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A convenient Lego Ruler and Sorting guide you can print at home...

I wanted to share something I designed to help me sort through a lot of Lego as it might be helpful to you too. It's a handy ruler you can use to measure Lego bricks and plates. It is especially convenient for Technic parts such as axles, liftarms and angled connectors.

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A Lego Ruler and Sorting Tool you can print at home


It's designed to fit on both US 8.5x11 inch and European A4 paper, and it has separate rulers for measuring bricks by height and by width.

LINK:
Lego Ruler and Sorting Tool


If it's useful, share it with others, if you have ideas to make it better, let me know! Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Sincerely,
---tom
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Comments

  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,329
    Awesome. Thank you. I printed one out.
  • chuckpchuckp NYMember Posts: 684
    edited March 2014
    ^^ I saw this on your blog post and thought "Wow, that looks really handy". Thanks for posting.

    Also, for those who don't have access to a laminating machine, clear contact paper works too. It's a pain to work with, but it will do the job.
  • Bluefairy_56Bluefairy_56 Member Posts: 320
    I will be printing and laminating this on the weekend. Thank you so much.
  • FenrisAkashiFenrisAkashi Member Posts: 242
    Awesome stuff! Thanks for posting @henrysunset‌
  • kekekekekeke united kingdomMember Posts: 33
    Really useful stuff, thanks!!
  • GentlyBenevolentGentlyBenevolent Member Posts: 336
    Just like to say "DITTO" to the above comments, I have 9 x 48 litre tubs filled with loose Lego, (I have sorted it by colour but not by size/ shape etc. In hindsight this is proberly a mistake!).
    I do use the Lego ruler ( #852759-1 ) but find it a pain, so I have printed 1 off & laminated it, so much easier that the official Lego item.....
    A bit thank you from me.
  • BuriedinBricksBuriedinBricks USAMember Posts: 1,367
    I noticed this on your blog last night. Excellent idea.
  • ACWWGal2011ACWWGal2011 Member Posts: 534

    Just like to say "DITTO" to the above comments, I have 9 x 48 litre tubs filled with loose Lego, (I have sorted it by colour but not by size/ shape etc. In hindsight this is proberly a mistake!).
    I do use the Lego ruler ( #852759-1 ) but find it a pain, so I have printed 1 off & laminated it, so much easier that the official Lego item.....
    A bit thank you from me.


    yea, by color really doesn't work unless as a sub catagory. I do the by type method and only do by color when theres to much in the container
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    edited March 2014
    I am exactly the opposite actually, sort by color mostly, then by type or general size if it makes sense to do so, with some select pieces or family of pieces (technic groups, trans element groups, animals, rare/treasure-ish things, spooky things, etc.) grouped by type, regardless of color. Basically, if any box gets too difficult to root through, it get sorted further (or it gets a bigger box).

    Sorting greatly depends on what and how you build also, so different methods work for different folks.
  • vwong19vwong19 San DiegoMember Posts: 1,187
    Very cool! It looks so clean. Anyone have a Lego color palette that they also use to distinguish between light blue, maersk blue, etc?
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    edited March 2014
    vwong19 said:

    Very cool! It looks so clean. Anyone have a Lego color palette that they also use to distinguish between light blue, maersk blue, etc?

    No such palette would be very useful unless printed out, in which case, no printer out there (even Lego's own) does a very good job of differentiating really close colors like that.

    Then again, you could hold the part up to your screen.

  • ACWWGal2011ACWWGal2011 Member Posts: 534
    Grr. worded that wrong. I should of said "color really doesn't work unless it's paired with a by part method"
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,430
    edited March 2014
    I actually make a color "palette" out of bricks/plates to distinguish between light gray and bley or dark grey and dark bley.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,430
    I'm also very anal about my bricks. I separate them according to time period as well. The molds are different, so I actually look inside the bricks/plates as well. If I need to complete a late 70's early 80's set, I have a parts bin just for that.
  • chuckpchuckp NYMember Posts: 684
    ^ Same here. My old classic space Lego does not get mixed with modern Lego. It just doesn't seem right.
    Pitfall69
  • BobflipBobflip Member Posts: 578
    Nice work! Should definitely come in handy.
    As it happens, I was randomly looking for something similar to this a couple of days ago, but for the rubber bands. Does one of those exist anywhere?
  • GentlyBenevolentGentlyBenevolent Member Posts: 336
    edited March 2014
    I have just noticed 1 little flaw with the ruler on the right hand side, it has 2 "5's" on it, but it is still a brilliant tool & sorry to find fault with your hard work.
    Sorry
  • tomalphintomalphin Member Posts: 247
    @Bobflip‌ , not sure if such a thing exists, but I would certainly be willing to help make one if someone sent me the various sizes.

    @GentlyBenevolent‌, I will fix it and create a version 2.0 sometime soon. Good eyes!
  • bluemoosebluemoose Member Posts: 1,716
    I've kept copies of the dimension guides from this site on my work bench for many years -
    http://onyx.malagraphixia.com/storage/lego_storage.htm
    Drmnez
  • Larrys01Larrys01 Member Posts: 3
    I've used this ruler for a number of years now. It's small and made for Lego & Technic pieces. I find it very handy and I like that it doesn't take up a lot of space. http://www.amazon.com/LEGO-Designer-Includes-Brick-Separator/dp/B004C336NO/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1395585771&sr=8-5&keywords=lego+ruler
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