The Roly Kit storage box. I vaguely remember seeing these things from my childhood, sometime in the 80′s, but that was a long time ago. I think I had totally abolished these things from memory…until a year or two ago, when one of our members brought one to hack night filled with lots and lots of electronic components. We’ve all used the tiny drawers for parts storage, like the ones on our workbenches. I even have a more modular one that has a handle to carry it around, but nothing compares to the storage capacity of the Roly Kit.
After admiring the sleek rolling storage for so long, I finally decided that I had to have one. Doing a little research, it appears these things were invented sometime in the 70s, and made by a company in the Netherlands. Sadly, the only reliable place I’ve seen them for sale is eBay, and occasionally a thrift shop. They appear to come in a few colors and 2 different sizes (‘big’ and ‘medium’). If you’re a maker and need a nice travel friendly holder for all your resistors / caps / knobs / switches / 555 timers, I recommend you snag one up too.