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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 12-17-2020 11:19 PM 818 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my shop, I’ve got a little inline electric water heater. It’s enough to make warm-ish water for when I need to wash my hands in the shop and that’s about it. But the contractor just left it hanging in space, and I’ve bonked into it with things a few times, so I decided to build a cabinet to protect it a little.

This is the result. Pine 1x lumber, with a dovetailed carcasse, with a 5/4 inch wide face inside the front, and a door made of mitered half-lap pine 1×4s with a piece of old Target particle board bookshelf to serve as the panel in the door. Mounted with a piano hinge, and with one of my first spindle turnings turned into a handle. The feet under it are turned ash (and shown in the third picture).

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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robscastle

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#1 posted 12-18-2020 12:24 AM

I dont want to get into hot water here, but.
1 Why is it only producing warmish hot water?
2. is the thermostat adhustable?
3. Is the temperator the wrong type?
4. an element may be faulty

A unit like that should be producing almost an too hot temperature water

A unit like the one you have there is the most efficient way of producing hot water

Anyway back to wood working:-
the cabinet design is A OK!
Dont forget to have some air vents included somewhere.

-- Regards Rob

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splintergroup

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#2 posted 12-18-2020 12:27 AM

Nice cover up Dave!

My wife really wants something like that for her space, only cold (50 deg.) water in there. Is it 110V powered?

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#3 posted 12-18-2020 01:01 AM

im with rob,warmish should be the low end ive got one the same size made by bosch 110v and ive got it set at about the 3/4 mark and the water is almost too hot too touch.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 12-18-2020 01:29 AM

Thanks, guys!

Warmish because that’s how it’s set, but it’s also a110V unit. At the flow I have, and the inlet water temp in winter, I don’t think it can get above 130F or so, though.

It doesn’t need a vent because the right side of the cabinet stops 3½ inches from the wall to make room for the pipes.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 12-18-2020 01:41 AM



Thanks, guys!

Warmish because that’s how it’s set, but it’s also a110V unit. At the flow I have, and the inlet water temp in winter, I don’t think it can get above 130 or so, though.

It doesn’t need a vent because the right side of the cabinet stops 3½ inches from the wall to make room for the pipes.

- Dave Polaschek


your right i didn’t think about where your at as opposed to so cal “winter” temps-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 12-18-2020 02:27 AM

NICE!! Have similar set up for mine and love having hot water in the shop for clean up. Have mine set at 125F and it holds 2 1/2 gallons. Little 110 unit, works great. You learn to trickle the hot water so you don’t run out. Our winters are mild so it doesn’t work top hard to get up to temp.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 12-18-2020 03:20 AM

Also note that when I say “warmish” I’m speaking from the point of view of someone who washed dishes through high school. Hot water was what we used in the commercial kitchen, and ran 170-180F. It’ll scald you. But it’ll sanitize dishes going through the dishwasher.

I think most home water heaters anymore won’t even get to “hot” according to my brain.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 12-18-2020 04:49 AM

I like it a lot Dave, good idea. Dovetails for a water heater? Wow, things are fancy in N.M. Here in Ill. it’s pallet wood and nails. LOL. And now you have a table next to the sink. 5 stars. I also see you’re utilizing those skills on the lathe. Nice job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 12-18-2020 05:26 AM

Thanks, Dave! I’ve been cutting so many dovetails for the bookcases, I think they’re quicker than nails now. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 12-18-2020 11:00 AM

Sweet little cabinet. Making included a lot of skill practice – dovetails, spindle turning – must have been fun to make.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#11 posted 12-18-2020 11:01 AM

Fine little cabinet for the heater, a beautiful winter coat.
Cool sink, big and functional for a workshop.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Dave Polaschek

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#12 posted 12-18-2020 12:33 PM

Thanks, Tom. Yeah, it was fun. And I got to “use up” a bunch of my early turning practice pieces.

Thanks, Mads. I don’t use a lot of water in the shop, but I’ll wash my hands at least once every day I’m working in the shop. It seems there’s always something.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 12-19-2020 09:46 PM

Very neat job Dave to both hide and protect the HWS, though I’m a little jealous as I just have cold water tap in my top shed, none in the garage workshop

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Dave Polaschek

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#14 posted 12-19-2020 10:53 PM

You should look into an electric one, Peter, since you’re in the land of 220V, and could actually get hot water. Bosch and Mitsubishi both make good electric units, though the cheapest Bosch ones were rather underwhelming when running on the wimpy 110V we have here in the states.

And thanks! There’s already one of the two speakers for the iPod (they’re 8” studio monitors – something like 35W of power) sitting on the cabinet now. Much better than having that on the corner of the bench.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 12-19-2020 11:34 PM



You should look into an electric one, Peter, since you’re in the land of 220V, and could actually get hot water. Bosch and Mitsubishi both make good electric units, though the cheapest Bosch ones were rather underwhelming when running on the wimpy 110V we have here in the states.

And thanks! There’s already one of the two speakers for the iPod (they’re 8” studio monitors – something like 35W of power) sitting on the cabinet now. Much better than having that on the corner of the bench.

- Dave Polaschek


i dont know dave my bosch is on 110v and ive got it the 3/4 mark and it puts out some hot water,all i need at least,it’s only 2-1/2 gallons.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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