Vertical Flat File Opinions

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Postby jkaram on Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:24 pm

Does anyone have any experience utilizing or opinions on using vertical flat files. I'm looking to purchase this (see link) as an alternative to a large traditional drawer flat file. I live in NYC and space is at a premium, this seems like a good alternative. I'm just getting into screen print collecting and I don't want to purchase anything that will damage my relatively modest sized collection.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008M ... W9KF&psc=1
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Postby SpaceYourAntelope on Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:54 pm

I've also considered a vertical flat file, so hopefully we can get some insight from folks who actually have experience using them. Alternatively, if you do start noticing your prints getting wavy in there, I dont see any reason you couldnt just lay that one on it's side and slide it under the bed
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Postby IWish on Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:55 pm

I've used one of those for quite sometime now. I put my prints in protective sleeves w/backboard when used vertically. I current have mine horizontal under my bed. (I had to put my bed on risers to do this.)

Also, make SURE that Amazon deal is for the v-files WITH THE BOX. In the past, I've noticed the description of the item is a little deceiving and what they're selling is only the v-files.
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Postby jkaram on Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:10 pm

Hey, IWish, what type of protective sleeves and backboards do you use?
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Postby IWish on Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:38 pm

Krystal Seal Brand sleeves; however, I just discovered that Jerry's seems to have since discontinued the 30" x 42" size I previously purchased. I looked for another source for this size and didn't find anything. Maybe you will have better luck.

I can't remember the brand name of the foam board that I purchased. Any acid free foam board will work. The size I purchased was 30 x 42 and looks to be 1/8" thick. I bought 30" x 42" on both sleeves and boards. I used large photo corners (self-sticking) to center my 24 x 36 prints on the boards.

I did not use the photo corner approach on 18 x 24 prints - they are fine without centering w/corners.

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Postby jkaram on Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:24 pm

Very informative. Thanks Wish :clap:
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Postby jkaram on Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:42 pm

Quick update, just got the vertical file in the mail and it works great. This is an excellent alternative to traditional flat files.
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Postby IWish on Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:53 pm

Now you need to start a sticker collection and stick 'em right on the box. :wink: 8)
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