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    Trying to find very hard (almost solid) foam or other material for tool tray inserts. I have tried several types of foam (5S, Kaizen etc) but they are very soft (made to be to cut manually by a knife) and I don’t like them.

    i have seen inserts that come with some tools and those are made from something like either very hard foam or very light and soft plastic, but have no idea what type of material it is…
  • #2

    I know you're not asking for this so.... Try HDU... ask for a sample from Signfoam They will send you a 12x12x1-1/2" - 15lb. most likely. 18 is pretty solid.
    You could always line your insides w/ the Kaizen etc type stuff after its shaped. Wicked things can be made w/ HDU
    Have a whole bunch of ppl ask for samples for you and glue em up. Other names are Jasper, Duna and a few other names I cant recall.
    Maybe TR could chime in
    Last edited by UglySign; 08-11-2023, 03:59 PM.


    • #3

      Seems they work with businesses only, and I need just a bit for my own use…
      Anyway, at least I learned a new word (HDU) to investigate :), thank you !


      • #4

        I've used scrap HDU for this purpose. It cuts like a dream and maintains detail if you want to do really snazzy drawer inserts. Unfortunately, I ran out of scraps I got from a sign shop a few years ago and had to resort to the pink foam board from the 'borg for my most recent drawer inserts. Many decent sheet goods suppliers carry one brand or another of HDU (sign board) and many will also sell to non professionals/businesses. I buy from Industrial Plywood out of Reading PA and they don't limit sales to businesses...they like money. Heck they will delivery for free for a minimum order amount other than a fuel surcharge that's small. It's not hard to spend $300... ;)
        Jim Becker

        SR-44 (2018), 1.7kw spindle, Performance Premium, USB, Keypad, T-Slot table (y-axis configuration), WinCNC, VCarve Pro upgraded to Aspire

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        Harvey G700 DC

        Retired from full time work in the telecom industry 9/2017
        Occasional commission work for others, but mostly for trunks/signage/guitars
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