantum helped with that.
& 306 for
& 304 for
210 bins, including the 309's.
close at 209 bins!
Setting up the storage system. The
Quantum bin units and Slider Frames came in ivory, white
and gray, and naturally the "gray" was the
logical "stone" color. The Gondola came in a
pretty gray called "silver", which went very
well. The Lozier Gondola came from Omaha, Nebraska, the
Slider Frames from Toronto, Canada and the dozens of
boxes of Quantum tip-out bin units came from Miami - a
real international effort. Once everything had arrived, I
laid out the Gondola and Slider Frames parts. Then my
spare time in the next couple of days was focused on
assembling the two units.
to the back panels.
filled with bins.
are bolted in place.
And everything just came together. Finally,
the storage system assembled, the Legos are brought out
of storage and the new Quantum units are filled! What fun.
Some old Lego boxes are retained for plates, bases,
horses and other parts not suitable for bins. Finally the
ponderous 3" thick table I had made arrives, 88"
long and 58" wide, with two leaves. Bookcases are
built around the computer corner for books, castle
guidebooks, notebooks, CD-ROMs, etc. Now its time to
start designing and building castles again!!
|Just a few
have a new home.
legal and flat
files fill the gap.
plate and bases
still fill the wardrobe.
a window is utilized.
is built to order.
0n which to build!
to 10 feet
for huge castles!!
for all my
castle books & guides...
behind the CD-ROMs.
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