Published Dec 20. 2016 - 4 months ago
Updated or edited Dec 20. 2016

Laser cut tool holders

I'm working on an article on tool holders and have been fooling around with a drawing program and a laser cutter

Mounted on the vise
Tool and lamp holder
Vise stem lamp and tool holder
Martin Joergensen

When I look out over my tying table, I see an even layer of tools and materials. I have never owned a tool holder, and most of the time my tools just lay on the table wherever there's space, which is over and under assorted pelts, feathers, glues, bags and other tools.

A few of my fly tying friends have tool holders. Most use the Renzetti foam block, and seem to be pretty happy with that.
I researched a bit and as soon as I dug into the subject, I started finding a lot of different gadgets meant to hold your tools while you are tying.

All this research is going into a long article that's underway, which will cover a whole lot of different tool holders on the market.
But as I always do when covering these subjects, I try to look into less expensive alternatives as well as DIY projects, and here I have been fooling around with a pretty high tech solution, namely cutting shapes in different materials using a laser cutter.

First batch
In the cutter
Lots of layouts
In the making
Martin Joergensen

Laser cutters are really cool machines! Not a thing you put up on your desktop (yet), but accessible many places in workshops and maker spaces. I bought my way into one online and also had access to one in a public library. Yes, some Danish libraries have things like that! This one just requires that I book a time and pay the materials (or bring them) and the rest is paid with my tax money. So cool!
I cut a whole lot of different layouts, all on the same basic shape. A couple of them can accommodate an IKEA lamp of the Jansjö type while others are for tools only.
Fun project.
I will return with more details and more practical experiences in the article.


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