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Ive been working on some homemade storage trays I wanted to share. They are thinner than anything I have found so its definitely a better fit in the box


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Hobby Lobby Assorted Matte boards $5 for about 30 boards
Hobby lobby This 8.5 x 11 plexiglass $1.49
Balsa wood about $3 for enough to make 1 tray
emlers glue
Total cost about $5 per try
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You're saying 3 of your trays stacked on top of each other takes up less depth than the trays that come with the game?

They do look good. Rubber-banning the cover each time gives me some hesitation for wanting to do it myself though.
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I'll take a pic of the end result when I am done. As far as the trays go none cone with the game that I know of
They are smaller then get counter trays and easier to find units
 
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charlescab wrote:
I'll take a pic of the end result when I am done. As far as the trays go none cone with the game that I know of
They are smaller then get counter trays and easier to find units


yeah Europe and Mediterranean each come with a counter tray.
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They look pretty good, and excellent for keeping the counters easily visible. I'm just getting the game so I might have a go at making some myself.

Can I make a suggestion though, and that is to get the backing slightly larger than the plexiglass, by 2x the width of the balsa frame pieces. Additionally make the cross struts to be a couple of mm less in height than the frame. This would allow the plexiglass to be recessed into the frame for a neater fit. Of course it might be difficult to get the backing in the exact size that you require but I have found it easy to buy quite large sheets of mount board (used for picture framing) reasonably cheaply from craft/art shops, which can then be cut to size with a steel rule and scalpel/Stanley knife. You could also probably get several pieces from the single board, which might work out a little cheaper than buying individual boards.

Hope you don't mind me expanding on your concept.
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Thats a great idea! My issue is using parts ready to go, and not doing any cutting
The hobby lobby matboards are the exact same size as the plexiglass.Maybe I could use larger balsawood to "frame" the board. One problem I have with the thin plexiglass is static electricity. When you life the top, the units stick to the plexiglass, so I slide it off and all is ok.
I have started using thinner balsa strips from Michaels due to the counters being so thin they tend to slide around. Using thinner balsa makes a thinner storage area and no counters overlap.

I also bought a small storage box, and all of my europe expansions fit in so nicely.
The main reason I wanted to do this is so I can carry the game to conventions and game nights without having to carry all of my game boxes. I expect the end result will be one game box for rules maps and cards, and the storage tray itself with the counters.
I really like being able to see the units at a glance. Setup time will be greaty reduced, and I can easily see when a counter is "misfiled"
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Final result. Europe and all expansion fit in the space of 2 boxes, and easy to find units
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charlescab wrote:
Thats a great idea! My issue is using parts ready to go, and not doing any cutting
The hobby lobby matboards are the exact same size as the plexiglass.Maybe I could use larger balsawood to "frame" the board. One problem I have with the thin plexiglass is static electricity. When you life the top, the units stick to the plexiglass, so I slide it off and all is ok.
I have started using thinner balsa strips from Michaels due to the counters being so thin they tend to slide around. Using thinner balsa makes a thinner storage area and no counters overlap.

I also bought a small storage box, and all of my europe expansions fit in so nicely.
The main reason I wanted to do this is so I can carry the game to conventions and game nights without having to carry all of my game boxes. I expect the end result will be one game box for rules maps and cards, and the storage tray itself with the counters.
I really like being able to see the units at a glance. Setup time will be greaty reduced, and I can easily see when a counter is "misfiled"


Great work Charles. I am considering stealing this for several games where there a large number of units with unique information. Can you tell me what size Balsa Strips you are using?
 
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Im not sure but its the smallest strip they had ... I tried looking at what I had but I couldnt find the barcode
The smaller the better though. They are mainly there to keep counters from sliding around

 
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