An answer for organizing tools
I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of drawers in my shop that are crammed with tools. It’s difficult to find stuff when I need it, and every time I open a drawer, I’m always worried that my sharp tools are banging around, getting dull or chipped. Especially my new lathe tools.
Jesse Wright sent me a text message recently with a photo of Kaizen Foam. He was writing a review for Tools of the Trade. The minute I saw the stuff, I knew it was the answer.
I called Paul Akers at FastCap and ordered a sample package of each type along with the tools Paul recommended for marking and cutting. Kaizen Foam is not expensive—the thick material I used for my large lathe tools costs about $20.00 for a 2 ft. x 4 ft. sheet; the thinner foam is about half that much.
|Paul also sent me a TriBlade utility knife—the type with the long replaceable blades, and a marking tool—one with a long-nose tip that makes tracing tools a snap, even when you’re drawing on black foam.
|The marker comes with a long cap that protects the entire length of the tip. I was surprised at how dark a line it traced.
I don’t have a lot of free time on my hands, so it was late at night, about 10:30, when I finally had a chance to use the foam in my shop. But working with this stuff isn’t brain surgery—it’s not something you have to do first thing in the morning. In only a few minutes, I had all my lathe tools organized perfectly. Now I’ve got my eye on a few other drawers.