Being laser cut on demand out of sheets of acrylic, Wild Gears do not come with a storage system. So, how to keep them in some kind of tidy but usable state?
Here are some great ideas with photos from reader Jay Heyl.
For the gears too big to fit in the CD case and for all the rings I use a plastic project box. I didn’t take any pictures of that because it’s nothing special. They’re available all over the place and it’s just a plastic box into which I toss the rings and larger gears. The project box works better for holding old drawings than for holding the gears and rings. I do also have a heavy poly bag with a slide closure top, kind of like a plastic money bag, that I use for the small and medium rings. That also goes in the project box.
I originally thought it would be important to keep my storage solution potentially mobile, but in over a year they haven’t moved more than ten feet so I’m now thinking more along the lines of something a bit more permanent where the gears each have a place within easy reach. No matter what I do with the larger gears I will continue to use the micro utility box. I almost always close it as soon as I remove what I need so gears won’t go flying if I happen to bump it off the drawing table.
~ Jay Heyl
[Much thanks to Jay for the ideas and photos. Shop Wild Gears at this link. ~ Ed.]