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I've got quite the parts bin these days.  I picked up some of those storage thingies at a hardware store -- you know, the ones with four transparent plastic slide-out trays that have removable section dividers and a snap-shut lid.  This is great for my resistors, caps, diodes, switches, and other things that I'm not worried about damaging from a little errant static energy.

However, all my ICs are in mylar bags in a stack of Digi-Key boxes.  Not quite as organized.  I'm wondering if it might be safe to cut some large anti-static bags apart, glue them to the interior of the (not anti-static) plastic bins, and store the sensitive parts in there.

Thoughts?
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I tend to accumulate the anti-static foam and rails that parts ship in. The foam will go in the bottom of the little plastic drawers, and the rails are all in a jumble in a larger workbench drawer, so not quite as organized there. I've also cut the rails to lengths that fit in the small plastic drawers.
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That's a good idea.  It would keep the pins from getting bent jostling around in freespace.

Anyone else have some handy tricks?  Keep 'em coming.
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Cover some expanded polystyrene in aluminium foil, stick the chips into that (always ground the foil to your body first though)
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If you want something professional, Flambeau, Inc. makes conductive parts cabinets:
http://www.flambeaucases.com/index.php/site/products/conductive

All-Spec carries their products and just about any other anti-static thing you could imagine, or not.
http://www.all-spec.com/

I would never have imagined that there was such a thing as anti-static hand lotion. smiley-grin
http://www.all-spec.com/products/ICL-32.html
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