I have a minor investment in two Incra angles, a Guaranteed Square™ and a Guaranteed 45° ™. Those of you who are woodworkers or use precision machinery understand their purpose, of course, which is to achieve a precise 90° or 45° angle, as one might need to do, for example, in laying out a joint, or setting a cutting blade.
Incra claims their angles are accurate to within 0.001″, and will maintain their accuracy even if dropped. However, you’d never want to actually drop or otherwise abuse one of these angles, as they’re beautifully made, and also run about $50 a piece.
Not too long ago, I came across two small carrying cases which had been tossed in a trash container at work. Designed to store and transport removeable disk drives, these cases are made of high impact plastic, have tightly locking covers with gaskets, fixed foam cushioning inside, and carrying handles.
I thought I could put them to some good use, so rescued them from the trash bin. Later, it occured to me they’d be ideal for my angles, which I had still been storing in their original cardboard boxes.
Tonight, I went about fitting these cases for my angles. I took the foam that the angles came packaged in, and, using a cutting mat, utility knife, and steel rule, trimmed it down to fit precisely within the fixed foam cushioning inside the cases.
They worked perfectly…..
A few thin layers of extra foam both above and below, and each angle was held snugly in place, and completely cushioned.
Now, I can carry my angles around and store them with out fear of damage or humidity. The fact that the cases stack nicely is an added bonus.