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Building custom enclosure: 2 questions

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Posted by: rtl402 at Tue Jan 13 12:47:53 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by rtl402 ]  
   

I went with a 27" width, as some have mentioned 30" is tough to reach to the back to clean. I wanted more then 24", but if 30" was going to be a pain in the neck to clean, I figured split the difference, 27".

Mounting lights on the top may be very tricky, as if you cut a hole for a bulb, and it needs to be moved, you can't undo the cut for the hole. You may want to consider putting your bulbs on the inside. I also suggest using the oak for the entire thing, other then some type of molding around the outside if you choose to use it. Any piece that has contact with the inside of the enclosure (front, back, sides, top and bottom) should probably ALL be oak due to temperatures.

I spoke to the manager at lowes earlier, he can order 1/2" oak ply, but it needs to be ordered by the pallet (50 sheets) and I very much do NOT need 50 sheets heh. I actually need 5, maybe 6 in case I mess up a cut somewhere.

You could definitely use another type of lower cost wood to build your stand out of, as it wont be getting any heat directed onto it. I am also not sure of the pvc material you mentioned, but look into it and see if it can withstand high temps without emitting toxins.

Also, what type of substrate did you plan on using? It may help you decide what to do on the bottom of the enclosure to avoid moisture issues or mold from old substrate


   

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