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    How to make a miniature storage bin.

    [imagel]http://img120.imageshack.us/img120/5313/planominicaseis4.gif[/imagel]How to make a mini bin.

    Stuff you need:
    closing tool box or bin
    a several sheets of cardboard cut to slightly smaller than the bin
    several sheets of 1/4" foam or bed cushion / egg crate foam
    a few sheets of 1" or 1.5" thick foam [optional]
    masking tape


    Box lid
    Extra foam for stability
    Cardboard
    1/ 4” Foam sheet
    Minis {Small minis on 20MM bases/ pennies , Rats, Ratmen Gobbo's, dogs]
    1/4” Foam sheet
    Cardboard
    1/ 4” Foam sheet
    Minis ( Medium Minis on 1 inch washers and bases)
    1/4” Foam sheet
    Cardboard
    1/ 4” Foam sheet
    Minis (Big 40mm based minis, Reaper Ettin, Chainmail Owlbear, Ogres and Minotaurs)
    1/4” Foam sheet
    Cardboard
    1/ 4” Foam sheet
    Minis {Calvary;1”x2” bases Orcs on Dire wolves, Bretonian Knights on Horseback}
    1/4” Foam sheet
    Cardboard
    1/ 4” Foam sheet
    Minis {cheap sturdy plastic minis from box sets.}
    1/4” Foam sheet
    bottom of box.

    Masking tape should be strong enough to hold the foam layers in place to the cardboard. Take a 5 inch piece of the tape. Connect the two end to make an O and use the tape piece as you would use double sided tape. For extra STR. I have two layers of cardboard taped together for each cardboard layer.

    The design above is good for decently built and properly sealed minis, but if you don’t want a lot of pressure put on certain fragile minis, like a lot of the WotC multi pieces or a mini that has a lot of easily bent parts, try this;

    Take a 1 inch or 1.5” thick layer of foam the same size as one of your layers and cut out with a sharp blade a nook for a fragile mini. Keep doing this until you have filled the sheet with nooks for fragile minis.


    1” foam sheet with minis in nooks [Chainmail glaiver, musketeers with pewter rapiers.
    1/4” Foam sheet
    Cardboard
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    Last edited by frankthedm; Monday, 5th March, 2007 at 04:23 PM.

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    Neat idea!

    Do you find it's at all difficult to lift out the "trays"?

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    An addition that could be added is a loop of string attached to the two narrow sides each layer, the string can be used as handles to lift each layer. I saw this on a homeade box similar to the one above and it worked really well.

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    Originally posted by kengar
    Neat idea!

    Do you find it's at all difficult to lift out the "trays"?

    I leave enough space on each side of the cardboard to fit my fat fingers to grab and lift the levels

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    I used this concept to create a box for my hirst arts dungeon rooms on a little larger scale and it works great.

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    This is a great thread. I have so many star wars minis and nowhere to go with them, so I'll be making one of these for myself soon. Thanks!

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