Storing my collection of Clock Hands

David D'Apice

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Forgive me if I'm redundant. I'm wondering if anyone out there has a rig, jig, or cool way of storing the hundreds of pairs of old hands that I have accumulated over a lifetime. Some way that I can see them to "browse" for the ones I need when I need them. Any great ideas would be welcome. Perhaps this belongs in tips and tricks -- although I have neither -- other than a tangled mess of a box -- or two or three! Thanks in advance. Dave
 

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got computer/database skills?

you could:

1. number the pairs, one by one
2. take a photo before putting a pair in an envelope
3. add the photo to the database, along with key words... if it were me i would create multiple fields that could accommodate key words: manufacturer, fits, color, size, etc. i would also have a quick description field.

the benefit of doing this is that you could then search as needed.

just thinking out loud but i wonder if the media gallery function on the MB might be workable for you... i'll mention @Tom McIntyre and maybe he'll comment....
 

David D'Apice

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Wow -- I'm in the design business, and I never even thought of a digital solution. That's brilliant. I love the idea of a relational database!
 

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i've worked for myself forever but did have one 'legit' job at sun microsystems, where i was an engineering services manager. what's that you ask? essentially a librarian, responsible for all hardware and software releases. i was taught to do just what i suggested: simply number the next item in but provide enough identifiers (from version numbers to keywords) to always be alway to find/track/manage assets in the library.

keep us posted.
 

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Hi,
A strategy that I use is to pair up the hands and a 1/4 wide piece of masking tape will keep them together. Either plastic parts drawers or plastic parts boxes are suitable for storage. I prefer the boxes because I can make storage racks and without opening the box I can tell at a glance what's inside. For smaller hands I still have to paw through a jumbled mess! for the larger hands this has worked well for me.
Hope this might help.
tom
 

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For database, Filemaker is (relatively) easy and flexible. I've used it a lot.
 

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