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Entry  Mon Apr 1 16:16:16 2013, Albert, Update, optical tables, Optical Table Toolboxes Update 
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Message ID: 8408     Entry time: Wed Apr 3 19:01:06 2013     In reply to: 8395     Reply to this: 8410
Author: Albert 
Type: Update 
Category: optical tables 
Subject: Optical Table Toolboxes Update 

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A heavy duty plastic box is the likeliest candidate for the optical table toolbox. It measures 5 9/16 in. x 11 5/8 in. x 4 5/8 in. and fits all the tools comfortably. ( http://www.mcmaster.com/#plastic-bin-boxes/=m4yh4m  ,  under Heavy Duty Plastic Bin Boxes)

The list of tools has been updated to include a pen and a wire cutter as well as everything previously stated.

In addition, Steve has recommended that boxes should be secured to the walls or surfaces near the optical tables as opposed to the optical tables themselves, as to keep the tables from wobbling when tools are being exchanged.

A diagram of tentative box placements will go out soon.

 No, the small boxes must be attached to the optical tables. They won't be heavy enough to change the table tilt.

Also, all tools must be color coded according to the optical table using the 3M Vinyl table color code:

http://www.3m.com/product/images/Vinyl-Electrical-Color-Tape-300.jpg

 Ok.

So the new tentative plan on the boxes is to bolt them (magnetic strips were proposed but overruled on the grounds that they're not strong enough to withstand being knocked down by accidents).

The boxes are going to be a mix of the Thorlabs Benchtop Organizer (http://www.thorlabs.com/thorProduct.cfm?partNumber=BT17) and the original box. The box will have a region covered in mesh, so tools can be placed and held there. The box will also have a spacer at the bottom, with another mesh right above it, lined up. However, this double-mesh will only cover half of the box. The other half of the box will be compartmentalized to hold things such as screws, connectors, etc. I will talk to Steve about building the boxes.

Also, using nail-polish to coat the Allen wrenches is not going to work. Nail polish does not stick easily enough. The tentative new plan is oil paint, but this is to be reviewed.

Finally, the diagram with the placement of the boxes relative to the optical tables has been put on paper, but needs to be computerized so it's easier to read. This will be done as soon as possible.

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