Tool Drawer Foam

Keep Your Hand Tools Organized and Prevent Them From Getting Banged Around, Dull, or Chipped.

Tool Drawer Foam

Tool Drawer Foam



Here is a great product that you can use to organize and protect hand tools of just about any kind – foam inserts. They're made from expanded polyethylene (EPE), a semi-rigid, closed cell type of foam that has a high degree of dimensional stability, is waterproof, odorless, tear and puncture resistant, CFC-free, ozone friendly, and recyclable. It's also fairly inexpensive.

Workshop Supply has four sizes of these inserts, all in a 24" length, but in two widths (9-1/2" and 18-1/2") and three thicknesses (1-1/8", 2-1/8", and 2-1/4"). You can easily cut them to size with a sharp knife to fit them into whatever size drawers you have. 

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Each insert is comprised of multiple 3/16" layers of EPE. The layers are bonded by heat rather than glue. You don't cut all the way through the insert, but only to a sufficient depth to house the tool. I used a 1-1/8" insert, which is comprised of 6 layers of foam, and made cut-outs for a try square and marking gauge. All told it took me about 5 minutes. 

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One option is to use a magic marker to trace around the tool, and then cut out the shape freehand. However, I chose not to do this as I thought it would be more difficult to cut straight lines. I simply held the tool in place and then using a snap-off utility knife with the blade extended about 3/8", as I only wanted to remove 2 layers of foam, scored around the tool.

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The utility knife blade is about 3/4" wide so it isn't ideal for cutting tight curves. For this I switched to a small shop made knife with a 5/16" wide blade. An xacto knife would also work fine.

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Once the shape was fully scribed I simply teased out the three layers, wedging my finger under the layers and plowing along and then pulling upward on the last bit. If you try pulling the foam you'll likely tear it. 

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I was surprised at how easy, and quickly, the process went, and how clean the edges of the cut-out were.

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For the marking gauge I cut the depth for the head three layers deep, and a single layer for the rod. I found it easy to remove the tools, though if you made very deep cut-outs you might want to out finger inserts as well. Try and cut as close to the tool as possible so that the tool fits snugly into it's recess. I found it helped to keep the knife beveled away from tool while cutting. The 1-1/8" insert worked well with these fairly thin tools. For larger tools, or if you really want to bury the tool into the foam, then the thicker insert would be a better choice.

If you're looking to organize your tools then these foam inserts are well worth considering. 


KEY FEATURES:

  • Made from expanded polyethylene (EPE)
  • Rigid
  • Odorless
  • Waterproof
  • Easy to cut
  • Available in 4 sizes

COMPANY:Workshop Supply
MODEL:20033: 1-1/8" x 18-1/2 x 24"
20034: 2-1/8" x 18-1/2 x 24"
20035: 1-1/8" x 9-1/2" x 24"
20036: 2-1/4" x 9-1/2" x 24"
PRICE:20033: $9.95
20034: $15.95
20035: $4.95
20036: $7.95
MADE IN:Taiwan
SOURCE:Workshop Supply

Author: 
Carl Duguay
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