I thought one compiled area to discuss would be helpful.
To help those that visit this thread I will add some links:
Looking to buy a flat file?
Check out craigslist; search for "flat file", "filing cabinet", "map file", etc.
Check out eBay
Looking In Texas?
Australia Boys Down Under Can Help
Perhaps you need some advice in the UK?
Need a lock for your Safco flat file?
jjbehren wrote:Some people might find this useful, considering how popular Safco 5-drawer files are. Safco sells a lock kit for their 5-drawer files:
What about storage and accessories?
EB Wiki - Storing Your Print
Note: ONLY buy acid free foamcore. Brick and mortar stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby will sell you some and even cut it to size for you (remember to use weekly coupons).
Common Suggestion: Give yourself breathing room around what you are storing. Storing 24x36 prints, don't have it cut down to 24x36, but give yourself a few inches.
Glassine (commonly used to store art or to layer in between pieces)
Poly Bags (commonly used to store art in, some put the art plus a piece of foamcore to keep it sturdy)
Krystal Seal Art Bags
Thoughts on Mylar storage bags poll
My Most Favorite Tool - Air Blower
Are You Insane Like Me - Cotton Gloves (I use these, every so often when they get dirty I toss em out and use a new pair)
Different Brand of Cotton Gloves
Thread on Acid Free Backing Boards
Do you like your art flat?
Most would suggest to avoid storing art inside the shipping tube for an extended period of time, thus there are many ways people flatten their art.
You can use books, dvds, blurays, etc. Generally I allow the print to sit out of the tube for a day or two then add weight. I cover the print with kraft paper to avoid dust and stuff while it is sitting out.
Paper Weights - Frame Destination
IWish's Weight Bags
Want some flat file inspiration?
Show us your Flat File/Work/Flattening area
iambillyg's Flat File Refurbish Thread
Viv's backyard flatfile refurb thread
McGraw's Flat File Flip
Flat file refurb project
Flat File Refurb
Craigslist Flat File Refinishing Project
Anyway, feel free to discuss flat files, ask questions, post photos, comments, or suggestions, etc. in this thread.
***Any additional links or suggestions please feel free to PM me and I can add them in or have a mod do so.***