PsychoTek Glovebox - less mess, 24 bucks.
Posted 30 July 2007 - 01:14 AM
4 1/2" Hole Saw and the bit that goes into it bought from a hardware store with a big blueass building. Keep the packaging intact. (see below)
(2) 4" PVC Male adapters
(2) 4" PVC Female adapters
Total Cost of Box: 24.00 (keep reading)
I happened to own a file, drill bits, and an electric drill. The file was used to clean off the plastic after cutting it with the hole saw, but isn't really necessary.
Step 1 - Mark the holes for the arm openings.
I simply measured 4 1/2" up from the bottom, 7" from each side and used a marker to place a dot.
Step 2 - Used a drill with my smallest bit and gradually made the hole size larger by increasing bit size until the pilot hole was the same size as my hole saw pilot bit size.
Step 3 - Kind of silly, but my hole saw bit didn't fit into my drill, so I hand cranked the sucker about 400 times applying even pressure, being careful not to crack the flimsy rubbermaid container using the 4 1/2" hole saw blade with the bit installed into the center of the hole saw blade. (this just didn't fit into my drill head, yours might but note that mine didn't crack at all using this technique, so who knows)
It looked about like this:
Step 4 - File lightly the edges, this plastic crap makes a mess and by twisting the bit by hand my hole wasn't 'perfectly' clean around the edges, but it looked fine to me. (you can do this step if you have the file, if not pick the plastic pieces off by hand)
Step 5 - Lightly twist the male PVC adapter into the opening you cut, with the collar facing out so it looks like so: (Absolutely no cutting away/sealing/glueing/caulking required, yay!!)
Step 6 - Lightly twist the female part onto the male PVC adapter, rocking it back and forth until they meet up - opposites attract!
Step 7 - Dream about how great your microscope is going to look inside this glovebox. I chose not to attach gloves, but they can attach neatly enough with some small adaptations - mainly you don't want moving air, so this is probably fine for most people, especially us beginners, yay! I recommend using large circle clamps to attach gloves purchased from AutoWhateverStore if you feel the need. You should wear gloves when using your microscope in your new glovebox.
Step 8 - That damn hole saw bit and hole saw didn't fit my blasted drill, so I returned them both to the big blue hardware store I bought em from - hey having that receipt is handy! Optionally, you can keep your super new hole saw to drill uh, big circles into things.
Total Cost: 24 bucks and literally 15 minutes. It took me longer to write this post and edit the images than it did to build the box :amazed:
Posted 30 July 2007 - 01:39 AM
anyone got tips on a good way to attach gloves though? i didnt really understand what you were saying about the gloves
Posted 30 July 2007 - 01:52 AM
I like the female connector pieces
that attach on the inside
Posted 30 July 2007 - 01:52 AM
So long as you move slowly though, wearing gloves, you should be fine. The point of the box is to not have drafts of badness coming into your work - work in a small clean room and use good cleaning practices - shower, wear a dust mask, wear clean gloves, spray your box out and spray your work, set it in your box, spray it again for good measure, close your box, let it sit for a bit to let the cleaning spray do it's work, then work slowly and carefully.
Posted 30 July 2007 - 02:26 AM
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Posted 30 July 2007 - 02:55 AM
thats a neat glovebox ;)
Posted 30 July 2007 - 04:56 AM
RElly nice GB too, i got the box, now i need some long gloves and PVC parts.
Posted 30 July 2007 - 06:42 AM
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Posted 17 September 2007 - 07:08 PM
get cheap plastic flower pots
use hole saw to cut out bottoms
Posted 19 September 2007 - 02:10 PM
Very nice write up, btw.
Posted 19 September 2007 - 03:09 PM
Im about to build one miself.... I didnt know that gloves arent needed tho? hmmmmmmmm
Posted 20 September 2007 - 08:38 AM
There is only one thing I dont like about this design. If you have a deep gb, which I do, and you have to reach deep into it and manipulate an object then those pvc parts can hinder your movement by not allowing your elbow to bend. I think I used 6 inch pvc couplers. I'd recommend 8 if you can find em.
Posted 20 September 2007 - 08:49 AM
cheap plastic flower pots
come in all sizes
cut out bottom