Pointy-Tool Pincushion





Introduction: Pointy-Tool Pincushion

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Some tools can be very sharp and dangerous if not organized correctly. We're sure you'd rather pull your tool out of a styrofoam board instead of reaching into a dark, cluttered tool drawer and risk puncturing your hands.

You can easily make a wall mounted pincushion using Styrofoam and plywood.  

To make you pincushion, you'll want to glue your foam to 1/2 in plywood. Leave a 1 in border. You'll want to use PL 500, which is a foam compatible adhesive to glue the foam down. Let the glue dry for a couple of hours. Screw you plywood into a shop wall. Punch the holes using your screwdriver. Once mounted, fill it up!

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    I work at a computer repair center, we have tons of high density foam that I collect.
    I'm gonna try this out this weekend with a few squares.
    Maybe I can hang up by blow gun darts too.,

    Great idea.


    Dangerous storage ! Fall onto ithat and your head will look like a strainer !

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    hung behind a bench, you're unlikely to fall near it. 's a good idea. I like it.

    I agree, the idea is very good. I just wanted to point out the danger.

    If you are prone to falling, a workshop is no place for you. This is a good idea for me. My tools will stay clean in the open because my workshop isn't nasty..

    You may fall without being prone to falling, you know ?
    Or maybe you are Superman ?
    Most accidents happen to people who feel strong enough and don't wear safety equipments.

    Neat idea, specially since it's easier to come by than "more advanced" space saving solutions.

    One question though, how long does it last? I expect the heavier tools at least to wear out the foam at some point...

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    I'm guessing how long it lasts depends on how often you use your tools. As a temporary - hasn't got a home yet - pin cushion, it makes sense. Like you, I don't exactly trust Styrofoam to be stable over time. I would rather see various standard sized holes drilled (at the same angle as above) into a group of scrap 2x4's mounted on the wall. I like the idea, but I'm bothered by the choice of material.

    I've stuffed little Dremel sized bits into foam myself and found it to be most unsatisfying overall. It prompted me to think up an entirely new holding method. Two actually, as the first proved too difficult to make (little stepped wooden holders). I mean if it was as easy as simply sticking bits into foam I'd have gone with it, as it was the first thing I thought of myself. I obviously like easy, as I abandoned my more difficult holder method. But I felt stuffing stuff into foam sucked when I did it personally.


    Plus I don't have the wall space to waste on this idea either. All of my walls have shelves on them. So there are two strikes against this project as far as I'm concerned. For that I have to call it out, because it has no more swings left in it that I can see. Plus hanging stuff exposed on a wall is a great way to let things get filthy dirty from dust landing on them. Which is one of the reasons I can't stand peg board, which this idea sort of resembles. If I had to clean all of my tools all of the time I'd never manage to get anything done ever!

    Magnets work well for small tools. ( strips of magnets ) like from the inside of a fridge door

    I agree. styrofoam does not hold up for repeated insertions and removals. LDPE (low density polyethylene) closed cell foam, however, works great. I scavenge this stuff from equipment and appliance packaging. I glue it up with hot-melt glue, then cut with sharp art knife, or serrated blade. It's easy to cut, but very long wearing. I've used it for just this kind of tool holder and it lasts for decades.

    LOL, you'd not want to slip and fall on that !

    I love it. Out of site is out of mind for me so this is just what I need!

    I like it

    This looks great and I'll definitely be using one of these for my dremel parts and the like. I'd imagine larger items could also be hung using a thicker piece of foam. For those who are concerned about accidents, either have it hung behind a bench like tim_m says, or turn the sharp tools around so the pointy bit is inwards. You could even label the holes.
    This is a simple, yet great looking idea. Thanks for sharing.

    Too fragile

    very good