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At the risk of starting a political debate, I'm curious if anyone knows of alternative retailers for the popular wooden artist case sold at Hobby Lobby or similar cases. Thank you.
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oopstoons wrote:
At the risk of starting a political debate, I'm curious if anyone knows of alternative retailers for the popular wooden artist case sold at Hobby Lobby or similar cases. Thank you.


crazy enough but Harbor Freight.

http://www.harborfreight.com/eight-drawer-wood-tool-chest-94...

They call it a tool chest, but it's mighty similar.
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chuckhazard wrote:
oopstoons wrote:
At the risk of starting a political debate, I'm curious if anyone knows of alternative retailers for the popular wooden artist case sold at Hobby Lobby or similar cases. Thank you.


crazy enough but Harbor Freight.

http://www.harborfreight.com/eight-drawer-wood-tool-chest-94...

They call it a tool chest, but it's mighty similar.


That is very different from the one referenced here. I think it is this one
http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/wooden-artist-case-12500...

The main thing is that it has a large open compartment for storing cards.
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lfisher wrote:
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oopstoons wrote:
At the risk of starting a political debate, I'm curious if anyone knows of alternative retailers for the popular wooden artist case sold at Hobby Lobby or similar cases. Thank you.


crazy enough but Harbor Freight.

http://www.harborfreight.com/eight-drawer-wood-tool-chest-94...

They call it a tool chest, but it's mighty similar.


That is very different from the one referenced here. I think it is this one
http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/wooden-artist-case-12500...

The main thing is that it has a large open compartment for storing cards.


Ah, I see. Yes, quite different. The case I linked is what many of my art friends use for storing pens, pencils, brushes, paints, etc.
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Yes maybe I should have been more specific. I want to use the case to store cards. The Hobby Lobby case is a pretty good size, but I wonder about it's construction. I have one filled with cards and it is really heavy. I don't want to be walking down the street and have the hinges pop off with my collection flying off to the wind. Thanks though.
 
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I have a friend who stores all of his sleeved Dominion stuff in the Hobby Lobby case, and that sucker is heavy. You are right to be concerned about its construction. The hinges are pretty flimsy, though in fairness they have held up so far. The latches, however are struggling and don't really latch as intended any more. We carry it flat to a avoid the risk of spilling the cards. It works, looks nice, and could easily be reinforced, but as-is it just was not meant to hold that much weight. Unfortunately I haven't seen it anywhere else.
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I bought that box for my killer bunnies collection and will be using the broken token organizer to keep things separated.
 
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What about using something from Plano? And at the risk of being RSP, good on you!
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I've looked all over for this thing and can't find it anyplace else. I suspect it is a Hobby Lobby exclusive. If anyone were to find it elsewhere or one very similar to it, I would be interested as well.

I'm at the point where I am considering trying to make my own.
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While i haven't seen anything else like it, why not build a stackable box on wheels (like a cart or a dolly). This way you can wheel it around without worrying about weight?

remember it's not just the weight of the box but the weight of the cards that you're carrying.
 
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I might have found some alternatives:

http://www.jerrysartarama.com/discount-art-supplies/paint-an...

http://www.merriartist.com/Paint_Box_w_Palette_12X16_p/aa184...
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You could probably also outfit a humidor. It might be a little pricey and smell like cedar, but it would look great and be about the right size.
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The internal height of the box needs to be at least 3.5 inches for typical cards to stand upright. If you have foam core or tall dividers you will need even more room. This is where most of these cases fail.

The two you list above are 3 inches and 3 1/8 inches.

I'm not saying that these cases wouldn't be useful, but the internal height was what made the Hobby Lobby case more desirable, particularly for card games like Dominion.


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For my sleeved dominion set I opted for searching amazon for a nice container. You can find some really nice metal or plastic cases for cheap. Searching for Metal Briefcase or Flight Case give great results.
 
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I use, and highly recommend, a used surplus ammo box (.30 cal or .50 cal). You can get them where I live (Wichita, KS) for $20.00-$25.00 at a store that sells new and used hardware (drill bits, C-clamps, hinges, rope, chain, foam padding, tubing, bolt cutters, ball bearings, ammo boxes, burlap, etc.) They are all steel, very rugged, won't melt in the heat, the hinge will not fall off, and they are very well constructed and completely water tight. They are completely water tight, too. I realize I just said that twice but I felt it was important enough to repeat the point. I put all of my games, which are largely card-based, into Ultra-Pro deckboxes (simple, cheap, durable) and stack them into the ammo box. I haven't decorated the ammo box, so it is just a dull green, but beauty aside, I am very keen on durability and protecting my investments and I have found no other container providing the level of protection I required and that this solution affords. Plano is plastic, right? Excepting a blazing inferno, I think my games are as safe as they can be outside of Ft. Knox or a Google date center. But heck, what do I know? Good luck!

Edit: Here's a video I just made (using my nifty little Samsung Chromebook-the $249 one [All hail, Google!]) to show you these things: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP0WtgFVy5Y
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kawlaw wrote:
a used surplus ammo box (.30 cal or .50 cal)


you forgot to mention that they also look very cool!

I still have an old ammo box my grandfather brought back from WW2 that still is used as a tool box as he did for decades
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https://www.guirys.com/art-alternatives-artists-paint-box-wi...

I found the above searching on 'artists briefcase' and looking at images.

What came to mind after the ammo box comment was the airplane part boxes I used to buy at Boeing surplus. But they no longer have a warehouse of treasures you can browse. AND they are enormously heavy.

Also what came to mind was portfolio boxes - black heavy cardboardy things built very well for what they are. They would be available in various sizes but no inner dividers. Or lidded wine boxes. There are some which are about a 2-3 bottle size with hinged lids. I have one which I store oil paints in and it's held up forever. It has a rope handle, but you could very easily mod with exterior paint and a bit of leather for the handle.


Edit: nice wine box
http://www.bc4wine.com/store/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId...
In that case you might have the bonus of 3 bottles of wine, but you get the idea.

Or http://www.woodthings.com/look8.htm
 
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Just found this on Amazon. I don't think it would hold as many cards as the Hobby Lobby one, but it seems deep enough for cards. And it comes with a divider that may or may not be useful.

Art Alternatives Wood Box Supply Chest:
http://www.amazon.com/Art-Alternatives-Wood-Supply-Chest/dp/...
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The post that prompted my response has been deleted, so I'm editing mine out. Good luck to the OP in finding something to suit.
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Thanks for all the ideas! I pulled out my Hobby Lobby case and my worries were justified. My case is starting to fall apart at the seams. I will need something sturdier.

This especially sucks because I just bought an insert for the case. The insert is cool, but it's a little useless with a broken case.
http://go7gaming.com/

Board Game Storage is also selling plastic Plano card boxes.
http://www.boardgamestorage.com/index.php?main_page=index&cP...
 
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The Plano cases are really nice, but if you sleeve your cards you will find yourself forces the cards to fit.
 
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Maybe something like a brief case?

http://www.amazon.com/RoadPro-SPC-931R-Silver-Aluminum-Brief...
 
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It's not quite the same dimensions, but I wonder if an 11-liter Really Useful Box would be sufficient?

Obviously, it wouldn't have the handle or hinged lid, but they're sturdy, tend to close well, and, unlike most plastic boxes, actually have vertical sides (as opposed to sloped).

External Dimensions:
11-Liter Really Useful Box: 18" x 14" x 4.4375"
Hobby Lobby Box: 16.5" x 13" x 4.5"
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Looking a little closer, the 11-liter Really Useful Box lists the internal height as 91mm, which is exactly the same as the Dominion card size. That probably wouldn't work so well with sleeved cards.

The 11-Liter XL box (which is the same box with a different lid), brings that up to 125mm, which would work, but would probably require some filler to keep the cards in place.

Additionally, there's a tray for both boxes that has 16 85mm x 68mm compartments. That seems like a close enough fit for Dominion-sized cards (59mm wide), but the width-wise partitions might be inconvenient.
 
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Just wanted to say "Thank you" to everyone posting on this thread. I don't want to buy the Hobby Lobby case, either, and am actively searching for a case for my sleeved Pathfinder Card Game cards.

Love the ammo box idea, and I'd be interested to see if the aluminum boxes would work.
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