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How To: Form-Fitting Drawer-Liners from T-Shirts and Canned Foam

From New Zealand hot-rodder, machinist, and active MadModder John Hill comes this form-fitting case for holding tools.

[via MachinistBlog.com]

32 thoughts on “How To: Form-Fitting Drawer-Liners from T-Shirts and Canned Foam

  1.  http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/08/29/20110829arizona-pruning-shears-impalement.html

    How’s that for somewhere to store your shears?

  2. How about using paper mache instead of foam? That would be cheaper and would produce less fumes. Remember to put cling-film over the tools to avoid rust.

  3. Instead of filling the whole drawer with foam, put in a thin layer and then a box on top. This would give you storage area under the tools and use less foam. 

  4. do you just let the foam sit? or do you have to do something to the foam? And can the foam be like insulating foam? Someone please tell me so I can do this, i dont want to get the wrong one. :)

  5. do you just let the foam sit? or do you have to do something to the foam? And can the foam be like insulating foam? Someone please tell me so I can do this, i dont want to get the wrong one. :)

  6. wow. did you have to do anything to compress the foam as it took it’s shape to harden or was gravity enough to get it to form so well?  also, what did you do to make sure the bottom was square when you turned it over to fit into the drawer?

  7. If you actually plan to use the tool and they get dirty, if you can get a hold of an Instapak Quick packet, that would be perfect so you can wipe grease and dirt off of it.

  8. If you actually plan to use the tool and they get dirty, if you can get a hold of an Instapak Quick packet, that would be perfect so you can wipe grease and dirt off of it.

    1. thats what im thinking about making, only for my nerf guns i spend like 4 hours painting them and modding and dont want to keep throwing in a grocery bag and getting banged up

  9. another idea guys, same as above, fabric, and spray foam… but once it dries, get some fiberglass resin and paint it over the fabric… leave it to dry… it will be clear (so ick some fabric you like) and grease wont stick to it

  10. do you need to press it down into the grooves first or does that happen with the expansion? because yours is perfect looking

  11. you have so few tools that you can space them this far apart? in a drawer that size in my shop there are at least 50 different plier/bender/cutter/nipper tools. when I look for tool organization THAT is what I want to organize, and don’t tell me to get more drawers there is no room.

    1. Turn the tools on their side. or look for a different system. no one said this was the end all of tool organization, sheesh, act like the internet exists solely to answer your google requests.

  12. Great idea, if you had 60 tools some one would complain it was not 70. I thank you for the post and will enjoy the idea to make gun cases and special tin gift boxes with nice looking display thanks to your idea.

  13. Great idea, This would work for many different things. Looking forward to trying it. Thanks for sharing

  14. An idea to enhance this great idea, using a round wooden rod, about 1″ in diameter, cut discs the depth of the tools, slice in half for two half circles and place on each side of tool before foaming, for finger grab spots to easily pull tool from foam,when finished.

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I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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