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Old 02-15-2011, 12:34 PM #1
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Question How do you store your laser collection?

At the moment, I have all my laser stuff and optics in a drawer in my desk. But the space is limited and my interest in lasers is growing - so I need another solution
I'm thinking of a metal cabinet, which should be lockable, because I have two small daughters. I don't want to risk that they hurt themselves by accident.

How do you store your lasers and optics? Are there any ideas for a useful cabinet (drawers VS compartment, original boxes VS self made optics storage,...).

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Right now I keep everythink in the gun safe. Soon tho I will have a curio that will be lockable.
As I also have a 5-6 year old boys. I had one before but wife took it lol
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Sparsed here, there and everywhere (i live almost alone, so no kids problem) ..... one of these days, when i have some free time (free time ? ..... what's "free time" ? ..... it's edible ? ..... can i wear it ? ..... how much it cost ? ..... ), i need to classify all my lasers and modules for know how much of them i have around and decide what to keep and what to sell ..... (i actually don't know exactly how much lasers and modules i have around, literally )
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First off, I live alone.

I have a few low-power (<50mW) pointers on my desk. These are the one I use virtually daily and use to simply show visitors the different colors available.

The vast majority of my hand-held lasers (including my "personal" lasers) are kept in a gun safe.

Argon lasers, HeCd lasers, and my large HeNe lasers are stored in shelving in my "office."

My "regular" HeNe lasers are mostly stored in a drawer in my office.

There are a few HeNe tubes, that are in need of repair in shelves as well.

My HeNe lamp is sitting on the top shelf of my desk

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Awesomely..



with one of those magnetic window alarms attached to the draw for when people are over.
cant ever be safe enough with lasers.

oh and the draw underneath has all the electronics bits and pieces.

EDIT:I got the foam with the felt from Incasesolutions and cut the inserts myself.
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That is pretty darn awesome I've made a few custom cases with foam inserts and locks.

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BrightSpark is the man This is exactly what I'm looking for! But lockable. Every laser has a nice place, don't get dirty, don't drop, ...very professional. 1+ for this nice laser home

The idea of the gun save is very good, too. Probably a combination would be the best - a lockable gun save with foam inserts and plenty space for all my optics. I only need to convince my wife that we need a gun save
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Pretty cool drawer

For me there is no need for something like that - i just try to keep them away from drunk guests
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Pretty cool drawer

For me there is no need for something like that - i just try to keep them away from drunk guests

The drawer is from IKEA:
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What is the model name of the magnetic window alarm?
Where did you buy it?

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I have cases, like gun cases, that lock,
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Yep its from ikea

i got the magnetic window alarm at a pound stall
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lol, i have lasers lying around everywhere, its kind of an organized mess
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Thanks for the link for the Wireless Entry Alarm!

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Seems I have to visit IKEA! Probably they have a lockable drawer unit, too. In any case cheaper than a gun save.

Thanks for sharing your storage methods - from 'organized' mess to clean and professional cabinet
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Thanks for the link. But in a save there is not enough space for my optics - its even smaller than a single drawer! And with this hobby I don't have too much money to store in a save
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