Poor man's sterile fungi grow box

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Blog series by Sodabowski updated 05-13-2011 02:25 PM 2 parts 13045 reads 16 comments total

Part 1: Project overview

05-09-2011 09:23 PM by Sodabowski | 13 comments »

In this series I will follow the making of a specially-designed box for petri dishes into which I’ll grow Chlorociboria species fungi. I of course could have come with your average box, but as cultivating fungi on agar is quite delicate matter, because of the risk of contamination by airborne molds, I ended up with a forced-air, filtered design for the box, with pressured air provided by a fish tank air compressor, which is quite overkill for the oxygen needs of fungi. After s...

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Part 2: the air-ducting base plate

05-13-2011 02:25 PM by Sodabowski | 3 comments »

This post is about making the base and its two routed layers. Here I’m routing the air distributing plane, with my Dremel fitted with a tile router base and a downcutting bit, which prevents cutting all the way across the MDF in case the bit comes loose and keeps the edges of the routed channels nice and sharp. I sized my air channels wide enough that I don’t have to be really picky about their exact width, as long as Bernouilli’s law is respected (that’s why...

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