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I use two dial calipers in my shop (one is fractional), and getting them in and out of their original storage boxes was alway inconvenient. So, I finally got around to making a shallow MDF tray to keep them in place in one of my shop drawers. Sometimes the CNC makes little shop projects simple, and straightforward. I don’t know how I would have completed this without using the CNC.

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Photos aren't working, Oliver. How can I assist?

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Are they there now? I can see them in my browser, but there are duplicates.
 
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Yes sir, they're showing and that's a great solution! I'll remove the duplicates.

Probably the easiest way to place photos is to drag and drop them into this field, one at a time.

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Yes sir, they're showing and that's a great solution! I'll remove the duplicates.

Probably the easiest way to place photos is to drag and drop them into this field, one at a time.

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Thanks, David.
 
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Nice. Did you have to design the shape yourself or is there 'clipart' for this sort of thing, Oliver?
The design took a little more work than I expected, Paul. First, I tried scanning the tools so I could use the photo as a template. Scanning left too many shadows to make it worthwhile. So I laid the calipers on paper and just drew around them with a pencil. I scanned the drawing and used it as my guide, creating the vectors in V Carve by drawing basic shapes and merging them. Conveniently, although the two calipers are from different manufacturers, their size and shape are almost identical, so I only needed to create one outline.

Once I had the outline created, I exported the vectors to Adobe Illustrator so I could print them out at actual size. When I laid the calipers on the printout, I could see where I needed to make some adjustments. Once those were done, the job was run on the CNC with no issues, and the calipers fit in the tray perfectly. I took much longer for the design than it did for the cutting.
 

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Great idea . I love organizing tools like this ,and feel the same way about the cases they come in.
someone already beat me to how you made the vector .
 

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Great idea, also have the top caliper and agree that it is a PITA to remove from the case (short of turning the upside down and shaking it). Don't have a CNC but thinking that I can cut a corner of the sheet of 1/4" MDF I have lying around and cut the outline in it and then glue to a bottom layer.
 

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Great idea, also have the top caliper and agree that it is a PITA to remove from the case (short of turning the upside down and shaking it). Don't have a CNC but thinking that I can cut a corner of the sheet of 1/4" MDF I have lying around and cut the outline in it and then glue to a bottom layer.
Yep. Good idea. An alternate method would be to make two layers as you suggest. You could cut the outline with a scroll saw into some 1/4" thick material and glue to a bottom piece, to complete the tray.
 

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Oliver, Barb sent me a surprise email yesterday and told me specifically to say hello to you. She's not been doing much lately because it's so cold in Michigan.
I'm happy to hear you heard from Barb, Tom. She's missed by all of us. Too cold in Michigan? Uh oh, does the dreaded "I-word" apply to her shop? Is she like a member, who shall go unnamed (but whose first initials rhyme with RainMan), and is known for lack of environmental temperature control materials in his shop walls?
 
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