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spartyon 02-21-2010 03:14 PM

Tool Chest Foam Sheets (shadowing)
 
I would like to shadow my most commonly used tools. The problem that I am finding is a way to this on the cheap. I don't want to pay much $ for the "correct" foam. Has anyone done this on a low cost budget? What materials could be considered for this job?

I went to JoAnn Fabrics and all they had was the soft open cell foam, which I am afraid would allow moisture to settle in my tool box.

cobalt327 02-21-2010 03:32 PM

Had played w/the idea myself. See more HERE.
Good luck.

MARTINSR 02-22-2010 02:56 PM

I wouldn't live without this stuff! I LOVE it!

Here is a how-to thread I did here on Hotrodders. (Click here)

Brian

spartyon 02-22-2010 03:45 PM

Brian-

Where did you get the foam from? I was at Wal-Mart today and saw some gym flooring that was 1/2" and also said water resistant. I am thinking of using that stuff and it was WAY cheaper than buying this foam on the web.

MARTINSR 02-22-2010 04:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by spartyon
Brian-

Where did you get the foam from? I was at Wal-Mart today and saw some gym flooring that was 1/2" and also said water resistant. I am thinking of using that stuff and it was WAY cheaper than buying this foam on the web.


I got it at "Bobs foam factory" in Fremont California.

Brian

cobalt327 02-22-2010 04:57 PM

I would comment that not all foams are created equal.

I once used some kitchen no-skid drawer liner material from a dollar store in a small tote box I had in the trunk.

Went back weeks later, the tools that had plastic handles had sort of melted the material, leaving dots of the foam stuck to the tools.

Some foam like the kitchen drawer liners will react w/paint, too.

I seriously doubt the better closed cell foam or whatever it is would have those problems, and would be much better at resisting damage from chemicals than the junk I was dealing with. All the same, I think it would be a good idea to get a sample piece or find out the exact material it's made from and look up the properties to see if it'll hold up to garage use.

A good choice might be neoprene, like HERE, but darn- the PRICE!

I'd like to use the 1/4" and 1/2" for the cut out sheets, then back them with 1/8". Would make for a nice "finished" look.

MARTINSR 02-22-2010 07:03 PM

You are absolutely right. Though the stuff from Sears as well as what I got from "Bob's foam factory" have been great.

Brian

cobalt327 02-22-2010 07:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MARTINSR
You are absolutely right. Though the stuff from Sears as well as what I got from "Bob's foam factory" have been great.

Brian

I'm filing that bit of info away, for sure. Can't beat first-hand experience!

MARTINSR 02-22-2010 07:10 PM

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Originally Posted by cobalt327
I'm filing that bit of info away, for sure. Can't beat first-hand experience!

The Sears kit is pretty hard to beat. Because this isn't "just foam" it wasn't cheap at Bob's. Though it is a bit stiffer and holds it's shape better. The Sears stuff has had a few issues with rolling up where I cut it thin along the side. But all in all for using it every day, it has worked GREAT. I HIGHLY recommend taking the evening to do a draw or two. But be sure you think about it and do some "test runs" if you are serious about your production time. It is VERY valuable in speeding up your work if you ask me.


Brian

trees 02-23-2010 07:35 AM

I have done this in the past year. I went to a local building supply place that buys up all kinds of building materials in bulk and re sells at a reasonable price. Great buys if you are willing to go through it and get the good stuff. He had rolls and rolls of 3/4 inch thick, dense, closed cell foam that the farmers, ranchers, and horse people gobble up to line their stock trailers. Good, durable, padded protection for the animals footing needs and can be hosed out to get rid of the Horse Manure. He also had rolls of thing closed cell foam that make good wrapping materials for packages and I got a bunch of that. I cut out the thick foam to fit my tool box drawers and traced the tool silhouettes on the black stuff. Used a Dremel tool with a rotary bit to do the cut outs. When each sheet was finished. I used 3M General Purpose Upholstery glue to coat the under side and glued to the thin foam to provide a padded bottom for the tools to rest on. I then installed the stuff in the appropriate drawer and placed the tools in their slots. I will take some pics and show the final product. I still have some boxes to complete and not that my last project is finished, I will get back to them. I have less than $25 in materials, excluding the Dremel tool. One of the best investments in the shop!!

Trees

spartyon 02-23-2010 05:57 PM

Well...Ace Hardware had the floor tile mats on sale 6/$9. I cut one up, traced the flat blade screwdrivers, cut them out, and installed them. They really make a drawer look neat. Problem is that my fingers are killing me and I went through 2 razor blades. Fresh blades really make a difference. A new blade goes in like butter. I really like the look. Unfortunately I don't have a picture at the moment but should in a couple of days.

wsdave 02-24-2010 11:43 AM

Best foam idea ever!
 
New guy here, and with a lead in like that, I'd better be good. :cool:

This is an idea I looked at a few years ago, but it was too expensive, so I bagged it.

When your wife goes to florist, they will make her a cute arrangement of flowers in a nice vase with a green block of foam in the bottom. If you touch this foam with your fingers, it will immediately crush, and you'll have grainy foam residue on your fingertips.

I don't recall the technical name for it, but if you say "florist foam" everyone will know what you mean.

Florists can only get it in green block shapes, and in small blocks at that. However, foot doctors also use it for making molds of your arch, which they then send to some company to build your custom arch support. That comes in a 2"-3" thick rectangle shape.

As it turns out, there is some chemical you can paint it with that will turn the surface to a plastic-like finish.

My thought was to get this in 1" thick sheets (and stack several for deeper drawers), cut them to the drawer size, carefully set them in, then simply press the tools in the place and to the depth that you want them. Stick a thumb in on one side and a finger or two in on the other to give yourself a grab point. Lay in all the tools you want (pre-arranging without the foam is a good idea), then CAREFULLY take them out with the thumb and finger points you've created.

Apply the chemical sealer, and you now have an effectively blow-molded case that fits exactly your tools, exactly the way you want them.

IIRC, a 1" thick 4'x8' sheet ran about $300, so with the stacking for the deep drawers, I figured my boxes would end up running about $1,000.

For drawer liners! :pain:

If the big boys did this in bulk as a kit, there would be no tracing and cutting, just lay-out and press fit. And the price would come way down.

Anyway, that my best foam idea ever. :thumbup:

spartyon 03-09-2010 08:19 PM

I finally got off my keister and took some pictures. This is the only drawer that I have done so far.

http://i477.photobucket.com/albums/r...x/100_2029.jpg

http://i477.photobucket.com/albums/r...x/100_2030.jpg

http://i477.photobucket.com/albums/r...x/100_2031.jpg

MARTINSR 03-09-2010 08:42 PM

That's cool, you left a little too much room between them for my taste but hey, looks awesome!

Brian

spartyon 03-09-2010 08:48 PM

I was thinking that too until I played with the drawer. The only one that moves around is the little guy in the middle.


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