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Forum topic by JimRochester posted 01-20-2018 03:05 PM 843 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JimRochester

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01-20-2018 03:05 PM

I soak most of my pieces in a mineral oil bath. I have been looking for a good sized tub, even ordering a couple on amazon. The problem is the descriptions are very poor. The dimensions are of the top with no indication of the size at the bottom. The last one I order was supposedly 16” wide. When I got it, it was 15.25 wide at the top but the bottom was only 12” wide. Anyone know of good plastic tub at least 16” wide x 20” + inches wide at the bottom? Thanks.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.


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#1 posted 01-20-2018 03:10 PM

I’d have to think that HD would have a variety of different sized slop sinks that would fit the bill. Have you checked there? Would that work?

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#2 posted 01-20-2018 03:41 PM

take your measuring tape to your local Big Box Store and get what you need.
I would give up on the mail order.
and a quick question: my past experience with mineral oil is the piece remains sticky
for quite awhile. then you say you give your pieces a bath . . . do you have any “sticky issues” with that ??

Jim -BTW – looking at your projects, you do some very impressive work !!

Edit: with your immeasurable skills, couldn’t you make your own soaking tubs
out of wood and epoxy the insides ??
would the mineral oil have any effect on the epoxy after it is properly cured ?
I think this would be my approach if the two were compatible with a drain cock in one corner.
filet the inside corners with thickened epoxy to take out the sharp corners.
maybe a layer of fiberglass cloth over the wood embedded in epoxy ?
make a cover for it to keep trash and bugs out of it when not in use.
sort of like a specially made briefcase that is oil-proof.

Edit #2 – I remember way back when I was doing photography work, I had some large
plastic tubs for developing prints.
a quick google search for “Plastic Darkroom Developing Tray 16×20x3 Deep” turned up a few sources.
they have a corner designed to pour out the liquid. now that the Digital Age is here, these tubs are now
relics of days gone by and may be all over E-Bay, etc. (just a thought).

.

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#3 posted 01-20-2018 03:47 PM

FWIW, that’s the size of my large cutting boards; I looked and looked for that size tub. Could not find it in a shape that made any sense for me to use. There’s a couple of large rolling tool boxes that could work, but not well. You may find a Christmas wrap box, but I can tell you I gave up on the search.

I wipe on my mineral oil.

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#4 posted 01-20-2018 03:50 PM

You can try the farm and fleet store for a washtub or horse trough

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#5 posted 01-20-2018 04:07 PM

1/2” ply box lined with plastic.

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#6 posted 01-20-2018 04:45 PM

Go the Borg and look at mortar tubs.

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#7 posted 01-20-2018 06:12 PM

Thanks for the recommendations so far.

Henry. I find that letting them soak, if even for 10 minutes gets it much deeper than several coats wiped on. They look the same but my wiped on boards would dry out much quicker. I just dunk then wipe off the excess.

So far the developing trays and the mortar mixing trays are the most promising. I don’t have room for a big slop sink unfortunately. I would love to have one anyway for cleanup of paint and other messy stuff without having to use the kitchen.

I appreciate the compliments on my work. I could build something but I was hoping for the convenience of a plastic tub so I could easily get it out of the way when not in use.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#8 posted 01-20-2018 09:09 PM

They have those plastic storage bins at Walmart in all sizes. Plus come with a lid to save the mineral oil for later.

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#9 posted 01-21-2018 01:47 AM

I have a sterilite container about 20×30, with a lid, poured in a gal of mineral oil and let her rip. put the lid on and stash it on top a cabinet when not in use, use the lid with a couple strips of wood, to stage them after dipping, drips on lid, hand lid over tub, drips in tub. does ok
good luck with it
Rj

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#10 posted 01-21-2018 01:24 PM

I was at Home Depot last night picking up a few things and went over to the cement isle. Here was a nice mortar tray for $6 Home depot 15” wide which is sufficient for the majority of projects. There is a larger one but I don’t have the real estate in shop so I’ll try this for now. If it doesn’t work I’m only out $6. Thanks for the help.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#11 posted 01-21-2018 03:55 PM



They have those plastic storage bins at Walmart in all sizes. Plus come with a lid to save the mineral oil for later.

- AxkMan

+1

I bought some of the thinner ones at about $2 each. The lid makes it great for storing on the shelf when not in use.

Really though, there should be many plastic trays available in a size that would work.

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JimRochester

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#12 posted 01-21-2018 04:25 PM


They have those plastic storage bins at Walmart in all sizes. Plus come with a lid to save the mineral oil for later.

- AxkMan

+1

I bought some of the thinner ones at about $2 each. The lid makes it great for storing on the shelf when not in use.

Really though, there should be many plastic trays available in a size that would work.

- splintergroup

You would think, but the problem I was finding was that either they were too narrow at the bottom or they were ginormous. The other problem was the bigger ones and some of the under bed models had wheels and I didn’t trust those to be watertight.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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