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DIY Storage Solution for Dice Masters

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Like many of you, as my collection has expanded exponentially, I quickly realized that the Rubbermaid lunch container was no longer an option. Rummaging through thick card stacks and dice piles was cumbersome and time-consuming.

I first turned to the UXM collectorís box. As designed, the included dice tray works well but canít hold a complete set of 5 dice per UXM character, not to mention the basic action and sidekick dice. The box itself is tall for storing dice that are only 0.5 in. So, subsequent sets and their setup boxes would take up considerable shelf space. However, I liked the design of the tray and rather than resorting to Plano boxes, I tried to create an dice storage tray that would be affordable and meet my needs.

I bought a couple card albums and, after several false starts and design overalls, created the stackable foam board trays pictured above.

In the next few days I'll upload printable PDFs of the dice tray templates if you'd like to make your own. I'll follow up with a couple instructional blog posts and, eventually, a PDF guide and instructions for a customizable chipboard box. Until then, the basic process is outlined by photos below.

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Updated 06-04-2015 at 03:48 PM by Crestfallen

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  1. jigsawhc's Avatar
    Very cool! My stack of plano boxes is growing... This looks way better.
  2. OddballNarwhal's Avatar
    These are beautiful. I mean, look at them.

    Where do you store the trays themselves when you are transporting your dice to and fro?
  3. DigitalFirefly's Avatar
    Those look really nice, but probably way more work than I'd want to do.
  4. Crestfallen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by OddballNarwhal
    Where do you store the trays themselves when you are transporting your dice to and fro?
    I'm going to make a heavy-weight chip board box that'll hold 5-6. I'd be like transporting a board game. However, I doubt I'd take my complete collection to events. Too much, especially by the end of 2015. I'd probably use Zen Bins when going to my FLGS with a deck or three but they're not the best for shelf storage.
  5. Crestfallen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DigitalFirefly
    Those look really nice, but probably way more work than I'd want to do.
    Yeah, about an hour or so.
  6. geekerdad's Avatar
    Looks like Crestfallen has done MOST of the work for us! The templates are amazing and the instructions very clear. Thank you for taking the time to share with us!
  7. ZUUL42's Avatar
    These look great. I'm glad you put these out there. Before I was thinking a proper die tray was beyond what you could cut from foam board and I would just deal with the insane amount of Zen Bins it requires to store an entire collection in them. I think I'll make my own trays, but a bit different.
    I think I'll make 2 layers that fit into the Collector's boxes. Then I'll keep all the cards in the matching "Team Boxes".

    The one thing I was wondering, is there any structural necessity to the 2 middle dividers? I ask because I was thinking of making mine go lengthwise with no divisions as to accommodate the occasional 5, 3, or 1 die cards. I only keep "max" dice around. Also leave enough empty sliding room to always get a good grip on any character set. Then they would be stored alphabetically from top left, across, then down. I will also make diagonally cut half dice that have single letters on them as sliding dividers.
    You recommend the FoamWerks WC-6010. After looking at their product line, is there any reason not to go with the WC-2001 V-Groove cutter and WC-6001 straight cutter?

    Any thoughts? Thanks.
    Updated 10-03-2016 at 12:28 AM by ZUUL42 (few errors and additions)