Over the years I have become a repeat customer of Woodpeckers and their One Time Tools. Initially I thought that they were mostly one trick ponies, but as time progressed I ended up buying quite a few of them. Some of the tools come in their own storage cases, but many of the measuring tools do not. I ended up with an unorganized pile of nice tools that I would have to rummage through to find what I needed – if I put them away. Usually, they ended up somewhere on the work surface. Sometimes it was hard to find what I was looking for. When I am using tools out of a relatively small case, I tend to put them back in (or on) the box, which makes them easy to find.
I received an email a couple of months ago that Woodpeckers was selling empty cases that they use for their One Time Tools, but I didn’t look into it soon enough, and they were sold out. I generally don’t like the plastic cases for power tools, but I do like them for grouping small tools together. I figured that there is more than one way to skin a cat, did a little bit of research, and bought a couple of these: Cases By Source B15104F Blow Molded Foam Filled Carry Case. I paid $17 per case (x2), not the $61 currently listed (or else I would not have bought them!).
The cases came with a very soft foam already in them (4 layers, 1 inch thick). I laid out the tools the way I thought they should go, but ended up goofing up the layout after cutting the foam. The foam was too soft for this application, so I went back to the store that has everything (Amazon) and bought two sheets of Kaizen foam, 7/8 inch thick: Fastcap Kaizen Foam.
I cut out a few pieces of 1/4 inch plywood to fit inside the cases and used some Loctite spray adhesive to glue the foam down to the plywood. I ended up making a single layer panel, a double layer panel, and a triple layer panel. The single and double go into one case, the triple goes into the other case. I glued a layer of the soft foam into each of the cases’ lids. Here is what I came up with:
I ended up only needing one of the sheets of Kaizen foam (24 inches by 48 inches). Cutting out the tool profiles requires a very sharp knife, and the blade dulls quickly – I used the 99 cent retractable blade knives sold at Ace (I went through 4 of them). Peeling back the layers of foam is not too hard, sometimes the foam pulls out unevenly, but that is easily fixed. So my grand total for this little project comes to about $60 (including the can of spray adhesive). I already had the plywood, and it really wasn’t needed, except for the removable single foam layer panel.
These have turned out to be very easy to work out of. They are very similar in appearance to the other cases in my shop and so far I like them very much. Let me know if you have any questions.
-- I can complicate anything