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Making your own cases/nerd alert

#1 Post by Benredbeard » Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:47 pm

I'm about to make a custom case for all my honing and sharpening equipment, which got me thinking about how happy I am with my home made pistol case. Using an inexpensive plastic case (Plano or the like, just find one with suitable dimensions) and Kaisen foam, trace the foam and cut to fit closely to the case. Then arrange your bits and bobs until you like how they lie on the foam. Then just trace out what you have, and cut-and-peel the foam until the depths of each piece is perfect. Tip: using an electric carving knife for longer cuts and shaping the foam to the case does make for neater cuts.

Pictured is the case for my G42 and G20, plus mags, barrels and recoil springs (I do swap between 40S&W and 10mm occasionally, and have a ported barrel/spring combo for the full powered defensive 10mm loads).

Fun project and nice protection, even just for Glocks ;).

Now that I've invested in enough nice honing stones it's time to get another of these rolling. It'll be multi-depth (two trays) so a little more involved, but SWMBO is gone all next week so time for some swarf-n-sawdust therapy! Image

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#2 Post by FlyGuy » Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:37 pm

Looks Like Fun!

Especially for the OCD crowd, which I'm a member of.
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#3 Post by Hiker » Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:02 pm

OK, I love this kind of thing!!!! Where do you get the cases and foam???

I want to do this for 'paired guns'. Like my KelTec Sub 2000 and the M&P 2.0. Since they use the same mags, I could fit both in a brief case sized box along with as many mags as I could fit in. If the grits hit the pan, I could just grab it and go. This would also work for the new Ruger take-down carbine and whatever gun it could be paired with.
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#4 Post by Benredbeard » Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:24 pm

Amazon for the cases, eBay for the Kaizen foam.

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#5 Post by spittingglass » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:35 pm

I thought about doing this, even bought the case for it, but got lazy and never cut the foam. I've since bought a big Plano case with pick'n'pluck foam and use that instead:

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#6 Post by lsj74 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:40 am

My CZ case.
Made to fit a 75BD, SP-01, 22 conversion kit and 2 magazines for each.
Made with the foam inserts that came with the case but I sealed it with several coats of Plasti Dip.
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#7 Post by KlownKannon » Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:31 am

You know what I'm guilty of? Not painting/otherwise decorating the ever living dogshit out of the outside of my gun cases. I'm a fuckin' art student, for fuck's sake!

Nice work, by the way! Nothing like tailoring your gear to what you need.
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#8 Post by KlownKannon » Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:33 am

lsj74 wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:40 am
My CZ case.
Made to fit a 75BD, SP-01, 22 conversion kit and 2 magazines for each.
Made with the foam inserts that came with the case but I sealed it with several coats of Plasti Dip.
How does the Plasti Dip hold up when you put a warm firearm back in the case? Does that stuff melt easily?
I don't like to think of my self as an artist so much as someone who stares at empty spaces and imagines s--t.

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#9 Post by shinzen » Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:58 am

FWIW, I just found out that Harbor Freight carries their own line of Plano knockoffs- they get rave reviews from their customers and are about half the price. (Less in some cases)
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#10 Post by lsj74 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:54 pm

KlownKannon wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:33 am
lsj74 wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:40 am
My CZ case.
Made to fit a 75BD, SP-01, 22 conversion kit and 2 magazines for each.
Made with the foam inserts that came with the case but I sealed it with several coats of Plasti Dip.
How does the Plasti Dip hold up when you put a warm firearm back in the case? Does that stuff melt easily?
I haven't had any issues with it. I did it to help keep the moisture out and it also the bottom foam part is made up from squares that you tear away and the Plasti Dip helps keeping it together.
I used the spray kind and the foam does does soak it up so it takes a full can to that one case.

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#11 Post by Marlene » Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:57 pm

I keep seeing this thread title and thinking it’s about making custom brass
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#12 Post by featureless » Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:17 pm

shinzen wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:58 am
FWIW, I just found out that Harbor Freight carries their own line of Plano knockoffs- they get rave reviews from their customers and are about half the price. (Less in some cases)
The "Apache case", if anyone is interested. I was and may have to give one a go. Thanks for the tip.
https://www.harborfreight.com/catalogse ... pache+case

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#13 Post by Darwinchip » Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:36 pm

featureless wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:17 pm
shinzen wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:58 am
FWIW, I just found out that Harbor Freight carries their own line of Plano knockoffs- they get rave reviews from their customers and are about half the price. (Less in some cases)
The "Apache case", if anyone is interested. I was and may have to give one a go. Thanks for the tip.
https://www.harborfreight.com/catalogse ... pache+case
The 3800 is on sale through the end of the month, but you either have to manually add the coupon code or use the alternate link to get the extra $10 off.
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#14 Post by eelj » Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:47 pm

Marlene wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:57 pm
I keep seeing this thread title and thinking it’s about making custom brass
Me too, when I first read it I thought oh boy 30 herrett cases. Nice looking case work though.

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#15 Post by featureless » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:34 pm

featureless wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:17 pm
shinzen wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:58 am
FWIW, I just found out that Harbor Freight carries their own line of Plano knockoffs- they get rave reviews from their customers and are about half the price. (Less in some cases)
The "Apache case", if anyone is interested. I was and may have to give one a go. Thanks for the tip.
https://www.harborfreight.com/catalogse ... pache+case
I picked up one of these. They seem great for the price. I'll try to do some plucking and get a photo up in the next few days.

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#16 Post by featureless » Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:03 pm

The 3800 Apache case fits a couple of hand guns. Pic-n-pluck foam couldn't be easier but I'm not convinced of its long term durability. The case itself is a great buy and should last a lifetime of moderate use.
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#17 Post by Benredbeard » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:25 pm

Kaisen foam is readily available. Cool find!

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#18 Post by K9s » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:27 pm

Harbor Freight just opened near me. There goes my extra money!
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#19 Post by featureless » Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:01 pm

K9s wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:27 pm
Harbor Freight just opened near me. There goes my extra money!
Nah. They have a few gems and a lot of crap.

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