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bjansen
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This weekend I decided it was time to build a new hot box. I went all out on this one so I decided I might as well do a short build along.
I started with 2 sheets of 3/8" 3 ply plywood and a 6 ft pine 1x12, some electrical boxes, hinges, wood glue, nails/screws, bubble insulation and a few other misc. scraps and other items we all have laying around.
Overall I was shooting for an exterior measurment of 84" x 12" x 32".

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Here we go:
Plywood is ripped and cut to deminsions for the bottom and sides:


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[coffee] I've learned that anything from Brad is going to be good!!! [campfire]
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Looking forward to this

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Yes I agree Dmaxshawn, anything he does looks great.
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bjansen
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Next, I assemble the bottom. I used some scrap 2x2 stock as an aid in the assembly and to add a bit more structural support.

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Next add on the end caps (1x12 pine). I initially just used glue and brad nails and followed up with drywal screws after the assembly was complete.

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Brad, check your camera in the setting's on mine I can set it for the internet.

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Add the sides:

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Remember to account for the width of the top so it can be inset into the box:

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Then cut your top piece to size:

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Now you should have an enclosed box:

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Lay the box on its side and use a straight edge to cut the lid off. I made my lid 8.5":

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Now you have a lid:
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Time for the electric. I am using 4 bulbs and I suggest doing your wiring outside of the box. I attached some 1x stock on the inside of the box for mounting surfaces for the electrical boxes as well:

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After installing the fixtures at the bottom, I put two supports to which my forms will sit on. I prefer this method as I am well aware of the space between my form and the bulbs (rather than a top mounted system). Also heat rises right!


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Now for some foil faced bubble insulation. I start with the bottom and the lid and work my way to the middle.

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Having a staple gun is great for this task:

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An alignment feature up front is a nice edition:

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I used a couple scrap stips to beef up the hinged portions:

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A coat of stain. The local heavily discounted mismatched color at Lowes of course:

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Some carry handles (for the guys who ends up taking this thing home from my estate sale 55 years down the road)

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Hinges:

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Some window insulation gapping for the lid threshold:

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Finishing up the foil insulation:

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For the lid handle...might as well use that broken bow for something:

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Disregard that whited out area...I will finish up the electrical details up front this weekend when the electronic temp control gets in. I am planning for an on/off switch prior to the ETC.

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