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    A beginner takes on Kaizen Foam

    I wanted a way to line my tool box with something substantial enough, so larger polishers don’t tip over.
    Tried many things, including Yoga mats, rubber floor mats.
    Either too thin or my Mark ll 21 still tipped over, with just a softer landing. Which made my heart skip a beat every time !
    My search led me to Kaizen Foam





    Got it from HD. Comes in 3 sizes
    2’x4’ x 2-1/4” or 57mm.
    2’x4’ x1-1/8” or 30mm. This is what I picked up.
    2’x4’ x 7/8” or 20mm.



    This is not scored like pick and pull foam. This is layers that are removed to create a bed. The process is time consuming but 100% worth it.
    I started out with the 1-1/8” to get some practice before I tackled the larger drawers where my big boys live.
    For those I will need the 2-1/4”

    Now on to the pics.

    My tools,
    Sm. & med. Snap blades w/ extra blades
    Long neck markers



    I did find a cut kit



    Figured if I made my own I’d get some practice and save a few $$

    The layout



    This finger hole maker was easy,
    a 6” pipe w/ handle bar grip, flat file out, round in, to sharpen.





    Trace around tool, remove as you go. Cut and pull.



    Dig in and plow out a layer, try for a full first layer. Then keep fitting the tool and plowing small amounts. A tight fit is key. Trust your OCD !!





    I have to stress that you stay well inside the lines, make small adjustments, a tight fit . You can always remove more but can’t fix it if it’s too big. Like this.



    Finger pulls



    Finished with a case from HF.





    The drawer and polishers and Yoga mat.



    I found that if I lifted the thicker tools, and marked them again, I could see the line better when cutting. (one handed for pic.)





    Don’t forget the cords



    Finished, 1st drawer.



    Definitely need thicker foam for the 15m. and 21m. Polishers. Plus I left room in the cut box for a silver marker, and these super thin blades to help with fine tuning.



    Well that’s it.
    I had a blast and hope it was good for you too ?






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    Re: A beginner takes on Kaizen Foam

    Always so cool, Mary... nicely done
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    Anything in life worth doing is worth over doing, moderation is for cowards
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    Re: A beginner takes on Kaizen Foam

    I love that stuff, used it to make a box for my razor sharpening tools.

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    Re: A beginner takes on Kaizen Foam

    Awesome Mary! Like the OCD thinking lol. And have the tools laying still is much of benefit if you are hauling them around!

    Thanks for shareing your work!

    /Tony
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    Re: A beginner takes on Kaizen Foam

    Well above OCD and much appreciated. This tells me your vehicle detailing is beyond reproach.
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    Re: A beginner takes on Kaizen Foam

    Where did you find the cut kit.
    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: A beginner takes on Kaizen Foam

    Awesome. I have been wanting to do this for my tool drawer. Thank you for the detailed write up!
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    Re: A beginner takes on Kaizen Foam

    Quote Originally Posted by kajunman View Post
    Where did you find the cut kit.
    Thanks in advance.

    Hello
    Kiazeninserts was the kit inspiration, found the foam at HD with the snap blades in the paint sect., markers from Menard`s

    YouTube of course helped.

    OH by the way.... VIKINGS WON !!!!!

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    Re: A beginner takes on Kaizen Foam

    Might help some who like to watch videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIj_-RbIq9M
    Learning tips and tricks from fellow board members since 2009
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    Re: A beginner takes on Kaizen Foam

    Quote Originally Posted by Mary B View Post
    Hello
    Kiazeninserts was the kit inspiration, found the foam at HD with the snap blades in the paint sect., markers from Menard`s

    YouTube of course helped.

    OH by the way.... VIKINGS WON !!!!!
    Thanks.
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    Re: A beginner takes on Kaizen Foam

    Quote Originally Posted by grungy View Post
    Might help some who like to watch videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIj_-RbIq9M



    Exactly !! Love YouTube !!
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    Re: A beginner takes on Kaizen Foam

    Quote Originally Posted by Mary B View Post
    Kiazeninserts was the kit inspiration
    Well, I *was* going to tell you about them, but you already know!

    Good stuff, Mary. Glad to see someone use these and provide real feedback!

    Once I get a few more tool boxes, I plan on using the Inserts guys for their pre-cut stuff.

    Thanks for posting this
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