This is kinda off-topic, but here goes. Most all the work we produce anymore
is done on B-size paper (tabloid, 11x17). I get redlines throughout the day
on several different projects for several different engineers. I have been
looking for something like the basic inbox, you know, those stackable molded
plastic things the secretaries use. But I can't seem to find a supplier who
makes them in the larger sizes.
Do any of you have any suggestions? So far I have only been looking in the
basic office supply catalogs.
I do a ton of 11x17 projects too (about 100/year). BTW, I've ordered stuff
before and they've been great.
I don't use the wire baskets (they look sorta flimsy to me?) but I do have
an 11x17 bin for each current project (well, I have 14 bins but need to get
a couple more since sometimes I've got 18-20 projects going at one time).
Anyway, I have the heavy duty 11x17 plastic stackable "inboxes" made by
Eldon (there isn't a model number on them but I could track it down if you
need it). They're just like the common 8-1/2x11 ones, only bigger, much
more sturdy, and deeper (each is 5-1/4"h with a usable height when stacked
of 4-1/2"). They're hard to find and can be sort of spendy (best price I've
ever found was $35 each).
On the topic of good things to use with 11x17 projects......
I have 5 or 6 of the 3 ring binders, though they don't fit inside my
briefcase so I rarely use them. I do use the 11x17 file folders. Once a
project is done it goes into a file folder and is stored in a file cabinet
and then into a bankers box. I don't use the 11x17 hanging file folders but
have considered them, but they run ~$60 for 25 (IIRC) and my "system" seems
to work fine without adding the cost of a bunch of hanging files. Whenever
I give a client prints I always put them into a 12x18 white "stay flat"
(sort of a sturdy cardboard envelope - I order mine from U-Line and they run
~$70 per 100). I had a self inking stamp made with my comapny logo that I
stamp onto the outside of the "stay flat" to dress it up a little. The
"stay flat" helps protect the prints and adds a professional touch.
I have used the 11x17 sheet protectors but other than for a portfolio I
haven't had much use for them. I do give them to builders occassionally for
the job site prints to help keep them from getting ruined so easily.
HTH and I'd love to hear anyone else's ideas for handling 11x17's.
Thanks for the tips, Michael. I looked at 11x17.com but all they carried
were the wire baskets you mentioned. I agree that I would like something a
little more substantial. I tried several searches for something similar from
Eldon, but had no luck. Any help there would be appreciated.
As to other methods of dealing with 11x17, we had a large cabinet with 12
drawers 18" wide by about 14" deep built. These have rails to suspend
hanging files. They work o.k., but the hanging files aren't great if you get
to much weight in them. Also kinda flimsey. But it is better than nothing.
I did a quick look at my bookmarks and found this:
have the trays I use (IIRC, Eldon is owned by Rubbermaid now). They
also sell a set of 5 with a top and casters as a mobile Data/Printer cart.
I've never ordered from them (Keysan) though so I don't can't comment on the