Flat Files?

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adamdub
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Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:46 pm

Hey gang. I have a decent amount of unframed work I’d like to keep safe. Anyone know of a decent, cost effective flat file?
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squalie
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Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:44 pm

Try Craigslist > search: flat file, blueprint file, architect file/cabinet.
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Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:35 pm

keep an eye on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and Nextdoor. Flat files are crazy expensive new. Finding the right used flatfile locally might take some patience but it makes storing/collecting soo much easier
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Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:58 pm

Definitely gonna get a better price buying used. You can find ones across the whole range of conditions and prices if you keep an eye on those market places perfect mentioned.
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Fri Jul 17, 2020 3:27 pm

Yup.
Craigslist...
Lots of them.
Don’t buy new.
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Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:04 pm

Can't say enough good things about flat files. Some people on this board have done some cool things with them to make them work in smaller spaces.
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:54 pm

Flat files are the way to go. Your best bet is to find something used through Facebook marketplace or craigslist. I found a 12 drawer wood flat file for $400, but I have seen them go for as low as $50.
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Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:03 am

@thegarage.easton on FB
We just picked up a bunch of vintage architectural flat file cabinets from an engineering firm that was closing shop. 47”wide x 37” deep x 17.5” high per each 5 drawer section. $250 for 5 drawer. $200 for every additional section. $800 for a 4 section stack. We have more sections that aren’t in the photo. These are heavy steel. Some wear, but completely functional. Cash and carry. Garage pick up in Easton, PA.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:58 am

electrachrome wrote:
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:03 am
@thegarage.easton on FB
We just picked up a bunch of vintage architectural flat file cabinets from an engineering firm that was closing shop. 47”wide x 37” deep x 17.5” high per each 5 drawer section. $250 for 5 drawer. $200 for every additional section. $800 for a 4 section stack. We have more sections that aren’t in the photo. These are heavy steel. Some wear, but completely functional. Cash and carry. Garage pick up in Easton, PA.

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these were posted about a month ago. they still had some left as of 2 weeks ago.

also, add "map cabinet" to your searches. you can also call engineers, architects, big construction companies to check. that's how I came across a few locally. cold call and explain you are looking for one, might get lucky.
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