Drying cabinet - quick, ugly and cheap, but it works!

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Project by gridlockd posted 02-25-2013 12:14 AM 2410 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got this idea off another website, honestly I don’t remember which. So basically I took some leftover pieces of wire closet shelving, made a standing shelf, then took some scrap plywood and wrapped it, bought 4×8 sheet of insulating foam and lined the inside. then bought a $15 single pole baseboard heater thermostat and wired it to a ceramic attic light fixture I had. put a 100 watt bulb in it and closed it up. air holes at top and bottom to allow airflow. it works like a convection food dehydrator. supposedly it cuts drying time for green blanks down to 1/3 of normal time. If it doesn’t work, I can always use it as a warming cabinet for my glues and finishes! Thanks for looking!

-- Gridlockd

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#1 posted 02-25-2013 12:19 AM

Great idea. I just may have to make one. Thanks

-- Fat53, Canada

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 12:40 AM

I specialize in ugly builds gridlockd….aint nary a thing wrong with this cabinet….Good Job

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 10:15 AM

nice drying cabinet
even nicer timber inside, I have never seen anything like it before.
What sort of timber is it please? no doubt you milled it youself somewhere.


-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 02-25-2013 12:41 PM

What’s that old saying about necessity being the mother of invention?

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 02-25-2013 02:54 PM

thanks for the kind comments. Robert, the majority of what you see in there is spalted hackberry, I milled it from a lightning struck tree in a friends back yard. the other few pieces in there are maple and a couple of bradford pear blanks.

-- Gridlockd

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#6 posted 02-25-2013 04:07 PM

I like what you have done. Would like to get an update how this works out. I am always trying to come up with ways to get the drying time shorter.
thanks for sharing.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina ([email protected])

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#7 posted 02-26-2013 12:24 AM

What a great idea … whatever are we going to do when you can’t get incandescent light-bulbs anymore? Thanks Congress!

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#8 posted 02-27-2013 09:48 PM

Anyone that is interested, since I am experimenting with this configuration in an effort to create a quicker way to reach EMC on my green stock, I am starting a blog on my trials with this thing. feel free to follow along as I am gonna use the blog as an experiment log. and any suggestions are more than welcome, I’ll be glad to try anything reasonable that doesn’t result in my shop being burned down!

-- Gridlockd

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