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Postby SnakeEyes75 on Sat Oct 01, 2016 5:08 pm

So I am looking to purchase a flat file; probably custom, and have been looking around / researching different places online to find various options. I like both metal and wood but leaning wood. I was looking to see if folks here might know of places that either create custom flat files or re-furbish older flat files that either ship CONUS or are somewhat close to the Washington DC area. Also any pictures of your own flat file would be appreciated; always good to see whats out there. Thanks.
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Postby SnakeEyes75 on Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:28 am

Anyone have any opinions on SMI vs Mayline vs Richardson wooden Flat Files? Looking to buy today
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Postby sendit2d on Sat Nov 26, 2016 2:22 pm

Does anyone know if these flat files are ok to store art in being that they're 30% poplar, 70% MDF?

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Martha-Stewa ... /207087815

Is MDF bad for storing paper in?...

MDF is typically made up of 82% wood fibre, 9% urea-formaldehyde resin glue, 8% water and 1% paraffin wax. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium-density_fibreboard)
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Postby theperfecttree on Sat Nov 26, 2016 2:56 pm

lots of interest in these, for $225 it's hard to be the price. here's a past review and pic of a 24x36 poster to get a feel for the drawer size. I believe the exact measurement is 24.5x36.5

SurfingJeff wrote:I figured I'd drop in a quick review of one of the Martha Stewart flat files. I recently picked up this one:

http://www.homedecorators.com/P/Martha- ... 00/Outlet/
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Pros:
- It's the only "factory" flat file I've ever seen that comes with a glass top
- If you time it right with the appropriate coupons, it's almost cheaper than buying a used one. Mine came to $210 shipped
- Sitting in the corner of my living room, it's actually quite good looking (mine is in the brown wood finish)

Cons:
- Assembling this thing was a giant pain in the ass. The precision of the cuts is not great, and you need quite a bit of elbow grease to get everything to fit. I actually snapped 3 of the shitty cam connectors that comes with it, and had to buy my own replacements from home depot (you might want to do this from the start, the home depot ones are MUCH better).
- The drawer runners are not nearly as nice as a good metal flat file. Getting the drawers inserted in the first place was a big pain, and they don't run that smoothly or lock that well.
- The interior of the drawers is a extremely tight for a 24" x 36" print with less 1/2" margin around each edge. I don't think you'd want to keep a big stack of 24" x 36" in here - getting them out would involve serious risk of edge damage.

Ultimately - it's that last point (drawers too small for 24"x36") that's the real killer. The arduous assembly and imperfect runners are tolerable, but if you collect anything in that size range, then this isn't going to work that well. Too bad - it really does look quite good for the price.


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Postby bhutanpro on Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:10 am

I'm in the lookout for a used or new flat file in soCal.

I'm in Palm Springs, but if the piece and price is right I could come out toward the coast to get it.

There are some options on Craigslist, but wanted to put the word out in this thread too.

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Postby earlgreytoast on Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:55 am

I've got a flat file that's been sitting under my deck for awhile now...I should get rid of it before the snow hits. It's a big one, fits 24" X 36" prints and all drawers in great working condition. $200. $250 if you'd like me to sand and re-paint in the color(s) of your choice. I live about an hour north of NYC in the mighty Hudson Valley.

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Postby FOODRAP on Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:57 am

earlgreytoast wrote:I've got a flat file that's been sitting under my deck for awhile now...I should get rid of it before the snow hits. It's a big one, fits 24" X 36" prints and all drawers in great working condition. $200. $250 if you'd like me to sand and re-paint in the color(s) of your choice. I live about an hour north of NYC in the mighty Hudson Valley.

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Examples of ones I repainted:

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Looks amazing. Wish I was talented enough to paint my three.
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Postby earlgreytoast on Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:00 am

Ha, no talent needed. Just space, an electric hand-sander and some good spray paint.
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Postby electrachrome on Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:11 pm

Hamilton Ohio:
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Postby cotis on Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:07 pm

about to refinish this guy. it's in absolutely wonderful condition and so glad we came across it. going for a darker stain to match the rest of our furniture.

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Postby jjttdw on Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:21 pm

^^That is nice.
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Postby hunterjax on Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:23 pm

wow, that things a beauty - will look great in a glossy dark stain.
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Postby Dragyn on Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:21 am

I am very new to collecting but have a few pieces and need to find a flat file for them! I need one that fits the big boys 24x36 but doesn't break the bank. I am located in Atlanta, GA.

Thanks!
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Postby cotis on Sun May 07, 2017 7:01 pm

NJ/NYC/PA folks...

Hamilton 10-Drawer Blueprint Art Architectural Poster Map Flat File - $100
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https://newjersey.craigslist.org/fuo/6121771008.html

Hamilton 5-Drawer Blueprint Art Architectural Poster Map Flat Files - $100/ea
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https://newjersey.craigslist.org/fuo/6121785460.html
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