Artifact Storage: Pallet Solutions

PALLET SOLUTIONS

Images below help illustrate some artifact storage ideas.  A pallet is a flat sheet of stiff archival board like blueboard or Coroplast that is the foundation for securing an object.  It has no sides, unlike a box or tray.

PROS:

  • Faster than a box or tray
  • Gives each object its own space (esp. for protruding parts)
  • Gives a foundation to attach bumpers
  • Easy to use and access tie-downs
  • Good visibility
  • Allows density of objects if done well

CONS:

  • No protection from the sides, nearby items can slide onto the pallet, too
  • Not as good as a tray or box for bracing
  • Not as fast as a bag or collar
  • Harder to lift/grasp than a box or tray
  • Poorly chosen board may bend in a way that damages object
  • No long term dust or water protection
  • Does not catch possible fragments

TIPS:

Good for low, flat items

Good for long items

Use to support items inside a bag

Heavier items might need two layers of board with corrugation at 90 degrees

Write the number on the pallet in at least two locations

Include the outline of the object on the pallet for aid in orienting later

Use with bumpers to provide support

Cushion when needed

Easy to use with tie-downs, either make notches in sides or holes with a hole punch

See also: box solutions, tray solutions, bag/pad/interleave solutions, and tips n’ tricks.

You can double up thickness with corrugation in opposite directions for strength.

You can double up thickness with corrugation in opposite directions for strength.

Pallet with padded foam bumpers.

Pallet with padded foam bumpers.

Pallet with padded foam bumpers.

Pallet with padded foam bumpers.

Pallet has a tray below to hold the lid  that no longer fits the basket.

Pallet has a tray below to hold the lid that no longer fits the basket.\

Pallet with bumpers and tie downs for ivory.

Pallet with bumpers and tie downs for ivory.

We paired the curved ivory to save room in drawers.  Two was plenty heavy, though.

We paired the curved ivory to save room in drawers. Two was plenty heavy, though.

Here's one on a foam pallet with tie downs.

Here’s one on a foam pallet with tie downs.

Bumpers to prevent moving and pallet cut down to save space in drawer.

Bumpers to prevent moving and pallet cut down to save space in drawer.

Spoon pallet with bumpers and tie down.

Spoon pallet with bumpers and tie down.

Multiple spoons could go together to save space.

Multiple spoons could go together to save space.

Trimmed down pallets save room in the drawer.

Trimmed down pallets save room in the drawer.

Rattles with custom foam and Tyvek supports.

Rattles with custom foam and Tyvek supports.

Side view of a custom rattle support.

Side view of a custom rattle support.

Custom support for metal vessel.

Custom support for metal vessel.

Supports for icons.  Ones with delicate edges get a tray with a "pallet lift"

Supports for icons. Ones with delicate edges get a tray with a “pallet lift”

Pallet lift for an icon with delicate edges.

Pallet lift for an icon with delicate edges.

Pallet inside a bag for a glass bead necklace.  Backer rod, Volara foam and tie downs prevent knocking.

Pallet inside a bag for a glass bead necklace. Backer rod, Volara foam and tie downs prevent knocking.

Backer rod on blueboard prevents salad implements from moving.

Backer rod on blueboard prevents salad implements from moving.

Backer rod is helpful for making dance fan supports.

Backer rod is helpful for making dance fan supports.

Pallets with bumpers are good for masks.

Pallets with bumpers are good for masks.

Loose appendages for masks can be stored separately on the same pallet.

Loose appendages for masks can be stored separately on the same pallet.

Pallets create a no-fly zone for each mask in the drawer.

Pallets create a no-fly zone for each mask in the drawer.

Pallets with dividers and tie downs store long weapons and arrows efficiently.

Pallets with dividers and tie downs store long weapons and arrows efficiently.

A bit of tubular bag over the feathers helps prevent snagging.

A bit of tubular bag over the feathers helps prevent snagging.

Top of pillar curves away on these bumpers for ease of seating.

Top of pillar curves away on these bumpers for ease of seating.

Several model snowshoes together on a pallet.

Several model snowshoes together on a pallet.

For efficient space use, a drawer insert is created, with outlines and numbers written right on the blueboard.

For efficient space use, a drawer insert is created, with outlines and numbers written right on the blueboard.

Russian lampadas are hard to store, but here's a couple of ideas.

Russian lampadas are hard to store, but here’s a couple of ideas.

For really delicate items, a sink mat might work.  This one has a clear Mylar lid.

For really delicate items, a sink mat might work. This one has a clear Mylar lid.

These anchor stones are padded and bumpered using wooden pallets with handholds and a "foot" underneath.

These anchor stones are padded and bumpered using wooden pallets with handholds and a “foot” underneath.

One Response to Artifact Storage: Pallet Solutions

  1. A sink mat – that’s what I’ve been making!

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