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Old 04-28-2011, 09:33 AM   #1
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Build your own Paint Curing/Food Dehydrator

Hello All,

I put his together so that the community can also have the same amount of fun that I did when building this bad boy for my model building. I couldn't find a real decent tutorial so I put this one together. I also put together a short youtube clip to show the exploded view of the unit and how it all fits together.

I have not included all the steps such as "pick up drill"..... "make hole here".... "cut to this length" because I have provided the dimension images below and this unit is so simple that anyone should be able to figure it out by simply watching the video clip. All you need is some basic know how of electrical circuitry(like "fitting a plug" and "connecting a wire here and here") and also using a drill etc...

So I don't suggest you try this if you are accident prone

Using 2x 100W Bulbs:
The Top Chamber has been tested over a 24hour period to reach a maximum of 40C(104F)
The Middle Chamber has been tested over a 24hour period to reach a maximum of 45C(113F)
The Bottom Chamber has been tested over a 24hour period to reach a maximum of 52C(126F)
Note: To get cooler temps, simply swap out 1 of the 100W or both for 60W bulbs.

YouTube Video Clip Of the Exploded diagram and how it all fits together:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coDkgUNWkqQ

You will need the following:
8X 600mmx420mmx4mm Hardboard
2x 20mmX20mmX1.8m pine rods
1x 20mmX20mmX2.4m pine rods
Pop Rivets with fitting Washers
1X 80mm 220V or 12V fan (Purchasable at your local hardware store)
1X matching 80mm Fan DustCover to prevent dust from getting in to the unit
1x set of hinges that are smaller than 20mm
1x set of small wheels or feet. (I chose wheels for ease of transportation. This also lifts the unit up for the bulb fittings to clear the ground)
2x Kitchen cupboard door magnets
1x Plug
1.5m of electrical wiring
1x Standard toggle switch
2x 60W or 100W bulbs. (I chose 100W bulbs but this can be played with to get the optimal temperature you feel comfortable with)
2x light bulb fittings. (Remember, this depends on whether you purchase bayonet bulbs or screw in bulbs)

Dimensions:









Circuitry:


Some Final pictures of the end product:














Have Fun!
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:45 AM   #2
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Re: Build your own Paint Curing/Food Dehydrator

Great diagrams and photos. Nice work!
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:25 AM   #3
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Pretty cool! I think I will build one myself. Getting one in Canada is nearly 80 bucks which is a bit too expensive.... Thanks for the instructions!
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no problem have fun building and using it.
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by the way is the fan taking in air or pushing the air out of the box? I think taking in air makes more sense. Please let me know! Thanks!
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It takes the air in at the bottom and the warm air rises to the top and escapes through the top vents
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