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Magnetic Stops or Barriers to Organize Metal Drawers

Purpose

This flexible, versatile system of stops or barriers prevents specimen lots, especially those stored in vials and small boxes, from rolling or moving around when partially filled drawers are opened and closed.

Author(s)

F. G. Hochberg
Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology
Santa Barbara Museum
of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105 USA
Tel (805) 682-4711, ext. 318
Fax (805) 569-3170

Henry W. Chaney
Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology
Santa Barbara Museum
of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105 USA
Tel (805) 682-4711, ext. 334
Fax (805) 569-3170

Photographs: Henry W. Chaney

Publication: 1992

 

Description

When partially filled drawers containing dry specimens stored in glass vials or small boxes are pulled out or pushed in, the loose vials and boxes shift around. To prevent specimen lots from moving around in storage systems with metal drawers, magnetic barriers or stops are used to secure the specimen containers in place (Fig. 1). This system removes the need to fill drawers with empty boxes or wooden barriers to position the specimens.



Figure 1. Storage cabinet with metal drawers demonstrating the use of magnetic 
stops to prevent movement of specimen containers.

Flexible magnetic strips can be ordered in varying lengths up to 1000ft. The strips are rubberized so they will not scratch the paint or metal. They are a dark brown color which contrasts with white or light colored cabinet drawers. 

The strips can be ordered from the factory precut into fixed lengths to match the lengths of standard specimen boxes and vials (Fig. 2). Alternatively, one can order the magnetic strips uncut and use an old paper cutter or large, heavy duty scissors to produce strips as needed. Hand cutting also allows the lengths of the strips to be varied if longer or shorter stops are required.



Figure 2. Detail of drawer with magnetic barriers indicated by arrows.



Materials Tools Supplies

  • Flexible magnetic strips,  1/4in thick x 19/32in wide x lengths up to 1000ft long
  • Paper cutter or heavy duty scissors
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