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established1976

How To Make A Stealth Veg Cabinet On A Sunday Afternoon

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I had a cabinet I have been using for a few years, perfect really for this.... internal measurements are 80cm x 80cm by 39cm deep

First job was to clear it out, then strip out the shelves and the doors and give it a clean with fairy and hot water.

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Next job was too install the mylar reflective sheeting, I bought plenty for my drobe but never used it as it was white inside already (except the doors), I had to go b&q to get the adhesive and the wallpaper smoother so total cost so far - £10.52

I cut it to size before installing rather than trim an oversized piece down later I thought this would be easiest. It not perfect but its pretty damn good considering there's screws/cams etc underneath it. I pasted the wood rather than the mylar as that meant I didnt have to get paste all over the floor :applause:

I wasnt bothered if the mylar was a few mll short at the corners as I intend to run a bead of silicon round it anyway.

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hi 1976 ill watch this with interest see if theres any good tips for my build.

all the best mate :applause:

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Next job is the ventilation I am using PC fans and a power adaptor all from maplins, the 80mm fans are £8.99 each and the Mains adaptor was £10.99, I also got a 4 way Extension lead which cost £5.49, total cost at maplins - £34.46

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hi 1976 ill watch this with interest see if theres any good tips for my build.

all the best mate :wassnnme:

cheers newbudda, we'll see how it goes ... hopefully I will post something someone finds a help!

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the mains adaptor I bought has output voltage through 1.5, 3, 4.5, 6, 7.5, 9 and 12v DC I found the fan will work between 4.5 and 12v and I think 6v is best for low noise pollution.

At full speed it can change 1 cubic metre of air a minute so with my drobe being 0.8 x 0.8 x 0.39 = 0.25 cubic meters at full speed it changed the air four times a minute so (Im guessing now) if I switch it down to 6v then it will chane the air once every 30 seconds ish .... even it it was 5 times slower Im sure it enough.

I made a wiring loom to run from the mains adaptor to the fans, I had some wire, pin headers, solder etc already so this cost me nothing.

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this is good m8, I'll keep checking in. Kep it up pal :wassnnme:

Legion.

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Luckily I have a 79mm hole saw through work (the fans are 80mm) unluckily it was loose and maybe in future I will check it before I use it, I already cut 2 holes that could have been slightly smoother before I figured this out, one of the holes is top right and one top left, I kept them both on the same side so I didnt have too many wires running about

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here's a shot off the fans fixed in place with a couple of drywall screws from both inside and out

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on this picture you can see I have now siliconed all the corners with grey silicon, I have also installed the 4 way extension lead, i drilled a 8mm hole to feed the wire through (also had to remove plug to get it through hole) the mains adaptor is all powered up now and fans are running at 6v.

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I already have a 125w blue invirolight, it was out on loan but it came back a few hours ago so i got a couple of hooks fixed to the top and hung it with easy rollers its about 20cm from the top of the reflector to the top of the cabinet and about 45cm from the bulb the the foot of the cabinet, if i need it higher I can remove the easy rollers and use a short chain.

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this is as far as I got on this fine sunday afternoon, the cabinet is fucntional but I need to address the light leaks so in the next phase I will fit door stops with draught excluder (P section)

will also at some point look at making a home made carbon filter for the extract any maybe beefing the power up some so we still have negative pressure once filter is fitted.

you can see from the pics its hardly light leak free .... but the temps are good and the air circulation is good .... to be continued

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A true craftsman, that is top quality mate, why don't mine ever look that professional!!

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looking mint that there veg box, nice job m8 lol

Healthy :yahoo:

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very nice man makes mine look :rofl: well done :doh:

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