Tool Boxes in Pelicans: How to Organize Them

If you want to protect your tools from damage and keep them organized, a pelican tool box is a great option. They’re incredibly tough and can handle everything you throw at them.

They come in a variety of colors and sizes, so you can easily find one that fits your needs.


If you want to keep your tools organized, a pelican tool box with foam is the way to go. These cases are designed with layered foam that creates a specific spot for each tool, making it easy to locate your most used tools.

One of the most important elements in a custom tool box is figuring out what kind of foam to use. Only closed-cell foams are appropriate for this job because of their moisture resistance and durability. Once you’ve determined the type of foam you’ll need, start by measuring the interior dimensions of each drawer. Then, calculate how much foam sheets you’ll need to line each side.

The best tool control inserts are made out of layered, custom-cut closed-cell foam that creates a unique spot for each tool in your collection. These liners can help organize stationary tool chests as well as prevent you from leaving tools behind on a job site.

United Case offers a variety of foam tool control kits to fit your needs. These kits can include different colors of foam, product identification systems and even fabrication methods such as water-jet cutting or CNC routing.

Kaizen Foam is a great option for a Pelican tool box because it’s relatively inexpensive, comes in a variety of layer configurations and is slightly more rigid than other foams. It’s also very customizable and can be cut to a specific depth by using a sharpie or electric hot knife.

Brad and Jason both use Kaizen Foam to make their custom tool boxes because it’s a cost-effective solution that doesn’t require the tools and equipment of a professional designer. In addition, it’s a simple DIY project that only requires a few materials to complete.

When making a custom tool box, the first step is to prioritize which tools are going in each layer. This will help you determine where to put your most used and critical tools, so that they’re always accessible.

Once you’ve figured out where to place your most important and valuable tools, it’s time to begin selecting the right foam for your custom case. The most common choice is to use foam sheeting that has a firm texture and fits snugly against the sides of each drawer.


In a pelican tool box, each drawer is a space for tools. This space is organized with foam to keep each tool secure and in its own place. This method can be a great way to organize a tool chest or cabinet and make sure that you always have the right tools in your hands.

There are a few different ways to organize a tool drawer, but the main goal is to keep each tool in its proper spot. This will save you time and ensure that you have the tools you need in the right location every time you open a tool drawer.

If you have small tools such as pliers or screwdrivers, it may be helpful to divide them into sections. This can be done with foam or other organizing products, which will help you to maximize the drawer’s space and make it easier to find the tools you need when you need them most.

Another way to organize a drawer is by using tool tray organizers. These can be very useful for storing screws, bolts, nails and other items that are used with tools. This is a good way to make sure that you have everything you need with you when you need it and will help your work go much more smoothly.

When creating a tool drawer, it is important to use the right type of foam. You will want to ensure that you use high quality foam that can withstand a lot of abuse and keep your tools safe.

Foam comes in many different styles, sizes and colors. You can even purchase foam that has multiple colors in one liner.

To make the best use of your foam, it is important to plan out your design before you cut it. This will ensure that you get the best results possible and that you can maximize the amount of space you have available to create a drawer.

Once you have a plan, you can start to cut your foam. If you need to, you can always use tracing paper to help you map out your design.


One of the most important parts of any tool box is securing the contents inside. That means you need to lock your case with some kind of lock that will be durable and strong enough to withstand the elements and prevent thieves from taking your valuables.

A good lock can be made from any type of metal, including stainless steel. The most common choice is a padlock. Some of these locks are also TSA approved so that TSA agents can easily access your case if needed. You can also choose a combination padlock that will let you set thousands of different combinations. Then, if you have to relock your case, the TSA agent will need to enter those numbers and the correct tools to unlock it.

Choosing the right lock for your pelican tool box is an important part of ensuring your equipment stays safe and secure. The best option is to choose a quality padlock that will fit the dimensions of your case and is sturdy enough to prevent theft. There are many types of padlocks available, and some are more durable than others. The key to finding the best lock is to choose a lock that will be resistant to attacks that don’t involve breaking or cutting, such as picking or shimming.

Most of the time, padlocks are used to keep smaller items, such as professional music monitors and cell-phones, safe in a tool box or case. Some of these locks are more durable than others and will be resistant to a wide range of attacks, such as picking or shimming.

The most popular type of padlocks for pelican cases are padlocks with a twisting bolt. These locks are designed to be hard to break, but still have a small amount of slam that will allow you to unlock the case by twisting the bolt. Most of the time, this isn’t a problem, but sometimes it can. There are a few other lock types that can be used, but some of them are too small to be safe for a tool box or case.


When it comes to organizing a pelican tool box, there are a few factors that go into the process. The first is choosing the right case, followed by determining which tools you need to put inside and how they’ll be accessed. Additionally, you’ll want to ensure that the case you choose is sturdy enough to withstand the elements, while also retaining a snug fit for your tools and other essentials.

Creating the perfect pelican tool box requires a bit of research and trial and error, but thankfully, it’s a process that is easy to repeat if you’re ever in need of a replacement or just looking for a new kit to take on your next adventure. We caught up with two of the industry’s most knowledgeable designers to learn more about the best way to do it: Brad, owner of the aforementioned Pelican 1560 Case turned Toolbox, and Jason, founder of Andax Industries. Keep up with them on Instagram and check out their awesome toolboxes in the gallery! If you’re in the market for a custom toolbox, we’d be happy to help.