Revisiting My Resistor Organization

My supply of resistors (and diodes) has grown over the last year. The previous solution worked well, although the screw tops were a pain. I’d been doubling up some containers if the values were close enough, but had run out of cylinders, so starting chucking parts into the box.

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It went to Jo-Ann Fabrics again and was planning to buy another set of the cylinders, but they were either out of stock or don’t carry them anymore. So I found some organizers made for thread which don’t have adjustable compartments like a lot of these things. That was important because I don’t want the parts jumping compartments. The size looked good for the length of the resistors too, even if they had to be angled to fit. The cardboard label cards will make it easy to shuffle things around, compared to sticker labels, if I get a new resistor value.

I think it’s a nice improvement and will save time when I go digging for a resistor. I’m sure I can find a use for the cylinder organizer in my workshop, maybe for small screws.

Electronics by Number

I’ve been trying to think of a good way to organize my 100+ resistors. After getting a cheap 1,000 piece ceramic capacitor kit, finding a better way to organize things became a priority. At the local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft I found these bead storage systems, which contain individual cylinders with screw tops. They work great and there were enough spares that I’m able to store diodes and transistors as well.

Are you wondering why the order of the small canisters isn’t entirely sequential? When there are 3 digits in the marking on a small capacitor, the last digit represents how many zeros to add. For example 104 would be 10 followed by 4 zeros, signifying a capacitance of 100,000 picofarads (0.1 microfarad). Therefore 104 is larger than 683 (68,000).