- 1) Create a Layout Before Cutting Foam
- 2) Make a Shadow Board for Your Tool Box
- 3) Use a Drywall T-Square to Draw Lines
- 4) Use the Right Tools for Cutting Foam
- 5) Cut Finger Holes for Easy Pick Up
- 6) Cut a Horizontal Strip for Easy Pick Up
- 7) Save Space by Putting Small Tools Close Together
- 8) Alternate Handle Directions to Save Even More Space
- 9) Don’t Forget Spaces for Cords and Batteries
- 10) Use Thick Foam for Larger Tools
- 11) Cut Thick Foam with a Retractable Blade
- 12) Cut Out Shapes in Sections
- 13) Purchase Large Foam Sheets to Save Money
- 14) Use Foam Scraps as Tool Box Drawer Dividers
- 15) Make an Upright Wrench Organizer
- 16) Color Coordinate for Tool Identification
- 17) Carve Custom Drawer Inserts with a Dremel
- 18) Put Your Metal Tools in the Oven
- 19) Add Labels to Tool Box Foam
- Conclusion – Make Custom Tool Organizers Work for You
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If you work with a lot of tools, you know they can quickly get disorganized. This happens to mechanics and carpenters at work, to businesses where people share equipment, to drivers who keep a tool box in their trucks, and to homeowners who have tools for work in the garage or the garden. In some large workplaces, tools can even get stolen. The key to keeping everything where it needs to be is figuring out how to organize tools logically.
The best solution for visable identification of missing tools.
In many cases, the best tool box organizer is the one you customize yourself. Toolboxes and tool chests are all a little different, and the ways people use tools and the frequency with which they use them vary. The first step to getting organized is selecting a foam tool kit or other tool foam product. Then you can tailor this foam to fit your needs. You can create a single tool tray organizer or drawer organizer. You can also cut foam for every drawer in your tool chest.
To help you find the perfect tool organization solution, we’ve put together a list of 19 tips and hacks to inspire you. These tool box organizationideas include advice for making the most of your foam, tips for cutting foam, and hacks for using foam in unique ways. Keep reading to find out how you can create the tool organizer you’re looking for.
1) Create a Layout Before Cutting Foam
No matter what type of foam liner you’re working with, you’ll likely have to cut it to fit the drawers of your tool chest and to fit your tools. To maximize your foam and achieve the best possible layout, don’t start cutting until you have a plan.
First, lay out every tool you want in a drawer on top of the foam. Stop and consider what the best arrangement will be. Try putting tools you use together near each other. You might want to place tools you use more frequently closer to the front of a drawer were you can access them more quickly. Once you have the layout you want, trace all the tools using a pen, pencil, or marker. Then you can start cutting.
This tip sounds simple, but it’s some of the best advice about cutting tool foam. If you start cutting without a plan, you’re more likely to space tools poorly and end up wasting material.
2) Make a Shadow Board for Your Tool Box
Toolbox foam comes in several styles, sizes, and colors. Some types of foam are single color—often called foam drawer liners—and some contain two colors. These foam tool organizer kits with two colors have a dark top layer of foam—usually black or blue—and a bright bottom layer. When you cut out the shapes of your tools on the top layer and place it over the second layer, that bright second layer shows through. This arrangement functions like a shadow board (which people tend to associate with hanging on walls; whenever a tool is missing from your drawer, you’ll know immediately it’s not where it belongs.
Tool box shadowing foam takes tool organization to the next level by calling out what you’re missing. This is especially useful if you take your tool box with you to more than one location. At the end of the day, you can pack up and know you have all the tools you came with. If you work in an area where foreign object damage (FOD) is a concern, shadow boards can make a big difference.
These shadow foam kits are also ideal for facilities using Lean manufacturing practices such as 5S. 5S is a systematic approach to organization and housekeeping that advocates that there should be “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Multi-colored tool foam can help facilitate this type of program.
3) Use a Drywall T-Square to Draw Lines
When you outline small tools, drawing straight lines probably won’t be a concern. You can easily trace the tool itself. If you need to draw long, straight lines to cut a piece of tool foam to size, though, a straight edge such as a drywall T-square can make the task a lot simpler.
Align the short end of the T-square with the edge of your foam and cut along the length of the device. Your edges will be perfectly straight, so your tool box foam inserts will fit snuggly into the drawers of your tool box.
4) Use the Right Tools for Cutting Foam
Most foam tool organizers and tool foam sheets are made from cross-link, closed-cell foam that’s resistant to water and chemicals. They’re made from durable materials, but that doesn’t mean cutting the foam will be too difficult. You just need the right tools.
In most cases, a simple tool such as a utility blade or X-Acto knife can cut your tool foam. These blades are fairly small, which allows you to cut small shapes without too much trouble.
You can also use a heavy-duty foam hot knife for foam cutting. You can make clean, precise cuts with these knives. They’re helpful for large cutting projects and for cutting through thick foam.
5) Cut Finger Holes for Easy Pick Up
If a tool fits snugly into tool box foam, it can be difficult to pick it up quickly. You don’t want to leave too much space around a tool because it could slide around, though. An effective way to fix this problem is to cut a semi-circle on each side of a tool’s handle that lets you reach in and grab it.
You can cut this circle with a knife, but it’s even easier to do so with a hole punch (the metal kind you would use to cut perfect circles in plastic, leather, wood, and other materials). Before you punch the hole for a tool, though, make sure you cut out all the shapes on your foam sheet. This way you can assess the space you have and figure out the most logical place to put the hole for easy tool pick up.
6) Cut a Horizontal Strip for Easy Pick Up
In some situations in makes more sense to cut a strip through all of the tools in a drawer so you can pick any of them up easily. This works if you have a drawer of wrenches, for example, where you have wrenches of many sizes placed close together. The wrenches might be too close together to use the hole punch method, and the horizontal strip method will likely create a cleaner finished product.
Consider using a straight edge to trace this line and cut the foam so it neatly bisects your tools.
7) Save Space by Putting Small Tools Close Together
Tool box foam sheets work great for organizing smaller tools that would otherwise be thrown together in a drawer. When these tools are neatly arranged using foam, you can find the size you need without digging through a jumble of tools. This method is useful for creating DIY wrench organizers, socket organizers, and screwdriver organizers. You can see an example of a pliers organizer below.
When you lay out your small tools on the foam, you can maximize space by fitting the tools close together. Either place them next to each other in a line facing the same direction or fit them together like puzzle pieces. You may want to try several layouts before settling on the best option.
8) Alternate Handle Directions to Save Even More Space
Another method for organizing drawers with small tools is to alternate the direction of tools to maximize space. This works well for pliers, screwdrivers, and other tools with a narrow end and a wider end with a handle.
It’s often a good idea to maximize space this way, but you don’t have to cram everything into a drawer if that doesn’t make sense for you. Sometimes spacing tools out among multiple drawers will be more logical for your application. Select a layout that gives you the organized tool box you’re looking for.
9) Don’t Forget Spaces for Cords and Batteries
When you plan tool box foam layouts for power tools, don’t forget to make spaces for cords and batteries. Cutting out spaces for these accessories will prevent them from getting lost and it will prevent damage to cords. Cutouts for cords don’t need to be perfectly shaped, but they do need to be big enough to fit the cord. Make sure to lay the cord out and trace it so you’ll be able to fit it into the space without trouble in the future.
10) Use Thick Foam for Larger Tools
Foam tool kits work well for small to medium-sized tools, but for larger tools such as drills you’ll probably need thicker foam. It also makes sense to use this thick foam in the deeper drawers of your tool chest so tools don’t sit too low in the drawers.
Thick tool control foam is often constructed of thinner layered foam sheets glued together, so you can cut out several of the layers and fit a tool into the foam without cutting all the way through the foam. This means your tools will be protected from damage on the bottom, too.
5S Guide: Improve efficiency with effective organization
When the workplace is a mess, processes slow down. 5S, a systematic method for workplace organization, keeps spaces clean and clear of clutter so processes run more efficiently. This 5S Guide explains the steps of a 5S program, how to start a program, and what tools you’ll need to make 5S a success.
11) Cut Thick Foam with a Retractable Blade
Using a retractable blade to cut thick foam will help you cut out the exact depth you need without cutting through the foam. Before you start cutting, measure the blade against the side of the object you want to place in the foam. Make sure the blade depth matches the depth of the object. Then you can start cutting.
If you fit the object into the foam and it sticks out too much on top, you can always go back and remove another thin layer of foam from the bottom of the section you’ve already cut out. It’s best to be conservative when cutting foam so you don’t accidentally cut out too much right away.
12) Cut Out Shapes in Sections
For some tool shapes, it will be easier to cut out the foam in sections rather than cutting out an entire shape at once. This is usually wise when you’re cutting out large shapes. It’s also useful when you cut out intricate shapes and want to be careful not to tear the foam. To begin, try cutting out small sections at a time. Move slowly along the shape in a way that makes the most sense. Whatever method you use, avoid trying to remove shapes too quickly, as doing so can cause damage.
13) Purchase Large Foam Sheets to Save Money
You can purchase foam tool kits or foam drawer liners sized to fit the drawers of your tool box. If you plan to use foam in many drawers, though, it’s often more economical to buy a large foam sheet or foam kit and then cut it to fit several drawers. You’ll probably have some foam scraps left over after your project, but you’ll also probably spend less money.
If you go this route, use a tape measure to find out the exact sizes of the drawers you want to organize. Then measure these out on your foam in a configuration that utilizes the space in the best way. Find a straight edge (such as a ruler or the T-square mentioned above) to help you neatly cut your foam.
Once you’ve cut your sheets, drop them in your drawers to make sure they fit before proceeding with your tool layouts.
Depending on the type of tool box you have, you may be able to purchase tool box drawer organizers specifically for Craftsman, Husky, Snap-On and other brands. This method of purchasing a large sheet of foam will allow you to make organizers for any kind of tool chest, though, regardless of brand or model.
14) Use Foam Scraps as Tool Box Drawer Dividers
You might have small objects you store in your tool box that don’t need their own cutouts and can be stored as a group. Maybe you’d like a small square section of a drawer where you can keep screws or nails while you work. To create a divided space, try using foam scraps. Cut thin strips of foam and turn them vertically so they serve as dividers. These DIY tool chest drawer dividers will serve a unique function and use up some of those foam scraps you otherwise wouldn’t have a use for.
You can also use scraps of foam as padding around the edges of drawers.
15) Make an Upright Wrench Organizer
Another way to save space in your tool chest is to turn both foam and tools on their sides and create an upright tool organizer. This works well for smaller tools such as wrenches, as you can see in the image below. It can even provide the extra space to store both your metric and standard wrenches.
To do this, measure the depth of your tool drawer and your tools (when they’re on their sides). Make sure the tools will fit in the drawer at this angle. Next, measure strips of foam that are the length of your drawer and whose width matches your drawer’s depth. For example, if your drawer is three inches deep and 15 inches wide, cut strips that are 3” x 15”. Now you should cut slits into the foam to fit your tools into. Cut the slits deep enough that the tools fit snugly. You will probably want to measure this depth and test it with one of your tools. Before you cut all the slits, count how many tools you have and space the slits evenly.
When you’re finished, you will be able to fit many more tools in one drawer than you would if the tools were laying flat.
16) Color Coordinate for Tool Identification
When you store more than one kind of tool in a drawer, you might want to consider using different colors of tool box foam inserts for the sections where you will store different tools. For example, you could use blue foam for screwdrivers and black foam for pliers. If you use foam tool kits with two layers, the entire top layer could be black and the bottom layer could incorporate several colors of foam such as red and yellow. That way people can see even from a short distance away whether a screwdriver or pliers is missing from the drawer.
Alternatively, if you don’t store more than one type of tool in each drawer, you can still color coordinate by using a different color foam or different color backing in separate drawers.
Color coordination is especially useful for 5S programs or for workplaces where people share tools. It allows everyone to quickly find what they need and then return it where it belongs when they’re done with it. Less wasted time and wasted motion.
You might encounter foam for sale under the name 5S foam sheets, but any colored foam can be used to help color coordinate for 5S. Just make sure to educate everyone in your facility about the color scheme you choose.
17) Carve Custom Drawer Inserts with a Dremel
If you have a Dremel rotary tool with a depth accessory, you can turn it into a plunge router to carve out spaces in your tool foam. This will take you beyond having a foam cutting tool to having a foam shaping tool capable of more detailed work. This is useful when you want to carve into thick sheets of foam or when you want to have a very snug fit for you tools. When you use your Dremel as a plunge router, you can cut varying depths into the foam so it molds to your tools, making for a very custom fit.
To do this, install a multipurpose bit in your Dremel and then screw a depth accessory over it (Dremel rotary attachment part number 565 or 566, depending on which model Dremel you have). By adjusting the depth accessory as needed, you can then carve out foam using the bit. To achieve the best fit for your tools, carve slowly to get the shape and depth you want and test out how the tool fits the shape as you go along.
While this method of cutting foam is ideal for thick layers of foam, you can also use it to cut into two-layered foam tool kits. You might want to do this to get a snug fit for taller tools while still having the shadow board effect with a bright background layer.
18) Put Your Metal Tools in the Oven
This might sound bizarre, but if you don’t like tracing, here’s an alternative for outlining tools on foam that involves an oven. Keep in mind, this only works for tools without rubber or plastic parts.
First, mark where you want your tools on your foam (even if you don’t trace them, at least indicate their general position). Then “bake” your tools on a cookie sheet for 30 minutes in a 350-degree oven. Carefully remove the hot tools one by one and place them on the foam sheet. The tools will melt the foam beneath them, creating indentations. (If you don’t have access to an oven, you could also try using a toaster oven or heat gun to heat up the tools.)
Once the tools and foam have cooled, remove the tools and cut out the imprinted shapes.
19) Add Labels to Tool Box Foam
The methods we’ve described above for using bright colored foam to highlight missing tools help people identify where tools belong. It can also be helpful in shared tool storage areas to add small labels next to each tool’s cutout naming the tool. This can make finding and returning tools even faster, especially for people who may be less familiar with the current tool arrangement or the tools used.
Labels of this nature can also be placed on the outside of tool drawers, tool chests, and tool storage cabinets so people can find the type of tool they’re looking for.
Conclusion – Make Custom Tool Organizers Work for You
An organized space tends to be a more productive space where fewer mistakes are made, and organizing your tools is a simple way to make your space an easier place to get work done. All spaces are unique, though, which is what makes a customizable organizational tool like tool box foam a solution that can work for almost anyone.
To get started, find appropriate foam products. We recommend checking out foam tool organizers (which come with two sheets of contrasting colored foam), foam drawer liners (a single sheet of foam), and thick foam tool organizers (for deeper drawers or larger tools). For safely storing items that could be damaged by electro-static discharge, take a look at ESD anti-static thick tool foam organizers. You can also get the appropriate foam cutting accessories (https://www.creativesafetysupply.com/foam-cutting-accessories/), too.
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Whether you run an auto mechanic shop, a manufacturing facility or any other business that uses tools, you know that organization is absolutely essential. Having your tools properly organized can help everything to operate more smoothly, reduce the risk of lost or stolen tools and even help ensure tools are not damaged.
While at first glance it may not seem like it, one of the best ways you can improve the organization of your tools is by using a foam organizer. In fact, there are an almost endless number of ways that this item can help you and your facility. Take a moment to read through the following 101 great hacks for getting the most out of your tool foam organizers in your facility.
Tool Box Shadowing Foam
Missing tools are much easier to see when they have a bold yellow background. As you can see from this picture, every tool has its own predetermined place. The bright yellow backing behind the tool box shadowing foam will help you to immediately identify which tools are in use or missing.
Foam Socket Organizer
One of the hardest items in the shop to keep track of is all your sockets. These small pieces can easily get misplaced or forgotten about over time. With a foam socket organizer like the one seen below you can quickly identify which pieces are missing and either track them down or get them replaced. The foam will also hold them securely and organize them based on size to ensure workers can get the ones they need without any delay.
Tool Chest Drawer Dividers
Many people associate foam organizers with hanging on the wall, but that is not always the case. This tool chest drawer divider can go in just about any drawer to help keep it nice and organized. Foam organizers can come in almost any size so placing them in your tool chest is a great way to keep the chest neat and clean. When added to your chest you will have different sections for each type of tool, which also makes it much faster and easy to locate exactly what you need.
Tool Chest Drawer Organizer
If you have specific tool chests dedicated to specific types of tools, or even individual drawers for each tool type, a tool chest drawer organizer is a great option. Using this type of organizer your tools will always be exactly where they belong. The foam is cut to snugly hold each tool, which helps to ensure only the right tools can fit in each slot for further organizational help. Combine this great item with a label on each drawer to show what type of tool is in it and your employees won’t waste another minute looking for the tools they need.
Tool Shadowing Foam
Tool shadowing foam uses a high contrast color background with a dark (typically black) main foam with the tool outlines. One of the best things about this type of organizer is that in addition to keeping everything in its place, it also allows you to see what is missing from a distance. Employees can, for example, glance up at the foam organizer from across the shop and see whether or not the necessary tool is available for use. This cuts down on wasted motion, which is one of the key components to 5S implementation so this item can help with that type of initiative too!
Craftsman Tool Chest Organizer
When it comes to tools, few names are as well-known as Craftsman. They don’t, however, stop at just making your favorite tools. Thy also make a variety of Craftsman tool chest organizers that you can add to almost any of their high quality tool chests. These organizers are made specifically for their tools, but can work on others as well making them an ideal solution for your facility.
Toolbox Socket Organizer
Whether you have just a few sockets or you’ve got hundreds, a toolbox socket organizer is a great option for when you are taking your tools with you on the go. Sockets can quickly get all mixed up in a toolbox if you’re not careful, and that’s why this type of organizer is the ideal choice for plumbers, carpenters, general contractors and many others. Your sockets will be in the right spot every time you need them so you don’t waste any time while you’re on the job. This will also help you to quickly confirm that you have them all before you leave a job site so you don’t accidently leave some behind.
Toolbox Shadow Foam
Keeping your toolbox organized is essential for working efficiently while out on the job. Having toolbox shadow foam in place will not only keep everything looking nice and clean, but will also help you to see if any tools are missing or out of place with just a glance. This can help you to quickly confirm you have everything you need before you leave the shop so you don’t have to make an unnecessary trip back because you forgot an important tool.
Socket Drawer Organizer
As mentioned above, sockets are difficult to keep organized if you are not intentional about it. When you are working in a shop with many people, having them properly organized by size and type is critical. There are many different socket drawer organizers available, most of which will allow you to separately organize metric and standard versions for even easier use.
Foam Drawer Liner
For many tool chests and other storage areas you don’t need to have too thick of a piece of foam to keep your tools in place. A simple foam drawer liner will be sufficient to ensure the tools don’t roll around while people are opening and closing the drawer. Even with its thinner design it will still ensure all tools have their own spot for exceptional organization.
Tool Box Foam Inserts
You can have custom tool box foam inserts made for your tool box, or you can even make your own at home. This is a great way to help organize your tool box, obviously, but it can be much more too. You can select whatever color foam you want for a customized look or to further improve organization. No matter what type of tool box you have, or what tools you’re using, it is quick and easy to have your own foam insert made to keep the tools safe.
How to Organize Tools in a Tool Chest
There are many different ways to learn how to organize tools in a tool chest. One of the most effective options for most people is going to be using foam tool organizers. While there are many pre-made foam options out there, some people will want to do it on their own. This is quick and easy with high quality foam that you can cut on your own.
Foam Drawer Organizer
Creating your own foam drawer organizer is far easier than most people would think. When making them, however, you want to get the most out of every inch of drawer space that you have. Take some time to plan out what you are going to do so you can get the best results the first time. Whether you only have one drawer, or many, using an organizer like this will help keep everything in its proper place.
How to Organize Your Tool Chest
If you’re like many people, organizing a tool chest consisted of little more than pushing your tools around until the drawers would close. If you want to become more efficient, and keep your tools safer, make sure you learn some important tips on how to organize your tool chest. The first step is to get the quality foam organizers you need. Next, plan out exactly where you want your tools to go. Organizing them by type and by size is going to help ensure you always know where everything should be.
Toolbox Drawer Organizer
There are many options to consider when you are looking for a toolbox drawer organizer. Finding the one that works for you can be difficult. As you have seen in the previous entries, foam organizers are great, but they aren’t the only option. You can also use snap in place organizers or even magnetic options. Many people use these other options along with foam organizers for the added protection and convenience in their toolboxes.
Tool Chest Organization Ideas
If you’re looking for the best tool chest organization ideas, you’ve come to the right place. You can use foam organizers to split your chest up by color of foam, color of background or just about anything else. Of course, the best tips are going to be to make sure you keep similar types of tools all in the same general area. This will help not only keep everything organized, but also ensure you know exactly where to go for every tool in your chest. Using a piece of foam vertically can provide additional segmentation to keep the tools in their place.
Toolbox Wrench Organizer
When you’re working in a shop you know that there are dozens of different sized wrenches. In addition, each size typically comes in either standard metric styles. For this reason, you need to make sure your toolbox or chest is well organized. You can split the types of wrenches up by using multiple colors of foam organizers, or just having different heighted backgrounds for each type. You can even use labels to mark the sizes for improved organization. The important thing is that you use a toolbox wrench organizer of some type to keep everything in its place.
Toolbox Foam Organizer
When you’re making a toolbox foam organizer at home, make sure you keep the foam tight enough to hold your tools securely, yet still have enough room to fit your fingers in to remove the tool easily. Sometimes just leaving space around one section of the foam is sufficient. Remember, it is for your tools so come up with a solution that will make it easy to keep your tools safe, yet each to access.
Tool Chest Organizers
When using foam tool chest organizers, make sure you put the handle end of the tool openings facing the opposite sides of each other. This will ensure you are making the most efficient use of the room you have. In many cases, it will also leave enough room in the middle to put some extra tools. Experiment with putting your tools on angle too for added options.
Craftsman Tool Organizer
There are many options when it comes to craftsman tool organizers. Craftsman makes many of them, but you can also create your own. One common idea people have when trying to keep their Craftsman tools safe and organized is placing a protective layer of foam over or under them while not in use. This helps them from getting bumped around and also keeps them cleaner than would otherwise be possible. Look through all the different Craftsman tool organization options available and find the ones that are right for you.
Tool Tray Organizer
Using a tool tray organizer is very helpful for your actual tools, or the items you use with them. You can have a tray that contains essential tools such as screw drivers and wrenches as well as the items they are used with, including screws, bolts and nuts. Having every item with its own spot in your tool tray will make your jobs go much more quickly and easily every time.
How to Organize a Tool Chest
If you’re thinking about how to organize a tool chest there are quite a few points to consider. First, you want to make sure you have enough room so that every tool can have its own place. This may require you to have additional drawers or chests to accommodate. Next, organizing your tools by type is very important. If you’re using foam tool inserts for the chest drawers, make sure you leave room to grow so that you can keep like tools near each other.
Tool Organizer Foam
Using tool organizer foam is one of the best ways to keep tools in their place and safe. These organizers are commonly put into drawers or toolboxes, but there are other options as well. Since the foam is nice and firm, you can hang these organizers on a wall for easier access. You can even hang them over the edge of a machine or on a gate. Wherever the tools will be used, you can conveniently store them close by.
How to Organize Tool Chest
There are many options to choose from when learning how to organize a tool chest. Some people like to have a different tool chest for each type of tool. Others label drawers based on what is in them. Once you get into the drawers or cabinets, however, you need to make sure the tools are kept in their place. This can be done with hooks, magnets or foam organizers. The foam organizers are often the least expensive, and most effective option available.
Foam for Tool Box Drawers
When using foam for tool box drawers you will quickly learn that it comes in many different colors. Some people think this is only based on preference, but it is actually a great way to improve overall organization. For example, you can use red for wrenches and yellow for screwdrivers. Another option is to have one color for the foreground and another for the background. This will help ensure you have a properly organized system that will cut down on wasted time and energy throughout the work day.
Craftsman Toolbox Organizer
Craftsman tool organizers are used by people from all walks of life. In this video you can see how an F-18 aircraft mechanic keeps his toolbox organized. He uses foam organizers to keep every tool he has (there’s a lot of them!). In the video he brings up an important point. Having foam organizers not only keeps your tools from going missing, but also helps ensure you don’t accidently leave any tools inside of the items you’re working on.
Socket Wrench Organizer
When you use the right design, you can fit dozens of wrenches in a fairly small space. While most people lay their wrenches down flat, with a foam socket wrench organizer, you can lay them on their side so they take up a fraction of the space for each tool. This is a great space saving technique for those who don’t have endless drawer space in their home, or even in the workplace.
Shadow Board Foam
Many types of foam organizers use the shadow board to make tools more visible. You can use this effective strategy to improve organization and help keep track of your tool inventory. This is especially effective when you are storing a large number of tools and you want to be able to see what is missing at a glance. Using this type of shadow board foam can help to eliminate wasted time and lost tools in your facility.
Cascade Tool and Foam
Cascade Tool and Foam is a woman owned business operating out of Hillsboro Oregon. They sell 6 pound, 4 pound, and self adhesive backed foam. They sell foam in blue, yellow and red in a variety of different thicknesses.
Finding the right foam ratchet organizer can be a challenge, which is why so many people turn to custom solutions. This allows you to easily fit in all your tools in a logical way. As you can see below, each of these is organized by type and size to help eliminate the delay caused by searching for each item for your ratchet set.
Foam Drawer Organizers
Using foam is a great way to improve the organization of your tool chest or any other area. By creating your own foam drawer organizers you can effectively organize tool drawers, office supply drawers or anything else that you need. It is an easy and affordable way to get your business more organized than ever before.
Tool Box Organizer Foam
Whether you have a small personal tool box, or something much larger for a professional situation, you need to keep it organized. With custom tool box organizer foam you can make sure every tool you have is always properly put away. This can not only improve efficiency on the job, but also help make the job safer too since you won’t have to worry about tools falling out and hurting others.
Tool Box Liner Foam
You don’t have to settle for just having traditional tools in your tool box. With tool box liner foam you can make spots to fit anything you’d like. Of course, tools will occupy most of the areas, but you can also make a spot for things like a pencil, a small notebook or even your cell phone to keep it safe. Some people even make a special spot for things like wedding rings that they want removed while they are on the job!
Tool Box Foam Liner
One important trick to having a successful tool box foam liner is to make sure the tools fit snugly into the foam. This will keep them more secure, even if the tool box gets bumped around while you are traveling. As long as you are able to get them in and out without trouble, the tighter the better when it comes to using foam inserts for your tool box organization strategy.
Tool Chest Organizer
Does your tool chest look like the following image? If you’re like most people and businesses, this is a common problem. Even if you take the time to organize it, the tools seem to get all mixed up again within days (or less). Why not try using a foam tool chest organizer to make sure everything has an assigned slot. Even if you just section off your tool box to ensure each type of tool has its own space you will be able to prevent things from becoming a mess again.
Tool Drawer Organizer
If you’re looking for a good tool drawer organizer it is important to remember that there are many options to choose from. While foam drawer organizers are a great option, it is good to keep in mind that other choices might work too. Evaluate your particular needs and make the selection that will get the job done properly for you now and long into the future.
Shopping for toolbox foam can seem confusing at first, but remember, you should always work to make a custom solution that meets your needs. If your facility has an existing color organization scheme, make sure to try to follow that with your toolbox foam. If not, make one up now that you can apply to all your organization strategies in the future.
Tool Box Drawer Foam
Using a variety of different colors of tool box drawer foam can help you to get more about of your effort. By using a variety of colors you will have additional options for remembering what tools go where. You can often use several different main colors, plus several different background options to give yourself a wide range of different solutions for organizing your tool box. This is especially powerful when you have a tool box that is used by multiple different people at the company.
Craftsman Tool Box Organizers
Craftsman tools are great, but if you can’t find the one you need, they won’t help you. This is why Craftsman has spent so much time and effort developing the organizers as well as the tools themselves. Using Craftsman tool box organizers you can not only make sure the right tools are in the right spots at all times, but also help keep them protected from damage, dirt and other potential problems.
Tool Shadow Foam
Shadow foam is an effective way to organize tools and many other things. There are many options on the market for this type of thing, and finding the right one is essential. Choose a tool shadow form that is firm enough to securely hold your tools in place at all times. Also, make sure the background color is sufficiently different from the foreground color to ensure you get the contrast that you need to really make your tools pop out when they are missing.
Organizing your toolbox is something that most people don’t want to do, but in the long run. By using the right toolbox organizers you can keep your job site neat and clean at all times. Once you have your tool box organizers in place, make sure you let everyone that uses the toolbox know how you want each tool to be kept in its proper place so that they can always be found when they are needed.
Tool Foam Organizer
One great way to take your tool foam organizer to the next level is by using labels on each spot. This can be done with any industrial label printer, or you can even get a special white pen that can write on the foam if you would like. Using labels, however, is preferred because you can make adjustments quickly and easily. High quality labels will stick securely to the foam and remain in place for years.
Foam Shaping Tools
When you’re going to make your own foam tool organizers for your tool box, tool chest or other area, you will want to have a high quality foam shaping tool such as hot knife. While it is possible to make organizers without a hot knife, industrial hot knifes help make the job much easier and give you better results. With one simple hot knife you can make an endless number of foam cutouts to help improve your facilities foam organizers.
Foam Drawer Liners
There are many different types of foam drawer liners on the market. Some of them will allow you to put your tools into the foam for added security. Others simply add a non-slip surface to the drawers to help keep the tools in place. Take some time to think about which type of foam you need. Remember, you can even use a non-slip foam as the background of traditional form for improved results.
Tool Box Drawer Organizer
Making a tool box drawer organizer doesn’t have to be a huge job. You can do it all yourself in your own facility. Some of the options are quite simple, and others can be more complex. Consider what you need when creating your tool box drawer organizer and set everything up. Whether you do it on your own or order a custom organizer, you’ll be very happy with the results when you are able to quickly find all your tools when you need them.
A good toolbox should not only keep your tools in one general place, but also keep each tool in its own specific location. This can only really be done with a good toolbox organizer. On top of holding the tools in position, it will keep them safer and cleaner than any other option on the market. Foam toolbox organizers are one of the most affordable and effective ways to add convenience to the job site and life to the tools.
Tool Drawer Foam
While most people think of tool drawer foam as a way to securely keep each tool in place. For smaller tools, or items like nails, screws and more, it can be helpful to make small boxes within each drawer to hold everything you’ll need for a job. This partitions off each type of tool in a convenient, yet accessible way.
Tool Cabinet Organizer
Many facilities have a tool cabinet that holds all the different items that are used for jobs throughout the organization. This can be a very convenient way to save space and keep everything in its place. Using individual organizers you can maximize the use of the space in the cabinet and make sure that nothing is getting misplaced. There are many options for types of tool cabinet organizers to help you to keep thinks neat.
Toolbox Organization Ideas
Coming up with great toolbox organization ideas doesn’t have to be hard. Start by determining how much space you have in your toolbox, and then compare that with how many, and which type, of tools you have that need to be stored. Whether you’re storing small tools or large, you need to make sure they are properly organized to ensure they don’t get damaged, lost or stolen.
When storing power tools, you want to make sure you are using a high quality tooling foam to ensure they are stored safely. Remember also to include a spot for any wires and batteries that are present so that it doesn’t get tangled or damaged while in storage. If there is a charger or other item, that should have its own place as well.
Tool Chest Foam
Custom tool chest foam is a great way to store your tools. This foam is strong and durable, yet will still absorb enough shock if you bump the storage chest throughout the day. The foam is also perfect because it really doesn’t take up too much space so you’re left with plenty of room for all your tools. Just cut out the individual spots for each tool, slide it in the drawer and you are all set. Some people like to secure it in place with magnets or glue, but that is not necessary in all cases.
Foam Tool Organizer Kit
You can get foam tool organizer kits for many of the most popular tools. This can be a great way to quickly get the majority of your tool cabinet organized, leaving you with only the unusual tools to make custom organizers for. Some of the most common options are for wrenches, ratchets, screw drivers or other similar items. Since many shops have many types of each of those items, it is easy to see how this type of kit can really be helpful.
Foam Tool Organizers
If you have an extra-long drawer, you can organize your tools based on how often you use them. With foam tool organizers it is possible to set up the drawer so that common tools like wrenches are right in front. Those tools like wire cutters and the like, which don’t get used nearly as often in most cases, will be located in the back. This helps to further improve organization and efficiency.
Craftsman Tool Box Sets
Craftsman has a lot of tools that can be purchased in a boxed set. This is a great way to quickly increase your collection of tools. Whether you’re an individual or a business, when you buy Craftsman tool box sets, you will want to make sure you can organize the tools properly. Sometimes they will come in a reusable box but other times they are just individual tools that come in a set. Make sure you know what you’re buying first so that you can be prepared with how you will store them.
Craftsman Tool Drawer
Craftsman tool chests are typically divided up into drawers to help improve organization. You can add different types of tools for each drawer to make it easier than ever to find the tools you need. If your craftsman tool drawer doesn’t come with foam inserts already, consider adding them to keep the tools in place and protected from harm.
When you look at all the different types of pliers that you have it can be quite surprising. For such a simple tool, there are many different actual options. TO keep them all stored neatly, place a piece of foam at the bottom of the drawer. This will protect the drawer and the pliers. Then use a plier rack that will safely hold each item so that you can quickly grab it. It is typically best to organize them based on size and type of pliers.
Tool Drawer Organizers
While it is quite common for people to use foam organizers in their tool drawers, most people make sure that the cutouts are sufficient to hold the tools in place. If you’re making a tool drawer organizer that won’t be mobile, it is often enough to just make an indentation or slight cutout to keep the tool secure, while still allowing the tools to remain in their place.
Shadow Box Foam
There are many types of shadow box foam. Sometimes the dark color is out front, and the bright color behind. Other times it is the opposite. Either way, this is a very effective way to highlight it whenever a tool is missing. In addition to alerting people to tools being in use, it also keeps your tools in place and properly organized. You can use pre-made shadow box organizers, or you can make your own to fit your specific tools.
Whether you are implementing 5S strategies in your facility, or you’re just looking for another way to eliminate waste, 5S foam is a great option. This foam can be used to organize tools, keep them safe and generally improve efficiency. Of course, since the goal of 5S is to eliminate waste wherever possible, this is an excellent option for improving your entire facility.
Tool Chest Organization
Keeping your tool chest organized is very important. The more tools you have, the more important it is to keep them organized. It is one thing to have just a couple dozen tools and not keep them properly organized, but when you have hundreds, it can dramatically impact the amount of time it takes to find what you need. There are an endless number of tool chest organization products available including clips, foam, dividers and more. Find which ones you need and get your chest organized today.
Tool Box Foam Sheets
Taking foam sheets and putting them in a crate, tool box or other area is a great way to keep your tools just the way you want them. Tool box foam sheets are affordable and easy to cut into the shapes that you need them to fit in the container where they will go. You can also use a hot knife or other foam cutting tools to make outlines of the tools that will be stored so they can be kept nice and safe in your facility. This is one of the fastest and easiest ways to keep your tools organized at all times.
Custom Tool Chest
Making your own tool chest is sometimes the only way to make sure you have all the room you need for all your tools. While it will take some time and effort up front, it allows you to keep your tools nice and safe for years to come. One thing to remember when making a custom tool chest is that you want to ensure it will be able to stay perfectly organized at all times. You also need to make sure that your tools will be kept safe inside of it. This requires that you plan everything out ahead of time so that every tool you have has a special spot in your new box.
Tool Organization Foam
Using tool organization foam to add protection and convenience to your tool box or tool chest is a great way to improve your overall business. Depending on what type of tools you use in your facility, and how many employees there are, it is possible to waste a significant amount of man hours each week looking for tools when they are needed. By organizing your storage area you will virtually eliminate this type of waste from your company. You can consider this type of Kaizen Event that can improve your facility and get everyone to work more efficiently.
Tool Box Drawer Organizers
When you use tool box drawer organizers you want to make sure you are coming up with your own custom solution. While there are many recommended ways to do this type of thing that you can find online, they aren’t made specifically for you. Take your time to really think through things like how much room you have, what types of tools you own, which tools get used the most and any other important details. This will give you the information you need to plan out exactly how you want to organize everything in your tool box. You can then use a tool box drawer organizer to get the job done properly.
Tool Organizers for Tool Boxes
Tool boxes are one of the most difficult items to keep organized. This is because the tools are used frequently, and often when in a hurry. People don’t want to spend a lot of time making sure every tool is in the right spot while they are on the job site, so toolboxes end up becoming a disaster. If you have tool organizers for tool boxes, however, you can prevent that from occurring. If you use foam organizers, for example, you can make it so each tool only fits in one spot. This helps to eliminate the temptation for people to put tools where they don’t belong.
Foam for Tool Boxes
There are several ways that you can use foam for tool boxes. What is likely the most common is simply to line the inside of the tool box, especially on the bottom part. This gives a little bit of extra cushion for the tools so that they don’t become damaged. It also helps to protect the tool box itself from getting too scratched up. The other way people use this type of foam is to actually make organization improvements in the box. By using foam with cutouts you can protect your tools while also ensuring each tool is kept in its proper spot.
Tool Box Organizers
When you’re looking for a way to organize your tool box there is no better option than using either pre-made or custom organizational products. These products include things like foam lining, foam tool organizers, shadow foam, metal or wood tool separators and much more. The main point is to make sure each of your tools has a designated spot, ensure that it will remain in that spot while it is not in use, and to help provide improved protection to your tools. This is especially important for power tools, which can get damaged if they are knocked around too much.
Tool Box Inserts
If you want to get your tool box organized quickly, the best option available is tool box inserts. These inserts can slide right into your tool box and make it so you know exactly where the tools go every single time. You can get inserts in a variety of shapes and sizes, and you can even make your own custom inserts to get the job done right for your specific tools. To get your tool box organized quickly with these inserts, make sure you have all your tools laid out and ready to go when you put the inserts in.
Organizer Tool Box
You can improve organization by installing strong magnets into the foam in your toolbox. This will allow you to attach longer tools at the top, leaving the main area for smaller options. You can even leave one area open for the ‘rest of the tools’ that you need to bring on a job, but don’t have a set location for. Using these ideas to organize your tool box will help give you the flexibility you need, while still keeping the box as organized as possible.
Tool Box Organizer
If you are looking for a great tool box organizer, you should consider using a foam cutout option that will assign a place for every tool. This is recommended for Kaizen toolboxes as well as your own personal toolbox at home. It allows you to customize your toolbox to get the items that are most important to you in and where you need them. You can cut the foam to any size you want so that it will fit perfectly into your toolbox.
Tool Organizer Box
Many facilities use a large tool crate to hold the majority of their tools when they are not in use. Employees can then come and take what they need and put it in their tool box for use throughout the day. This is important for companies that have hundreds, or even thousands, of tools in the facility. If you don’t keep the crate organized, however, it can cause significant delays and even increase the risk of having your tools lost or stolen. Using a tool organizer box within the crate will make it nice and easy to ensure every tool is in the right place at the end of every day.
Tool Box Drawer
If you have a tool box or chest that has drawers you can use them to store just about anything. If you don’t have a well thought out plan, however, every drawer will just become a mess of random tools that get shoved in. This is why you should always add in foam tool cutouts before a single tool is added to the drawer. This will ensure that you always know which tools go in which drawers, and where they go within them. It isn’t too much work to create these types of cutouts so give it a try and see how it goes.
Foams Black and White
For many tool boxes, tool chests or even hanging tool organizes it can be beneficial to use both black and white foams. This works basically just like a shadow box, but with using only black and white, which will contrast greatly while still looking nice. Most people will want to use the white foam as the background because if it is the foreground it will get dirty and faded quite quickly. If you’re looking for foams in black and white for your tool organizing, you won’t have any trouble finding it, and at a great price.
While manually cutting your tool case foam is the most common way to get the results you want, some people prefer having a laser cutting tool available to handle the job. If you have a laser foam cutter available in your facility, this is a great option. If not, you can contact third party vendors who are willing to create foam inserts for you and provide them with an outline of each of the tools, and where you want it to go. This is a great option for those who want to make sure everything is perfect and precise.
Tool Control Foam
With the right tool control foam you can make sure every tool in your create or tool box is held firmly in place. This can help ensure that your tools don’t get bounced around while in your vehicle, and can even help keep them in place if you drop the toolbox or other container. Slipping these foam inserts into drawers or cabinets is a great way to add convenience as well as protection for all your tools.
Best Tool Organizer
Finding the best tool organizer for your facility is very important. It is good to note, however, that there is no single product that is the absolute best for every situation. You need to look at your own particular needs and figure out which organizing methods will work best in your situation. Sometimes this means making a large area with lots of peg boards and other wall based tool holders. Other times you’ll want to use a tool chest. The bottom line is you need to evaluate your requirements and find the best tool organizer for the job.
DIY Tool Organizer
You can make your own tool organizer for your home or business with some items that you likely have laying around your home or shop. For example, place some foam for padding and to keep tools from slipping. You can then use wiring or other firm metals to create simple slots that will hold common tools in place. In many cases you can have your own DIY tool organizer set up and ready to go in just a few hours.
Organizing Tool Box
Keeping your tool box nice and organized can save hours of time every week. There are many ways to do it depending on how many tools you own and what type of work you use them for. Consider holding them in place with plastic brackets, foam tool organizers or other items that will make sure every tool has its own spot. Once you have everything in place, you need to make sure you take steps to ensure everyone who uses the tools puts them back properly.
Organize Tool Box
If your tool box isn’t organized it will take up a lot of extra space, and you won’t be able to keep as many tools in it. While many people dread the idea of organizing their tool box, it is actually something that is well worth the time. Whether it is a small portable tool box, or something much larger, taking the time to keep a well-organized tool box is very helpful for your productivity.
Foam Board Tools
Making a foam board for your tools is quite simple. All you really need to do is trace out the tools you want to store onto the foam, cut out a portion of the foam, and then store your tools. If you want to use a shadow board type background that will give your foam board tools increased visibility, which is nice, and it takes the same amount of work.
Tool Box Foam
Using tool box foam you are able to protect your tools and keep them in their proper spot. Once really nice trick that can make this type of foam even better is leaving one corner of the foam unsecured to the bottom of the tool box. You can then store important items like money or papers in there so you have it when you need it. It is almost like a hidden chamber, but with much easier access for you.
How to Organize a Tool Box
You can learn how to organize a tool box in just a short period of time. The trick is to start out with an empty box, and then assign a place for each tool. Ideally the tools should be held securely using foam or other organizing products. You can either buy things like foam organizers, or you can make them yourself. Once you’ve got them in place, you simply insert each tool into the proper spot and you are all set.
How to Organize Your Tool Box
Learning how to organize your tool box is one of the most important things for someone who works in a shop all day. Unfortunately, most people don’t get taught this type of thing, which can make it very hard. Organizing your tool box using foam inserts or other products can make the job much easier, and more effective than you may have thought possible.
Shadow Tool Box
Using a shadow tool box is a great way to improve the visibility of tools. This can be helpful when working in darker areas, or just with general work where you want to be able to see quickly which tools are in use at any time. Whether this is your own personal shadow tool box, or it is shared between many people, it is a great way to eliminate wasted time looking for tools that are already being used or are already out of the tool box.
When it comes to getting a tool organizer, you want to make sure you have plenty of space for every tool in your collection. In addition, you want to make sure that they will keep your tools safe. Sometimes you’ll need a large organizer with lots of little slots for things like screw drivers and ratchets. Other times you will need something much larger to hold all your power tools or other items. For many people getting both is the best way to go.
Tool Box Organization Ideas
There are many places you can look to get tool box organization ideas. This page here has dozens of them that you can consider quickly. Before you look other places for ideas, however, you will want to make sure you know exactly which tools you are looking to store. One great tip is to store your tools in their original packaging. This can save time and ensure the tools are always kept protected when not in use. Of course, the packaging will eventually wear out so this is likely only a temporary solution.
Tool Box Organizer Ideas
If you’re looking to set up your own organizer for your tools, you will need to come up with ideas and see which ones work the best. Try to look at both how you will fit them in the space you have, and how they will be kept safe. Tools can be very expensive so taking the time to come up with the best tool box organizer ideas is well worth it.
Tool Foam Sheets
Using foam sheets is obviously great for organizing your tools, and even keeping them safe from drops or other shocks. One great benefit of tool foam sheets that many people don’t think about is that they help keep your tools cleaner too. They can remove some dust, dirt and oil as you put the tools in and out every day. When they get too dirty, they can typically be washed several times without a problem.
Tool Box Organization Tips
Finding the best tool box organization tips can be hard because every tool box is unique. What works for someone with a lot of wrenches, for example, might not work well for someone who has a larger collection of hammers or other larger tools. The trick is to look at the tools you have, and then find tips specifically for them. Some tips, of course, can be used on any type of tool. Things like foam organizers can be custom made for tools no matter how big or small.
Organized Tool Box
Keeping an organized tool box will help ensure you don’t lose your tools. This much is obvious, but what you might not realize is that it can also help to prevent theft. When someone sees a well-organized tool box they will know that you are keeping a close eye on what you have, and that you will notice as soon as something goes missing. This makes it more risky for them to take something they shouldn’t, so they will likely avoid doing it.
Toolbox organization is an activity that few people enjoy doing, but almost everyone benefits from. Keeping the tool boxes in your workplace clean and organized will eliminate the frustrations of having to look for a missing tool, or dig through potentially sharp and dangerous tools to find the one you need. An organized toolbox is a safe toolbox so make sure you put in the effort now to keep yours properly organized.
There are a lot of different tool organizers on the market today. Finding the ones that will work best for your particular situation doesn’t have to be difficult. You can start by listing the tools you own, and then measuring how much space you have in your tool box, tool chest or other tool storage areas. This information will help you to select the perfect tool organizers for your home or business.
You can use foam caps to safely hold your tools in place in an otherwise messy tool box. Placing a cap around tools will keep them cleaner and protected from bumps and other issues. Of course, the cap can also help to improve the overall organization of your tool box or chest. Whether you are working at the main facility, or you are out on a job, make sure you bring the foam caps you need.
There are many ways to cut tool foam. Some people just use a knife, and others use specialized tools to get the job done in a cleaner and more professional way. Whatever you choose, you need to make sure you have the right outlines to get the job done right the first time since you can’t really redo the same piece of foam if a mistake is made. Having a clear outline to follow will help ensure you do it right the first time.
Most facilities have a lot of different tools for their drawers. It seems, however, that no matter how many drawers you have, you can always use more. That is almost always because they become unorganized over time. Taking the time to clean out and organize your drawers so that the tools are properly stored will help solve this problem. Even something as simple as using foam organizers will help get this job done quickly and prevent the problem from happening again.
Using an organizer for your tools is a great option for any facility. Sometimes a simple peg board will allow you to quickly store your tools up on the wall, where they are out of the way. Other times, however, you want a little bit more protection. When this is the case, just put up a board with foam outline cutouts up on the wall. The firm foam will hold each item in place safely and securely.
One of the best things about using foam to organize your tools is that it is so affordable. You can choose from a wide range of colors and other foam supply options to help you get the most out of every piece. No matter what it is that you need, you can get the supply of foam that will meet and exceed your needs. This foam is long lasting and looks great, so consider ordering yours today.
Tool Box Organization
When it comes to tool box organization, no individual item is more effective than foam. You can cut the foam to fit in any tool box, and keep it organized. Whether you lay it flat to add protection, cut out sections to securely hold your tools, or even place it vertically to ensure every tool type has its own spot, you will be thrilled with the flexibility of foam for your organizational needs.
You may be thinking that you need some type of super strong, industrial foam for your tool box organization. While that can be necessary in some situations, for the average tool box, simple box foam will help to provide the protection and organization you need. It will add the cushioning to keep tools from breaking and will hold the tools in place too.
If you’re going to use foam to organize your tools, you will likely need to get some tools to help customize your foam. Foam tools can help to trim, scrape and form the foam into the perfect shapes so that it will hold your tools securely and safely at all times. Using the right foam tools will make this job much easier so you can get it completed in no time.
Where to Get Foam
Foam is a fairly simple product, which you can get foam from many places. Depending on how much you need, or what your uses for it are, you can often get the best deals by shopping for foam online. If you have never bought it before you can learn where to get foam in just minutes.
As you can see, tool foam organizers can be used in many different ways for many different things. Finding the items that will work best for you might seem overwhelming, but when you break it down, it really becomes quite simple. Find out which tools you need to store, and where they will be stored. From there, it is just a matter of finding the right foam and having it cut to the right shapes and sizes for your specific needs.
Whether those needs are for your high-end facility, or just your garage, foam will certainly help you to save time, money and energy with your tools today and long into the future.