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paintdrying 01-30-2013 02:29 PM

Modify plastic carrying cases
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I always hated trying to get everything back in the case, rolling up the cords, trying to remember what direction this that and the other went. That Bosch hammer drill was probably one of the worst. The case on this Milwaukee is just as strong after I zipped it. It seems I can get more in this way. I like the fact that all many of my bits and screws can be in the case.

PaliBob 01-31-2013 05:46 AM

Congratulations on modifying that Milwaukee Case. Those blow molded cases make it almost impossible to jam anything else in the case.
How did you do it? The pic of the top half of the clam shell does not show any cut marks that follow the original form of the tool. Just wondering.
Also did you use a Dremel to do the cuts, and what glue did you use?

paintdrying 01-31-2013 07:00 AM

No glue, I just zipped it with my dremel. I was thinking of doing a youtube video but I figured this was an old trick. Took about five minutes to do. I traced it out with a sharpie, leaving key parts of the case intact for structural support, but did go all the way to the edge in one small spot to shake dust out easily.

PaliBob 01-31-2013 11:51 AM

I don't anything about zipped.
Iv'e cut out partitions on a Panasonic Case but not anything structural. How did you handle all the undulations in the top clam shell?

ranger12 02-05-2013 08:37 PM

I have a couple of milwaukee cases that I am going to try and cut this week. I am planning to cut the entire inner layer out. Figure that may make it too 'floppy'. I have some corrugated plastic (like cardboard, but plastic) like political yard signs are commonly made from, but slightly heavier. I plan to cut it to fit the full height and width of the lid and bottom, and glue in to stiffen the carcass up. Will see how it goes.

PaliBob 02-06-2013 04:19 AM


Originally Posted by ranger12 (Post 1110532)
......I am planning to cut the entire inner layer out........

Now I see what Post #1 meant when he said "I Zipped it" The only case that I modified (Panasonic 14.4V Driver) did not appear to have that inner layer so I just cut off some of the vertical dividers.

ranger12 02-07-2013 07:36 PM

I cut the innards out of an older milwaukee case today -- maybe bought that set in 2000 or so. Stiff enough, not too much flex, closes and latches fine. No need for a stiffener.

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