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    So after trying to grow 2 plants in my cupboard I converted, I've decided it's too cramped so I'm going with 1 at a time in there. I worry then about my supply, so I've decided to build a small veg cabinet.

    It's too small for a cfl reflector ( inside measures 39cm wide, 40cm deep and 83cm high). That's assuming my diy skills are up to the task of building the cabinet. As usual I'm making things hard for myself and experimenting with an epoxy resin finish. Easy on a table, harder with parts that will need assembling.

    So I'm going with LEDs. The diodes on the strips are spread more than on traditional grow lights so they're better in a restricted height like mine. I wouldnt attempt this usually, but once again I have our resident guru Gardro guiding my moves and ensuring I use the right parts. Its insane how many considerations there are once you start to research what you'll need so many many thanks Gardro. For those of you wanting something for 2 plants, check out my other light build.

    I've ordered everything I need I think. Below is what's been purchased. Total cost is about £130. Probably could have been cheaper but I'm paying extra for the sellers with quick delivery and trying to ensure I use quality products. Total strips used will be 8. I ordered 10 cause you get a discount so the extra 2 only worked out at 2 quid each.

    Will use rivets on the frame. Went for angle bars either side for strength. And the larger one will be where the driver and dimmer switch is located.

    Items are due to arrive in about a week. Cant wait

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    Damn... £28 customs charge lol. It's on it's way tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silkadin View Post
    Damn... £28 customs charge lol. It's on it's way tho
    Did digikey uk not have any?

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    Dunno... I ordered from the .co.uk address. Maybe I've been scammed lol

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    It was sent from Thief River Falls, MN lol... but I cant fault the delivery time from DHL. So fast

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    I did some of the epoxy today. Annoyinging I needed double the amount that I had so I've just done a very thin coat. Debating if I can be bothered waiting on another delivery. It's not gonna be a centerpiece and I've had a chance to experiment so I'm just gonna move on and focus on assembling the sides top and bottom tomorrow. I'll the cut, sand and epoxy the door. And once that's attached I can work on the seal.

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    I'm already regretting not making this thing a bit wider, but that's only cause I'm day dreaming about possible scenarios where I decide to flower in there... such as for a mug challenge or something.
    That then got me thinking in about a diy carbon filter and I was looking at steel mesh on Ebay before I remembered I'm just making a veg cabinet... for now lol.

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    More arrived. Just waiting on the flat bar and flex. Also need to find an old power lead to chop and use between the ip68 plug and the UK plug. I have a faulty oil radiator so I'll cut it off of that I think. The faults with the switch so as long as the dogs havent chewed the power cable I'm assuming itll work. Had hoped to get the flat bar today to work on the frame.
    I'll be focusing on the cabinet door today instead.

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    Screw it... ordered more epoxy for the cabinet. Itll always irritate me otherwise

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    I give up on the epoxy. My own fault... ordered the wrong type. Too focused on the delivery time and cost. Got the quick setting kind... was halfway through covering the cabinet door when it started to set. The stuff left in the mixing bowl smoked as it set. I tried chiseling it off but it tears up the osb. So new plan is to cut a new door from ply as I've ran out of osb) which I've done. I used a trimmer/router to create a 2mm deep channel on the inside of the door for the seal to sit in. Tomorrow I'll sand it, paint it, and then use what little normal epoxy I held back to give it a thin coat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silkadin View Post
    I give up on the epoxy. My own fault... ordered the wrong type. Too focused on the delivery time and cost. Got the quick setting kind... was halfway through covering the cabinet door when it started to set. The stuff left in the mixing bowl smoked as it set. I tried chiseling it off but it tears up the osb. So new plan is to cut a new door from ply as I've ran out of osb) which I've done. I used a trimmer/router to create a 2mm deep channel on the inside of the door for the seal to sit in. Tomorrow I'll sand it, paint it, and then use what little normal epoxy I held back to give it a thin coat.
    What ya using the epoxy for silkadin?


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    Quote Originally Posted by British green View Post
    What ya using the epoxy for silkadin?


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    Building a cabinet for the lights to go in. Always wanted to try epoxy to get that glass finish and only have the scrap wood from my old bench to use so I thought I'd give it a go. Still wanna try it again some time... the resin tables I've seen on YouTube look awesome. Not exactly ideal for a cabinet but I thought I could make it work. Tired of spending cash and waiting on deliveries tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silkadin View Post
    Building a cabinet for the lights to go in. Always wanted to try epoxy to get that glass finish and only have the scrap wood from my old bench to use so I thought I'd give it a go. Still wanna try it again some time... the resin tables I've seen on YouTube look awesome. Not exactly ideal for a cabinet but I thought I could make it work. Tired of spending cash and waiting on deliveries tho.
    I'd say that you'd actually want to fibreglass the inside of the cabinet then. Completely water proof chemical resistant and once sealed no leaks of any type?

    I'm sure a fibreglass cabinet would work out cheaper than trying to seal it with epoxy resin.
    A good couple of coats of pva would also seal it and eventually give a glass like finish


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    Quote Originally Posted by British green View Post
    I'd say that you'd actually want to fibreglass the inside of the cabinet then. Completely water proof chemical resistant and once sealed no leaks of any type?

    I'm sure a fibreglass cabinet would work out cheaper than trying to seal it with epoxy resin.
    A good couple of coats of pva would also seal it and eventually give a glass like finish


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    Never tried fiberglassing, intrigued tho. So far the sides and top all have a thin layer of epoxy on em but only on the outside. It's hard but not as slick as I thought... feels tacky but not... kinda like a non slip material. I still have my old tent partially chopped up plus some scrap mylar so might use that inside, or i have some wood sealer, white paint and varnish. Still an armature in the workshop so always appreciate tips and advice so cheers for comments.

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    Getting pissed off with my aluminum bar delivery not showing up yet. Estimated delivery was 6th to 8th. Haven't got any response to 2 messages sent to the seller.
    Good feedback and a big seller tho so dont think I've been scammed. Hate being ignored tho

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    Waiting for epoxy to cure and then I can work on attaching the door.

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    Wish I'd bought better hinges... ones I'm using are a bit rubbish and ones slightly bent. The doors on and the seal works apart from one side where I ripped it off thinking that it was wedging the door too much. Haven't given up but if I can't find a way of tightly closing the door (as magnets will be too weak) I'll look at getting a tent and I'll turn the cabinet into shelves lol.
    Or I take the seal off so it closes easy and buy more to apply to an inner strip bordering the door opening. Shame though as I was hoping I'd be able to put in drawer runners so I could slide the plant out for training.

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    They're not pretty but hopefully they'll work.

    Just need those bars to show up. Been told it'll be by Friday now. Could've got them cheaper but their 3-5 day delivery hooked me mug that I am. Neutral feedback for this one lol... I rarely give negative.

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    Damn Ebay sellers. A week after the delivery date they tell be they'll be here today or tomorrow. Today I was refunded. So again, waiting on bars from a different seller

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silkadin View Post
    Damn Ebay sellers. A week after the delivery date they tell be they'll be here today or tomorrow. Today I was refunded. So again, waiting on bars from a different seller
    Although I know some may be genuine due to the situation...I know many eBay sellers are taking the opportunity to use covid as there 'go to excuse' as to why things are not turning up, most of the trust sellers have actually closed up shop.

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