Folder + Hymnal storage
  • Currently, our choir has folders and hymnals in stacks on a table. It's disorganized, and quite laborious/messy for members to quickly locate their numbered folder.

    So, we're looking for a good bookshelf or media shelf with dividers that fit a 1" folder (sized 12"x12"...standard, Avery black folder) and a Gather hymnal. Unfortunately, I had no idea how hard it is to find a bookshelf with small dividers, with appropriately sized spaces. Does anybody have any suggestions for choir folder+hymnal storage bookshelves?
  • CharlesW
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    You can spend a lot of money with companies that provide church furniture. I happened to have a couple of good hobby carpenters in my parish that could make what I needed at a much lower cost.

    As a librarian, I am familiar with your choir's filing system. We call it the "flingit" method - they fling it here, they fling it there... Nice to know my choir is not the only one that does that.
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  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    Let your flingers do the walking wailing ...
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  • Why not let your choristers take their folders home? That way they can practice on their own between rehearsals. :)

    (In my experience, that doesn't seem to work well either.)
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  • Carl DCarl D
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    I agree with Charles. This would be easy for an amateur carpenter, especially if you don't need great beauty.
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  • I agree that a local carpenter is your best bet, but that could take a while. If you want a quicker (and cheaper) solution, buy a bunch of metal bookends and arrange them to make slots along a table, counter, or shelf. It's certainly not ideal aesthetically, but it will work.
  • Ben YankeBen Yanke
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    Not sure I fully understand... Wouldn't any standard bookshelf work? Why the need for a "choir bookshelf?" Try checking things like craigslist.
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  • Ben, he wants one with dividers so there is a cubicle for each chorister's music. It's very hard to find shelves with this configuration because of the dimensions of a three-ring binder. Storing a binder on its spine or outer edge usually isn't a good idea. My suggestion of using bookends as dividers would work with a bookcase if the shelves were adjustable or else at least 13" apart.
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  • G
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    Levengers used to make what they called a "project box," which was almost perfect, but awfully expensive.
    Short, low cost mdf book cases with numerous additional shelves and pins would be a quick IKEA/Target/Walmart solution. I have (too) many 3-ring binders of music at home, and many, about 30 can be stored flat on a fifteen dollar case with the shelves and spoon pins from another added to it.

    I have also used what is called a "pot lid rack" to organize file folders of music at Church.

    (Save the Liturgy, Save the World)
  • Adam WoodAdam Wood
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    image
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  • JulieCollJulieColl
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    Really cool cabinet.
  • @Ben: as seen above, the idea is a slot for every person

    @Adam: Is that from an advertisement? Those are 30 of the absolute whitest names you could possibly imagine; that must be Miss Bianca McWhitely's class.
  • Carl DCarl D
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    That picture looks like it's cardboard, so it would start falling apart after a month. I made a similar configuration out of MDF and Masonite in routed slots for the various papers I use. Took a couple of hours and was no big deal.
  • @Adam: Exactly! That's what I'm looking for. Do you know where this was purchased from?
  • Ben YankeBen Yanke
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    I see. Makes more sense.
  • chonakchonak
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    A search for "office mailbox" brings up various versions of the above in various materials. The cardboard model depicted above costs $28.
  • Adam WoodAdam Wood
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    Click the picture - it's a product pic.
    That one is cardboard. They make wooden ones too.
    And plastic.
  • The problem is that most of them (such as the model pictured above) will not fit 12-inch-wide folders like the OP's. I poked around a bit, couldn't find a model with compartments that wide.
  • chonakchonak
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    Well, you could go for shelving units with quite large segments, e.g., this.
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  • If you don't know Wenger, they sell all sorts of music program "extras" from modular practice rooms to music stands.
    They have a line of music folio cabinets:

    http://www.wengercorp.com/storage/mobile-folio-cabinets.php

    They are expensive, but the quality is good. I have one that is still being used since our church was built 30 years ago.