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Offline John Hill

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Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« on: April 12, 2011, 09:07:20 PM »
Start with one of these:-


IMGP9216 by aardvark_akubra, on Flickr

...and one of these...


IMGP9215 by aardvark_akubra, on Flickr


....some of your treasured tools and instruments..

IMGP9217 by aardvark_akubra, on Flickr

....covered with a bit of cloth from the t-shirt..


IMGP9219 by aardvark_akubra, on Flickr

...shake up a can of this...

IMGP9218 by aardvark_akubra, on Flickr

...lay it on them..

IMGP9220 by aardvark_akubra, on Flickr

...lay some newspaper over it...

IMGP9222 by aardvark_akubra, on Flickr

....pat it down and squish it around to fill any voids...

IMGP9223 by aardvark_akubra, on Flickr

...put a board over it all and weight it down well..

IMGP9224 by aardvark_akubra, on Flickr


....get a good night's sleep and in the morning..

IMGP9225 by aardvark_akubra, on Flickr





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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2011, 10:19:01 PM »
That, my friend, is brilliant!

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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2011, 10:48:58 PM »
That, my friend, is brilliant!

I agree. Pretty damn cool!
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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2011, 12:57:02 AM »
Great thinking, John!
Can you change the configuration by spraying new foam into the indentations, placing it back into the drawer?
(In other words, the foam bonds to itself, doesn't it? Which allows you to change things.)


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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2011, 01:44:59 AM »
Great thinking, John!
Can you change the configuration by spraying new foam into the indentations, placing it back into the drawer?
(In other words, the foam bonds to itself, doesn't it? Which allows you to change things.)


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No, I dont think you could do that. The foam is not exposed at all as the fabric lines the indentations and is a barrier between the tools and the foam.
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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2011, 02:43:45 AM »
That is a fantastic idea!!  :bow:
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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2011, 04:11:32 AM »
Nice, very good  :clap: :clap:
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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2011, 05:18:14 AM »
What a brilliant idea.


Question, when you put the weighted board on the top is the foam still expanding? Also is the fit snug or can you get your fingers round the tool to get it out of its pocket?
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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2011, 05:29:49 AM »
What a brilliant idea.


Question, when you put the weighted board on the top is the foam still expanding?
Yes, it is still expanding, or it would be without the board on it.


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Also is the fit snug or can you get your fingers round the tool to get it out of its pocket?
Real snug, if you want finger spaces you need to put something with the tool, maybe wrap the tool in cloth or something to increase its bulk a bit without loosing the basic shape.
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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2011, 05:43:55 AM »
Thanks for that. Comfort for my tools is now on the list!!!!
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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2011, 07:31:44 AM »
What a great idea :)

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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2011, 07:59:02 AM »
Now......

THAT'S clever!  :clap: :clap: :thumbup:

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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2011, 08:35:57 AM »
Just a quick heads up for those of us in the UK,  Aldi has expanding foam on offer tomorrow - they must have a crystal ball !

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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2011, 04:53:44 PM »
Wow great idea, I never would have thought of that. Now I just need to figure out how to arange all of my tools.

 I used ship instruments in foam like that for a company that I worked for, just spray foam from a gun in the box lay on some special plastic sheet and press the instrument halfway down into the foam, then cover with plastic sheet and do the top createing a custom fit for each instrument.

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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2011, 05:27:25 PM »
Great idea thank you for sharing  :bow:
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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2011, 06:27:44 PM »
got loads of old t shirts and some foam just need some tools worth looking after  :doh: :doh: :doh:
Very good idea  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Going to make a drawer just for clock guages and measuring stuff  :dremel: :dremel: :dremel: :dremel:

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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #16 on: April 13, 2011, 06:45:08 PM »
Just remember guys,  when you make yours  :worthless:
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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2011, 08:03:44 AM »
What a brilliant idea.


Question, when you put the weighted board on the top is the foam still expanding?
Yes, it is still expanding, or it would be without the board on it.


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Also is the fit snug or can you get your fingers round the tool to get it out of its pocket?
Real snug, if you want finger spaces you need to put something with the tool, maybe wrap the tool in cloth or something to increase its bulk a bit without loosing the basic shape.


Put two round plugs on either side of the tool's grips before you do the molding, that will provide two finger grips for you when it's done.


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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2011, 04:11:24 PM »
Hi John, :nrocks:

I want to thank you for showing me how to protect my copy of Bog's tramming tool! My first attempt was with DAP Door and Window sealant and it was a disaster. Luckily I had wrapped the tool an shrink film as the foam ran through the cloth like it was water. The results shown here was using "Great Stuff" made by Dow Chemical. Of the different varieties I choose the least expensive and here is the result.

The fitted foam.



The enclosure.



All I need now is a bit of paint.



Thanks again for teaching this "Old Dog" a new trick.

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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2011, 07:18:44 PM »
Great idea, must try it.

I'm moving soon and this will be a great way to stop tools rattling around in the tool boxes.

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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2011, 04:36:25 AM »
Hi Joe

That is a nice job!
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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #21 on: May 01, 2011, 04:38:02 AM »
Geoff, I hope the move goes well for you.
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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #22 on: May 21, 2011, 10:08:38 PM »
I must be missing something here. How do I do this in a drawer that has a fixed bottom? Do you make the foam block, then lift it out of the drawer and turn it over?


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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #23 on: May 21, 2011, 11:00:20 PM »
I must be missing something here. How do I do this in a drawer that has a fixed bottom? Do you make the foam block, then lift it out of the drawer and turn it over?



Yes, thats right,  put the tools on the bottom of the empty drawer and drape the fabric over the tools and the drawer sides,  add the foam and have a false bottom handy to put on top of the foam.  When the block is hard lift it out and flip everything over.
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Re: Pamper your tools in a cosy drawer space!
« Reply #24 on: August 30, 2011, 08:55:33 PM »
GREAT IDEA!

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