|Project by Brett StClair||posted 03-07-2010 09:37 AM||10617 views||15 times favorited||15 comments|
As you can see in the pictures I have organized my toolbox. (pardon the dust in the top portion) This in-and-of-itself is not an extraordinary accomplishment but in case anyone was thinking of doing the same I wanted to share my discovery.
First a bit of background…
When I was active duty in the Air Force we needed to keep perfect control of all of the tools in our shop toolbox for various reasons, not the least of which was making sure that a tool didnt find it’s way to the flighline and potentially causing FOD (Foreign Object Damage). The side benefit in doing this was that in day to day operations I always knew where a 9/16” wrench, for example, was in the toolbox and when I was done I knew exactly where it went when I was done with it. Needless to say I got a bit spoiled being able to quickly find the tools that I needed. The other thing it did was allowed us to quickly inventory the toolbox and see if any tools were missing.
OK fast forward to about 6 months ago…
I had just purchased my new toolbox and I wanted to set something up similar to what I had used in the Air Force. I did a bit of research and discovered that the foam that was used in the tool boxes was pretty freakin expensive. It was like $300 for a sheet.
I then toyed with using cardboard or even wood, maybe painting the cardboard or wood but they just werent going to give the same end result that I really wanted.
So one day I’m walking through Sears (as us woodworkers will tend to do from time to time) and I’m over looking at the thin drawer liners that Sears sells. Just then I happen to look down and sitting right there on the floor was… wait for it…. anti fatigue floor foam. It just happens to come in 2’ x 2’ squares and in this case even had a cool diamond plate look. I thought “THAT WOULD TOTALLY BE COOL LOOKING IN MY TOOL BOX”. Sure enough, I bought a couple of packs ($24 for 6 tiles per pack) and the end result is as you see above. In order to get the contrasting yellow color for under the tools and to hold the foam together after I cut it out I got some thin yellow craft foam from the local craft store. After planning the tool layout I cut the floor foam out with my scroll saw and razor blades and then attached the yellow craft foam to the underside with spray adhesive.
As an ending comment… This floor foam works well for a lot of stuff. I will post my router table in the near future where I created router bit storage using the same concept.
Have a good one everybody!
-- "Make things as simple as possible... but not any simpler." - Albert Einstein