Saturday, August 24, 2013

Anybody know what these things are called?

Is it a card catalogue cabinet? Because I found one today...

...and it's perfect.

Especially if you're like me & you're always running a game and then you're like "I know I have more gnolls than this..."

So I made this stupid blog entry in case anybody was like "Oh fuck, good idea, I should ebay those"

I keep the fragile ones under these cubes--5 CD cases+packing tape

Also, if you didn't know, the standard milk-crate is the same size as the standard RPG book.
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13 comments:

  1. Hell yes 'Oh fuck, good idea, I should eBay those'.

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    1. Wait.. Shipping fees are insane. Guess I'll keep my eyes open on garage sales for similar stuff.

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  2. My group used to use milk crates back in the day for all our gaming books. They're perfect! And the wooden box with the drawers looks like an old apothecary cabinet.

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  3. Cabinets with those nifty and evocative label-mount/handles and rich patina inhabited the science labs of my high-school years in considerable numbers. Unfortunately I was a high school teacher for too brief a period to inveigle my way into a position where I could inherit decrepit equipment. Which is a shame because they are beautiful.

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  4. What's bad is in ten years kids won't know what a card catalog is.

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    1. The Library here hasn't had a card catalog in over twenty years! (In Las Vegas NV)

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  5. CD cases cubes are a great idea!
    Consider it stolen!

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  6. That cabinet is awesome and perfect for minis. It's probably not a card catalog cabinet, as each row would normally be it's own drawer or at least have its own label. (http://www.heidihoerman.com/museumca/cardstorage.html)

    I'd guess it was for some sort of samples from a museum or lab.

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  7. Usage seems to be inconsistent but "Letter Filing Cabinet", "Horizontal Filing Cabinet", and "Desktop Filing Cabinet" all bring up artifacts that are similar to what you've got here.

    There is also the very cool Apothecary Chest/Cabinet which has the square drawers. Unfortunately those have been seized upon by antique collectors so are harder to come by and more expensive when you do find them.

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  8. if you want to spend a big pile of money geek chic has a pretty neat storage system like that.

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  9. I'd say it's a specimen cabinet.

    "Apothecary cabinet" is what pottery barn sells as replicas , but this isn't an actual apothecary cabinet. It's not quite as sturdy as something made by a professional cabinet maker and I think those interior dividers have the look of repurposed cheese boxes or such. I think you have a one of a kind, utilitarian box made for a collector of some sort. They're not that different from the ones you find in the back rooms of museums, when you start to dig through old stone tools.

    If you've got money to burn try google imaging "spool cabinets" and you'll see these perfect old dry good display cabinets. I've coveted one ever since I was 14 for minis.

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  10. Yeah! Milk crates! =D

    I use them to, if only to be able to pickup the whole stack with one arm - also great for gaming on the go! I highly recommend lining the sides of the crates with cardboard, as the edges of the holes quickly tare away at the book covers.

    Nice cabinet, by the way! _\\\

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  11. Be cautious with wooden storage for older (lead) figures, as that accelerates led rot.

    if newer figures, have at it, because that is a lovely storage system.

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