Cut, drill and deco
1. Cut: remove the spines
A hot knife would also be a great tool for this. This one by Walnut Hollow is my current favorite. But, you need to use it with a nice fume mask, because some common plastics make toxic fumes when heated. An additional good ideas are a. work outside or b. use in conjunction with a fume fan (this Hakko one is my go-to). If you do any soldering, you might already have a fume filter like this one.
2. Clean: smooth the cuts
And wow, this works great! A nice sharp knife cuts this plastic like butter, even without the heat of a hot knife to ease the way. Just takes those spine bases right off. The only problem of course is that you can also cut into his back and lose a little of his nice coloring if you cut too close. What I think we’ll do is after we get these things off is we will add some coloring back with a sharpie.
3. Drill: fit and test
Optional: we could also drill along the sides of his body to store a whole lot more tools. The effect would be a sort of spiny porcupine, and would come to resemble an anklyosaurus. But since I’ve only got a few tools at the moment, we’re going to go with what we’ve done so far. Now let’s test fit: in no particular order, I’m just going to poke in some things and see what fits best where. After a bunch of trial and error, you’ll find an arrangement that looks dino-like.
4. Finish: touch up the back area
Finally, let’s go ahead and put the stuff back in… Looks beautiful, huh? Pretty awesome tool holder. So now on my workbench I’ll have my dremel and right next to it I’ll have my Dino holding my key go-to accessories, ready to hand. I think that’s pretty kick-ass.
The finished primordial tool holder
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