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Toolbox shadow foam

I want to in-lay or "shadow" my tools with a 1/4in layer of foam in the bottom of the drawer- then trace and cut out my tool shapes on a 1/2 layer of another color. Like military/aviation industries.

Can anyone recommend a company that I can order closed cell foam in sheets or short rolls, that isn't stupid expensive? I just want two different colors of foam, in 1/4" and 1/2" thicknesses, maybe 4-6 lbs densities.

The kits that some companies sell for this particular purpose is ridiculously expensive for a few pieces of foam. And the other places that may have the foam don't sell to the public or only have it in black, or 100' rolls.

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The Foam Factory is where I have ordered all my foam. They ship really fast and the quality is great.

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Wal-Mart and other stores sell exercise mats which would work for your project
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Thanks for the replies fellas. I'll look at the foam factory and see what they have. I haven't seen the mats at Wally world- but I'll check 'em out next time I go.

Anyone else do this with their boxes? I know the boxes we had in the Air-wing had the red foam. They wrote the serial numbers next to the tools- but you could easily put socket or wrench sizes or something like that with a sharpie (if the foam's light enough for the marker to show up). I just always thought it was sharp looking- and killer easy to locate and determine what tools are missing.

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I like the idea!

It also reminds me of a photo I saw in an Australian car magazine a few months ago.. it showed the toolkit out of a 1929 Bugatti. The tools and spare spark plugs etc were set into wood.. I'm going to do something similar for the truck I'm currently building.



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i am in the Air Force, so i have plenty of experience with this tool shadowing stuff. It does make your box look really nice, but if you have a lot of tools, it takes up a lot of room as well. I had mine at home fixed this same way, but i used the 1/2 blue insulation foam from Lowes, it was very cheap, cut easy with a dremal and was very strong in the box.
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Anyone else do this with their boxes? I know the boxes we had in the Air-wing had the red foam.
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.
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A bit off topic, but...

I have seen the 5-S stuff in action. Properly done, it does actually work. Works well enough that in the industry I work in (window and door manufacturing), my employer is still going steady and is busy all year, while some other local companies barely work 24 hrs per week.

IMO, however, a better option than using all that foam would be to just work on a better layout for all the stuff you have. I've "preached" this before. I have seen some people who have the huge boxes, and have over half of it filled with needless items. Old carb parts, pinion seals for a '49 Olds, you name it. Some others have a single older "mini" roll-away cabinet and they have only the stuff they need in it.



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I have seen 5S in action also. We throw away new parts only to order them again in six months....great program .

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I have seen 5S in action also. We throw away new parts only to order them again in six months....great program .

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That's why I said, "Properly done". I've seen excess good stuff tossed out too. Great bargains can be had if you know which dumpter to be at....


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I had mine at home fixed this same way, but i used the 1/2 blue insulation foam from Lowes, it was very cheap, cut easy with a dremal and was very strong in the box.
Neato- I've gotta go to Lowes today. I'll try to find that stuff you're talking about. Is it the insulation panels (1/2" rigid foam) that you insulate stuff with?


Right now I've got 4 big tool boxes, and a couple small ones... And they're all (for the most part) empty- no tools in 'em. So, I'm not worried about having extra junk in them- I'm just trying to find a way to keep it organized so I don't get extra junk in them in the first place. I'm not the only one who will use these boxes- so having everything shadowed wouldn't leave much room for error when putting everything back (you know how it goes when friends and neighbors use tools- then you can't find anything!)

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Yep, its the rigid foam panel stuff, i believe it comes in 4X8 sheets, so it will do alot of drawers, it might have been the 1" that i used, either way i cut the "shadow" half the thickness of the panel, holds tools tightly, and make everything pretty! RacerJ
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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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Check THIS page for an idea of what it'll look like. Not really IN a toolbox- but you can imagine

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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.
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