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    Default How Do You Store Your Arcade PCBs?

    I've been considering building a supergun to play some old arcade games (no room for a cabinet), but that got me thinking-how do you store the boards? I have no idea how to store any of the various board types, so I'm hoping some of you can give me some tips!

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    I use priority mail shipping boxes. Most PCBs fit fine. (even with PCB feet on them) They're sturdy enough to stack like a totem pole. They're free. And, if you decide to sell the PCB later it's almost ready to ship.

    If you want something that looks better than a stack of usps boxes, Uline sells sturdy pre-cut shipping boxes in a few PCB-ish sizes. Plain brown cardboard boxes with fold-in 'locking' flaps... similar to an MVS kit box. I might transition to those soon and print some fancy labels for the sides of the boxes. You have to buy in quantities of 50+ though.
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    I have one sitting on a small table. Not much use for my purposes until I can afford getting it consolized. Even then the few people who do that are so busy there's a good wait.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomwaits View Post
    I use priority mail shipping boxes. Most PCBs fit fine. (even with PCB feet on them) They're sturdy enough to stack like a totem pole. They're free. And, if you decide to sell the PCB later it's almost ready to ship.
    You'll find this is what most of us do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomwaits View Post
    I use priority mail shipping boxes. Most PCBs fit fine. (even with PCB feet on them) They're sturdy enough to stack like a totem pole. They're free. And, if you decide to sell the PCB later it's almost ready to ship.

    If you want something that looks better than a stack of usps boxes, Uline sells sturdy pre-cut shipping boxes in a few PCB-ish sizes. Plain brown cardboard boxes with fold-in 'locking' flaps... similar to an MVS kit box. I might transition to those soon and print some fancy labels for the sides of the boxes. You have to buy in quantities of 50+ though.


    Quote Originally Posted by InsaneDavid View Post
    You'll find this is what most of us do.
    Agrreed..

    I still use them,and they can be ordered free,shipped to your door..free via USPS.

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    Make sure to put them in electrostatic-safe bags. Cardboard can build a static charge which can kill your boards.
    See my latest arcade repair at the Holodeck 2 Arcade Repair Blog: http://holodeck2arcade.blogspot.com

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    My pcbs are mostly in antti-static bags then usualy in the box they arived in the mail with or a huge jiffy bag.Then stored in huge Plastic storage boxes with fastened lids,i do not have much choice because i share a one bedroom flat wth 7 cabs lol so space is a premium.

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    I just screw my extra boards to the wall. I think they're safer there than loose in bulky containers, capacitors and whatnot bending every time you bubble wrap them. Boxing them up never seemed practical to me as they're all different sizes. Also, I like the look of having them displayed. Oh yeah, no sunlight in that room either.

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    Bought some antistatic boxes , I ordered and paid for 10 and got 20 delivered

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