Organize and store all those small shop tools and accessories that clutter your workbench in a chunk of foam insulation. It'll hold drill bits, router bits, screwdriver bits and a host of other little things and keep them close at hand.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:December / January 2008
Glue 1-1/2-in. foam on 1/2-in. plywood to make this useful storage unit.
Store router bits, drill bits, screwdrivers, awls, pencils, Allen wrenches
and hole saws in a hunk of 1-1/2-in.-thick rigid foam insulation.
To make this pointy-tool pincushion, just glue the foam to 1/2-in.
plywood sized an inch wider than the foam. Be sure to use foam-compatible
adhesive (PL 500 is one). Then press the foam into place and let
it dry for a few hours. Punch holes for the accessories by rotating a
small-diameter Phillips screwdriver or an awl at a slight angle into the
foam. The tools will widen the holes to fit as you push them in. Screw
the plywood to a shop wall over your workbench and load it up!
Thanks to Gary Weaver for this idea.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
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