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Create Custom Tool Drawer Liners with a T-Shirt and Spray Foam

If you’re looking for a way to create a custom fit drawer liner for your tools, electronics, or other small objects, this clever hack uses some old fabric and expanding spray foam to create a perfect fit.

All you need for this project is the drawer you want to fit with a liner, the tools/objects you want to create a mold for, some fabric (like an old t-shirt) and a can of expanding foam. Lay the tools in the drawer, arranged like you’d like them, drape with with the cloth, and then spray the foam on. Let it expand for a few moments and then place a backer on top of the foam (like a piece of old plywood cut to fit) and weigh it down. Let the foam set over night and then pull it out and flip it over, fitting it into the drawer face up. The result looks like the photo above, a clean and perfectly fit insert for your favorite tools.

Hit up the link below for additional tips and more photos.

Pamper Your Tools in a Cozy Drawer Space! [MadModder Forums via Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/30/11

Comments (9)

  1. hasmard

    Would not the white t-shirt get dirty rather quick?

  2. Robert

    @ hasmard
    If he/she is like me, I wipe of my tools before putting them away. But yeah I would use a darker color fabric.

  3. Lady Fitzgerald

    A stretchy velveteen knit would emulate a flocked liner.

  4. Jason Fitzpatrick

    I too would definitely upgrade the lining from just plain ol’ cotton. =)

  5. brad

    Too friggen cool. This would work for smaller cases as well instead of shelling out for the cut to shape foam.

  6. Neef

    Don’t forget to arrange the items in a mirror image of what you want. With the whole flipping-over stuff and all. Oh, and if it matters with a tool, make sure it’s upside down when spraying.

  7. nostoc

    It’s a great idea, but it looks like it’s gonna be a nightmare to pickup those tools.

    Maybe use some kind of filler to have finger-space on the final product?

  8. airframe

    I would gladly line my rool around with the right womans T skirt…

  9. Chronicfathead

    @nostoc My thoughts exactly, but easily remedied with a small blob of blu-tack stuck to the handle of each tool.

    Very cool idea.

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