Clock Bushing Storage

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  1. sjaffe

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    At an estate sale I had the good fortune to purchase a large collection of KWM bushings. Each size was in an original KWM zip lock plastic bag. All the bags were mixed up in a box. I found a box that was about the same width as the bushing bags and arranged them vertically in order so that they could be located similar to a recipe box. It is not a complete set, so there are gaps in the bushing numbers. If I want to see if I have a particular size, I have to flip through to either find it (good!) or the sizes bracketing the one I wanted (bad).

    During a recent trip to San Francisco's Japan Town I found some very nice plastic containers made by a Japanese company called Sikiri. A web search made it appear these are only available in Japan and I could not find any on-line sources. I purchased several that had the most dividers which was 42. Each compartment is about an inch square and arranged 6x7. I was going to transfer the bushings from the envelopes to this container with each compartment labeled with the size so I could easily locate the size I needed. But then I was wondering if it would be better to keep the bushings in the zip lock bags to prevent tarnishing. Any inputs on which would be a better way to store them? Is there any value in them being in the original KWM zip locks?

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  2. Willie X

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    I prefer to use smaller boxes, with 8 to 12 related sizes in each box. A single row with a sliding top is nice. The main reason is that, sooner or later,
    you will 'spill your bushings' and it's not good to have all your eggs in one basket!

    These little fishing fly boxes are very nice.

    BTW, "spilling your bushings" is a clock repairer's term for: loosing it, going off the reservation, wigging out, etc. :) Willie X
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    I would keep them in the bags AND label the compartments.
    You might look at Ronell BXP-6. 24 compartments 1-1/8" 5.95.
     
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    I thought about keeping them in the bags and stuffing a bag in each compartment (the best of both worlds?) but the sizes were incompatible.

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    I keep all mine in the small zip lock bags an file like you suggest. At one time I went through them all and put a red dot beside all the ones I had on my KWM bushing chart. So now at a glance I can see my inventory.

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    All good suggestions, but still would like to hear if the zip lock prevents corrosion/tarnish and if that is anything to be concerned with.

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    I do not like the small boxes they come in because they are so easy to knock off the bench and the lids at difficult to remove. I opened one upside down once by mistake and....what a mess! I use boxes from Hobby Lobby similar to yours, Stan. I mark each with bore and OD on top using labels cut to size.....by the way, tarnishing does not matter to me.
     
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  9. Willie X

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    Yes it will delay tarnish and a tarnished bushing will be, in every way, exactly the same as a shiney new one.

    Corosion is a different matter. You may posibably have corrosion if you live by sea, or a very damp environment. I've never seen a corroded bushing that was stored in any kind of reasonably tight container. I just now opened up my big set of Bergeon bushings, still in the original paper box ... after about 40 years, no corrosion and only slightly darker than the new ones. Willie X
     
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    I use a bunch of pill bottles. Paint the numbers on the tops.

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    I use these Aluminum Jars Storage Trays I got off Ebay. If you type in "bead storage containers", you will be amazed by what else is available.

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    Whatever you choose, make it something that exposes only one size at a time when opening. Also visualize how secure it is against opening when falling on the floor, or just plain fumbling around when opening. Sooner or later it happens to someone.
     
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    If you are in business, I think the plastic bags will be a pain to deal with. I have my bushings in their original assortment box and have not as yet dumped them. The only thing I'd like to have different is the compartment size. I can't get my big fingers into the little compartments, so have to use tweezers.
     
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    Here is what I came up with several years ago. The bottles are form a company that supplies candy oil. I put the number on front of the bottle and built a walnut rack to organize them.
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    What is nice about this is if you have any gaps in the sequence that you later fill, you can just insert the new bottle and still keep everything in order. Most of the other types of storage (like the divided plastic box I have) don't handle this scenario.

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    However the recipe box method handles this scenario well.

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    I found some little sliding-top boxes, about the same size as the ones the assortments come in. Reduce odds of a total disaster tipover. Don't recall where I got them.
     
  20. Willie X

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    I don't think anyone mentioned pill boxes.
    I use a large one with 14 compartments for suspension springs. A small 7 or 14 compartment pill box should be good for bushings. These things have the correct shape and good closures, even after 1000s of openings and closings, they still work fine.

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    Don't swallow them by mistake.!:eek:
     
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    I guess I'm more of a hands on kind of guy. I want my bushings out so I can try them onto the pivot and select the one I like best. Having them in bottles or boxes would slow me down.
     
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    Does this mean Ronell is back? Thought they went out of business.
     
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    R & M is out of business, not Ronell
     
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    Ah! My mistake. Haven’t used Ronell in a while. Thanks for the clarification.
     
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    I bought a 5488 Bergeon box of 450 assorted bushings some time ago and while I don't use many of the smaller ones it is a handy box for bushings. I will add Ronell to my list of suppliers.
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    If Ronell or Butterworth went away I would just cry!!:eek:
     
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    Don't EVEN think that
     

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