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A Drying Box

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Brent Fordham, Feb 7, 2007.

  1. Brent Fordham New Member

    Country:
    Canada
    Here's a couple of photos of a drying box I built that was inspired by the ones I saw in a thread a few weeks ago. The control on the upper right side turns the light bulb on and off to maintain whatever setpoint temperature I dial in. The switch below just turns the whole unit on or off. The red light below that is a pilot that tells me if the unit is turned on if the door is closed. The silver lining (ah, there's always one of those) is an insulation called Reflectix that stops over 90% of the radiant heat transfer, hopefully making the whole thing fairly efficient.

    All comments/questions welcomed.

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  2. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Excellent work Brent. I like the addition of the Reflectix. How long does it take for a figure to dry now?
  3. Brent Fordham New Member

    Country:
    Canada
    Thanks, Guy. I haven't tested it out yet, but I'm hoping that oils will dry overnight now.
  4. periklis_sale Member

    Country:
    Greece
    to much work for me.... i will stick to my oven ha ha ha ha
  5. BESPJL Active Member

    Country:
    Portugal
    Hi Brent,

    what's the effect on resin figures?

    Cheers.
  6. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    That's a nice drybox.
    i have a similar one without the temperatur dialer.

    Marc
  7. Brent Fordham New Member

    Country:
    Canada
    Thanks for the comments guys. I had a good time building it.

    Paulo, I would be setting it at around 120 to 125 deg F (35 to 37C), so really just a very hot summer day (in Death Valley). At that temperature I don't think that I'd be concerned about heavy resin pieces at all (busts, larger scale figures, etc.) Smaller, thin resin parts such as swords and staffs might suffer some warpage though.
  8. Mongo Mel Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hi Brent,
    Great job. Really puts mine to shame :)
    I don't think you'll have any problems with the oils drying overnight. My drying box is smaller and without the reflective lining. Depending on the color, my oils can dry as fast as 6 hours. But the norm has been overnight without any problems.
    Craig
  9. Stephan Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Germany
    Wow I am impressed of that.
    It looks like much work for that.
    Thanks for the idea.
  10. Brent Fordham New Member

    Country:
    Canada
    Thanks for the kind words.
  11. BaronVonDuncs New Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Thats awesome. How well does it work? Does it cook plastic figures though as the heat stays in pretty well i assume with the lining, although with the on off mechanism of the temp sensor I would think thats pretty well mediated? What kind of temp do you usually use?

    I was just looking into the idea of building one of these and now you have got me thinking. Can you give more detailed plans of what you did? What kind of temp sensor is it how was the unit wired etc.
  12. 1969 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Nice work Brent, should prove very efficient.

    Steve
  13. redhorse Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    That's really professional looking.

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