#1 by Hugh Thompson Scott ( deleted ) , Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:27 pm

The "Blue Peter" fanatic strikes again ( a children's magazine programme with handy hints ) here is a relatively cheap way, it
doesn't cost a thing, to convert a throwaway box. The boxes are from dog biscuits, it fits 4 to 5 600' spools, depending on if you use dividers. it is just a case
of measuring up the box to make it square, draw a line around it, split the corners to the line, fold, cut one of the large flaps off
and either cover with paper or paint, I just used blackboard paint, labels later. The card used in these boxes is very high quality,
sturdier than the ones used by Derann, so for a cost of nothing, a decent covering for your film, and brownie points for recycling.
Time taken, no more than ten minutes including painting.

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#2 by Timothy Duncan ( deleted ) , Wed Mar 30, 2016 2:25 pm

Oh, I thought this article was gonna be about me (LOL)! Very ingenious Hugh. I'm anxious to see them after you've attached the artwork. Thanks for sharing the idea.

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#3 by David Hardy ( deleted ) , Wed Mar 30, 2016 2:44 pm

A great tip there Hugh.
Only thing is I need to get myself a dog now or start eating dog biscuits.
Joking aside i wil now start looking at what cardboard boxes i can recycle
into film storage boxes.

David Hardy


#4 by Del Phillipson ( deleted ) , Wed Mar 30, 2016 2:49 pm

Looks like the one that my Pale Rider arrived in, well done

Del Phillipson


#5 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Wed Mar 30, 2016 3:06 pm

Great improvisation work there Hugh sorry, of something every UK resident could very easily get a hold of!

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#6 by Dave Alligan , Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:09 pm

just one thing missing Hugh, some sticky back plastic, but very very good

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#7 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:15 pm

We have these biscuit boxes for our little snow white "Bobby" the Westie, so when we next come to the end of a box, I will try it out for size with 600ft solo boxes inside.

Thanks Hugh, great tip there!😊

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#8 by Tom Photiou , Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:08 pm

Hey thats a blue peter special, what do you do with the toilet roll card and fairy liquid tube
Good stuff there Hugh, thats what i call recycling at its best.

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#9 by Hugh Thompson Scott ( deleted ) , Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:57 pm

I dunno, David Hardy's getting a dog, Dave Alligan's gonna be competition for Val Singleton and her sticky backed plastic, poor
little "Bobby" is going to be living on these things forever, Tom wants to know what to do with his toilet roll tube and Fairy liquid bottle,
its tempting, but it's a family show, and Tim, you're always cheerful, but never cheap, unlike some of the women I've known. Thanks for all those kind words lads, but just take note of your boxes before you burn 'em, A quick snip, does the trick! Which reminds me of one of
the lads I worked with, he showed us his vasectomy one day, boasted about the amount of stitches used, to which one of the gang said,
"Jesus, who was the friggin' surgeon? ......... ZORRO!!"

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#10 by Gwyn Morgan , Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:58 pm

Great ideas I use any thin cardboard boxes I can get and then rolls of brown parcel tape to hold the finished box together,having cut it out to fit the number of reels.
Also found lap top boxes are a good fit for a three reel 1600 ft feature,only got to cut a small section of the box away.
Another hobby "film box making"!!📽📽📽

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#11 by Paul Browning , Thu Mar 31, 2016 12:02 am

I worked with a chap who had the "snip " Hugh, and his "box" was the same colour as your finished article, and walked like midnight cowboy for several days. I'm sure he was told
don't worry this is not painful, as they walked away laughing. A good use of an otherwise thrown away cardboard box, nice one Hugh.

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#12 by Hugh Thompson Scott ( deleted ) , Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:34 am

There were a few lads got it done, like you say, its quick, but not painless, not for me, poor Frank and his "war crime" that he showed
us, looked like Sooty & Sweep had done it.
Incidentaly, IDIOT that I am, the box fits 400's NOT 600's as stated, APOLOGIES lads, my faux pas, or balls up as we say.. Still, the principal is the same, time to check out the next size up.

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#13 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:17 pm

Thanks for the update Hugh. It will be next size up I will keep em peeled for.

Andrew Woodcock


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