If you've ever made a case for a pistol or tool you're probably familiar with the term "French Fit". Then, had you tried this technique you'd know that it's not an easy process to do -- very time consuming as you make layers of wood that taper to match the contours or else sculpt an opening in a solid board to fit an object. This is something I've wanted to do for my dovetail and small crosscut saw but the time to do it has never seemed to be right! Enter Kaizen Foam a new product from Fastcap I happened to run across while checking out the web. Here's the final result:
|Kaizen Foam Insert in Tool Chest|
The process is pretty straight forward. The first step is to position the tool where you want it to be. I used some painters tape to align the saw to the edge.
|Position Your Tool|
|Guided Straight Cuts|
|Removing the Layers|
|More Depth Needed Here|
|Customizing the Fit|
So the question remains, will this replace a French Fit case for a pistol, musical instrument, or tool? Not in my estimation. It certainly makes fitting an object securely into a box or drawer much easier but lacks the finesse you may want when building a pistol case or other application. I have a till at the top of this case where I keep my good planes and may add a piece of the foam there as well to cushion them and keep them from touching one and other.