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06-22-2014 09:59 PM
tresi This is pretty much a requirement in the aviation world. I have used cheap methods with poor results. I redid my boxes about 10 years ago with the foam from Closed cell foam for FOD (Foreign Object Damage) Compliance from Cascade Tool & Foam Supply. The foam is still holding up like new, no rips, tears or curling up. Gas, oils and jet fuel clean right off it and does not attack it. It takes a larger tool box to do this but once you do it you will love it. I'm no longer in the aviation industy but still keep my box shadowed. I'm the only person in the shop that doesn't loose tools. It takes less than a minute to inventory the largest toolbox. P.S. if you do your own cutting use a new exacto knife blade and have a good supply of blades. If you have very many tool in a drawer you'll need about 1 blade per drawer.
05-29-2014 12:49 PM
MARTINSR Sears also sells it pretty cheap (about $10 for two drawers) I have a foam place just a few blocks from my work where I got it for my last lining project. no need for special tools and such, wham bam done.

Click on the link before for a full walk thru using stuff you have at home!

05-29-2014 12:48 PM
05-29-2014 12:44 PM
Shadow Foam offer foam liners cut to your drawer size.

They even offer all the tools you need to cut a proffesional liner, including step by step instuctions in a cutting kit.

Checkout the page below for 'cut your own' liners

Cut your own Shadowfoam | Tool Foam Cutting Kits
12-04-2012 10:30 PM
Shadow Foam

This is frigging SPECTACULAR! I have never heard of such a thing. For YEARS I have been trying to placate my OCD needs as it pertains to my tool box. Now I can...can...can... sorry I am a little emotional right now, ORGANIZE MY TOOL BOX! If I weren't at work I would do it right now. Thanks!
11-15-2012 04:02 PM
lumberjacknooj Hey- thanks for sharing your blog! I really enjoyed the tips and walk through of how you did your shadowing; And the tip on the Ozark Trail pads is awesome! Now I have a lead on what to use when I shadow mine. Yeah... I know- it's been 4 years since this thread started, and I STILL haven't done it, lol! I've had my Chevelle for longer, and yet to see it run. I'm just slow (and always broke).

I appreciate the new life you brought to this old topic :-)

11-14-2012 07:25 PM
49 Ford F-3
Toolbox Foam

Here is how I did mine. Aviation Maintenance

06-12-2008 10:30 PM
Originally Posted by Ricoch3T
Any pics of your boxes with the foam? I dunno if I've ever seen it and I've been looking for a way to better organize my box.

check my photo gallery, i posted pics of my toolbox at work, im a apache helicopter mechanic so we are reqd to shadow our boxes.
06-09-2008 04:21 AM
lumberjacknooj Cascade does exactly what you're looking for.

I'm sure there are a few other companies- that was the first that comes to mind though. I'm not sure how they all compare on pricing.

Good luck

06-09-2008 02:02 AM
Do you know the names of the companys that do shadowing. I have 20 boxes that need cnc shadowed.
Here is one source for the foam.

The companies that did it, I have either read in Modern Machinist or in Modern Machine Shop, which both copies are still at work I believe. I'll look when I get there and see if I can post them up. The above source may also do it or know a supplier that would.

Here are a couple of articles that may list someone. I don't have time to read all the way through as I am off to the shop
06-08-2008 04:13 AM
Originally Posted by Kevin45
A lot of places do it any more. In factories it is part of what they call 5S (five-s) It has to do with cleaning , organizing, blah, blah, blah. But putting the tools in foam is now the "big" thing to do. So large in fact that there are now companies out there, that if you give them a list of the tools that you have, the drawer sizes, they will CNC cut foam to your tools or you can submit drawings for them to make it to.
Do you know the names of the companys that do shadowing. I have 20 boxes that need cnc shadowed. mmanson
03-20-2008 07:55 AM
lumberjacknooj BOTH, Ricoch3t!

Have you ever seen those pool toys called "noodles"? The foam I've seen used for shadow foam is just like that; Firm closed cell foam, and easily cut with a razor knife. Your tools fit into it like a hand in a glove! As for ease of use- it's awesome! No tools rattling around or sliding, or mixing up. It's always where you left it. Everything is organized and easily grabable. You may have to get creative when shadowing tiny or very thin tools, so that you don't have to "dig" 'em out of the foam.

One of the coolest parts about the foam is that when you look through your tool box- you can immediately see which tools are missing. You can label every tool right next to it on the foam (with a sharpie, if you use light enough colored foam- red foam works good) so grabbing the right size will only take a glance. And when other people use your tools, they'll know exactly where to put 'em back

03-19-2008 12:45 PM
Ricoch3T fancy, easy to use your tools when they are in that stuff? or mainly for looking at?
Reason I ask is I'd like to have something that looks that nice, but be able to grab tools fast when I need them.
03-18-2008 05:23 PM
lumberjacknooj Check THIS page for an idea of what it'll look like. Not really IN a toolbox- but you can imagine

03-17-2008 10:34 AM
Ricoch3T Any pics of your boxes with the foam? I dunno if I've ever seen it and I've been looking for a way to better organize my box.
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