Which are nowhere near as nice, but they're $5 each instead of $50, and I don't have Adam Savage Bux.
I've got a number of them, and I'm looking for a way to make (or buy for not much money) a shelf to hold them like those shelves of Adam's.
I realized that the HF boxes fit quite nicely into surplus 19" racks, which are pretty readily available second hand and so that's the direction I went as it was very fast and easy.
I also bought a few for the kids' Lego, but I use most of them for electronic components, mechanical components, screws, nuts, etc. I've inadvertently knocked over closed bins a few times without spillage (similar to the demo in Adam's Sortimo video).
I suspect this is a another case of more than 80% as good for less than 20% of the cost.
Thanks, I’ll look into those!
> I suspect this is a another case of more than 80% as good for less than 20% of the cost.
Like the fact that most of my lego are actually lepin, a Chinese knockoff? :-)
Is this the right product? The link says they're 16.5" wide.
I'm on my way home from re:Invent at the moment, but will put a tape measure on it when I get home. The 19" dimension on server racks is not the inside clearance, but includes the rack "ears" dimension, so 16.5" wide to fit inside the clearance between 19" rails sounds like it's probably the right thing. Shoot me an email (in my profile) if you need any pics or other confirmation.
 A Cheaper Alternative to Sortimo Sorting Bins [ http://www.briansbenham.com/a-cheaper-alternative-to-sortimo... ]
Also, in this article it seems Sortimo is kind of hard to order: http://kk.org/cooltools/sortimo/
I hope to hear the same noise when our grandkids get their Lego collections going. At present their strategy seems to be to spread the pieces out on the floor. Step carefully!
 'pawing' is not really the right word as it implies an animal movement. It was really a careful noisy search.
This means that when the kids want to play, you can lift the entire collection out of the bucket with the sheet, then lay the sheet on the floor.
When they're finished, you pick the sheet up by the corners, and place the thing back into the box. We rarely had orphan parts flying around the house because the sheet both gave the kids a defined "play" area, as well as a much more convenient way to handle a large amount of bricks.
As a father of a few children with multiple bins of lego, thank you.
I don't know if Lego is getting weaker, or if they just have more elaborate shapes nowadays but when I was a kid back in the 80s I can't remember ever having a broken piece of Lego. Maybe from stepping on one, but not just by sifting through parts. With the tubs approach recently we've had a few twisted or even snapped parts. The 1x1 c-grips collapse, 1x1 "cheeses" snap in half, and that Lego wheel arch... just seeing one of these get flung around in the Lego-soup makes me nervous.
I bought a few small drawers and a compartmentalized case, all designed for sewing parts, to keep the smaller and more fragile parts in and we separated stuff out as we assembled. It makes the whole thing a lot more fun having it even just a bit sorted like that, without going crazy into organization.
Yes, the new Lego is definitely more brittle than than the old, and also less capable of dealing with tensile stress. I have a couple of examples of very recent bricks that spontaneously broke along a side wall simply by being stacked on other bricks.
The first formulation (Cellulose-Acetate) tends to deform and warp, the first generation ABS bricks are as good as indestructible unless you use main force.
At the moment Lego produces both in Denmark and in various locations around the world and there is a real difference in quality between batches from different locations.
You can also tell by holding up bricks to the light, the more transparent ones (relative to other bricks of the same density and color, best to test with yellow, white and red) are the weaker ones.
I think that's also why, despite my best attempts, I never got into any of the computer Lego modelling tools; some of the fun was lost for me when I could select any piece on demand.
I make Lego (murals?, mandalas?, dioramas?) art and I am sure when I lived in my studio apartment my slushing around in my mess of parts was a joy to my neighbor on the other side of the wall...
I don't have many legos, but I do have a lot of surface-mount components and a decent number of through-hole ones.
Right now I like AideTek's 'Box-All's for the SMD parts, and thread organizers or card sleeves for the through-hole ones. But I don't have a great system and could always use new ideas!
And it seems like Lego bricks share a lot with circuit parts; there are a fair number of very common standardized packages/functions, but also a big long-tail of specialized bits and bobs.
I went to the LEGO store and raided their pick a brick wall. He'll be getting lots pieces that are hinged, wings for transforming planes, and tons of small plates for decoration. I think he's going to like it.
Fundamentally, as a child Lego builder all bricks should be in use at all times as part of an existing construction.
Therefore if you are going to build a Saturn V rocket then you demolish the black and white houses in the townscape to make the rocket. Existing models are de-facto storage, if you also need a new car and there is no windscreen then maybe another car becomes an open top sports car. There is no receptacle labelled as 'windscreens' with the Lego part number.
In this mode all inventory is in memory, sure there is a lot of scrabbling around but that's Lego.
The other benefit of the suitcase is that it is lined and therefore good for scrabbling. Plus there are pockets for a few special pieces.
So collect an old suitcase as well as the Lego bricks whilst you are there. In practice the suitcase works well for moving play from room to room, plus, once closed, the suitcase can tuck under a bed or coffee table.