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Parry Hotter
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So I bought a bunch of these from BCW:
http://www.bcwsupplies.com/products/trading-card-boxes/800-c...

Does anyone know of a DIY way to make them "spring loaded", or to have some sort of locking device? I mean for like if a box is only half full with cards, that it will have a spring mechanism or adjustable device to keep them upright & prevent the cards from falling down inside the box. Right now I just have crumpled plastic bags, shipping "peanuts/popcorn" and various other things filling up the empty spaces in boxes - but would like something more "professional" feeling. I know they make index card storage cases and the likes with these types of mechanisms... but if anyone has any ideas on how I could turn it into a DIY project for game card storage using the boxes I linked to, your thoughts/opinions would be greatly appreciated.
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For a up to 2 inch space I am going to try 'furniture foam'. Soft enough to be able to be high adjustable (it can be compress a lot), but firm enough to hold the cards. Pretty sure this will work, maybe some issues if you carry the case vertically and the weight of the cards causes a big enough gap. Smaller width and/or firmer foam would solve that.

To fill a big space, simply something like a piece of cardboard and glue/tape/duct tape it form side to side. Or something like a paper towel tube, which can be easily cut to length. Combine these with the foam.
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Not the "professional feeling" I was really looking for, but the paper towel tube idea is outstanding for the time being. Thanks! Furniture foam is pretty expensive and I have nothing to cut it straight with so I won't be taking that route.

To add to your paper towel tube idea... I think gluing a couple of standard playing cards or something to the end facing the cards would be a good idea so that the tube doesn't leave any "rings" on the cards or card sleeves after time, then just trim the opposite end as needed.

Actually. I may just use the paper towel tubes and be done with it.
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Does the stopper have to move frequently for a given box (constantly refactoring a collection into different play decks for example), or just once in a great while (upgrade with new purchase), or set it once and forget it (this box is final, but the next box may need the stopper in a different place)? Different answers to that question call for different types of solutions.

One idea is to make a U-shaped stiff cardboard plug. The plug exactly fills the width and height of the box, and maybe an inch or so of its length. Four thumb tacks are glued to the legs of the 'U' and pierce the box, keeping the plug from sliding or tipping. Setting the plug does damage the box slightly, but as long as you don't put too many holes too close together, it should remain strong and not be an eyesore.
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I use a slice of foam that is slightly bigger than the space in the box so it is compresses a bit when in the box. It will hold its place while being easily movable.
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Similar idea to those previous - I use little blocks of polystyrene, roughly 60mm x 90mm, and about 15mm thick (about the size of a slim pack of cigarettes). Add and remove as required. For fine adjustments I use card-sized scraps of foamcore.

Polystyrene can be coated with acrylic paint. This dries and goes hard, giving the polystyrene a tough shell that prevents it splitting or crumbling. I use this process to create DIY box inserts.
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Re: Adjustable card storage "stopper" or spring loaded device?
Ozludo wrote:
Similar idea to those previous - I use little blocks of polystyrene, roughly 60mm x 90mm, and about 15mm thick (about the size of a slim pack of cigarettes). Add and remove as required. For fine adjustments I use card-sized scraps of foamcore.

Polystyrene can be coated with acrylic paint. This dries and goes hard, giving the polystyrene a tough shell that prevents it splitting or crumbling. I use this process to create DIY box inserts.

You are referring to expanded poly, not solid, right? The problem is cutting the stuff neatly. Not everyone has a hot wire foam cutter lying around.

But for cutting thin stock like Ozludo suggested, a hot wire can be improvised:

Get a soldering iron or woodburning iron. A cheap 25 watt unregulated iron will do. Around here they sell for less than 30 US dollars, and sometimes half that. Get a 16 inch long scrap of 12 AWG solid copper wire and remove any insulation from its whole length. While the iron is cold, wrap half the wire's length tightly around the iron's tip. If it does not hold itself on, then slide off the wire and use pliers to twist the coil slightly tighter and then reinstall. Make the rest of the wire as straight as possible.

Heat up the iron and wire for a few minutes. Try cutting a scrap of poly with the very tip of the wire. Do not apply pressure, but let the heat do the work. If the wire tip is too cool to cut cleanly, use wire cutting pliers to trim about half an inch off the length of the wire and try again. If the foam melts quickly without ever making contact with the wire, then it is too hot and you need a longer wire.
 
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