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Forum topic by Warren posted 02-04-2012 03:01 PM 1098 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-04-2012 03:01 PM

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Im not sure where I saw this but I built one for my shop. Its a simple box to keep my Stains,Paints,Varnishes, & Ect. from freezing. I live in Ohio so I deffinately needed one since my shop isnt heated 100% of the time. Anyways its a simple box, you can make it as big as you need to, I took a light fixture and put it inside the box with a cord and plug to plug it in all it takes if the box is well sealed is a 40 watt light bulb to keep supplies from freezing. I hope this will help someone save some money. Keep up the Great Work Everyone I enjoy the projects posted.

-- Warren, Cambridge,OH.

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#1 posted 02-04-2012 04:11 PM

Good idea, Warren. You should take a couple of photos and post it in the projects section.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 02-04-2012 04:20 PM

the woodturners workshop on pbs show I guy putting a 60 watts light bulb in an old repurposed fridge. he used it to dry rough turned green bowls. Never thought of using the same idea for paint storage.

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#3 posted 02-04-2012 07:06 PM

I live in MN and have the same concern so I did a similar thing. I took an old pantry cabinet and covered the outside with 3/4” foam. Then I made a hole just big enough for a simple light fixture to fit through and I made another hole for a thermostat. I was concerned about the possibility of fumes being ignited by a potential spark, so I picked a sealed thermostat that was designed for that type of environment and sealed all the joints around the electrical coming into the cabinet so there would be no chance of electrical sparks reaching any possible off gases. I keep it at a comfy 50 deg. and it has worked out well so far. Next generation will be a metal cabinet made for potential flammable liquids, but this works for now. By the way I only store things that have a low volatility like paints and stains, but you can never be to careful, so no aerosols.

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#4 posted 02-04-2012 07:16 PM

I’ve seen a similar box but it was lined inside and out with 5/8 drywall to make it fire proof for flammable material .

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