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Old 05-16-2007, 01:21 PM   #421
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Parts

The icebox is three parts, a box made of 1/4" baltic birch, a sloped insulated cover and a correspondingly sloped receptacle for the cover.

I cut the hole in the countertop with a router and circular saw, then made a piece for a cover that fit that hole pretty closely.

The countertop will move around with changes in moisture - the plywood won't, so I built in expansion slots for the places where the box is attached to the counter.

I embedded magnets in the cover and base so that the top will hold down a bit better.
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Old 05-16-2007, 01:25 PM   #422
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Paint

The interior of the box is painted with "tough as tile" epoxy two part paint. I'm not positive this will continue to be water tight, but I'll fix it later if it isn't.

I insulated the cover and attached the box to the receptacle that goes under the counter. Then I put an inch on insulation on the box using foil tape to seal it. The box is screwed to the counter from below with more screws in slots.
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Old 05-16-2007, 01:28 PM   #423
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Insulation

I insulated the box with 5 inches on all sides, 3" on the cover. Since cold air drops, this top loading box should be much more efficient than a similar front loading box. Harder to get to the stuff inside though...

After insulating I drilled a hole in the bottom and set a drain in more epoxy. A tube goes out through the foam below.
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Old 05-16-2007, 01:31 PM   #424
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Drain

I got the box in the door of my airstream with 2" to spare, popped it in place and hooked the drain up to a t into my gray water tank (this water is then used to flush the toilet). I put a big circle in the tube to act as a water-lock, this will keep cool air from falling out the bottom and gas from the gray tank from getting up to the box.
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Old 05-16-2007, 01:34 PM   #425
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Here is the finished icebox - about 9" x16" x 16" inside. There is foam weather stripping around the edge to seal up the top. I used sewing table hinges and a ring pull for the top so it would be flush (it's my main work table)

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Old 05-16-2007, 03:11 PM   #426
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Wow...

Amazing work as usual from the ever talanted JCF.
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Old 05-16-2007, 03:38 PM   #427
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Very Cool - No pun intended - idea. Once on a hunt in Colorado we used dry ice - it kept things COLD for a while and cut down on regular ice usage. Just had to build a chage to keep it away from direct contact with the food stuff. I can see this as a great idea for a vintage restore for people who like to boondock and want to cut way down on power usage, Thanks.

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Old 05-17-2007, 12:44 AM   #428
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Wow! that's some quality workmanship as usual.
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Old 05-22-2007, 09:37 PM   #429
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Icebox

Thanks all,

I put in a bag of ice (and a few bottles of beer) and it lasted 5 days...

I'm sure there is probably some way of using maths to figure how many btu's are used per hour and so figure how much of my solar energy I would use with a small compressor and plate in there, but... if I multiply the cost of a bag of ice by 40 - 50 or so each year, it would probably be about 20 years until I spent as much as those pricey little boat compressors. So as long as I can get ice, it probably makes sense just to do cool that way.

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Old 05-28-2007, 06:55 PM   #430
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Disco Ball

I'm just about finished, just the Very Important stuff left.

I made a circuit that runs this little gear motor very slowly, it is recessed into the ceiling and a mirror ball hangs on a magnet so it can be removed. I thought this would be kind of funny, but in the dark it's very nice, like a room full of fireflies.

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Now that is way cool - great pictures and instructions as usual. Gotta see that one day in person. I lived through the disco era - I always thought the disco ball was neat.
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Old 05-28-2007, 08:50 PM   #432
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Old 07-09-2007, 08:41 AM   #434
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Carlos, very cool. I must do this! BTW, the subscribe button at the bottom of your blog is inop. I just see a lot of code on a new screw when I click it.

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Carlos, very cool. I must do this! BTW, the subscribe button at the bottom of your blog is inop. I just see a lot of code on a new screw when I click it.

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It takes me to the 'current location' page. Although in the right column there is an option to bookmark to an RSS feed, which I don't do, is that it?

For some reason, I only get notified of this thread every 4 or 5 months, then it takes me to page 1! Anyway, the icebox is very cool. How's it working out?
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Old 10-02-2007, 03:50 PM   #436
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Projection-podding

I've been in Burlington, VT working on my projection project - here are some pictures. The two rods on top fit into some holsters below the trailer, there are some custom milled brackets that they slide into when I project. It seems to work best when I put it next to a sidewalk so pedestrians walk between the screen and the 'stream. The figures are life sized or so...

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Very cool....lots of vilkem on those rails on the roof?



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I love it! very cool, man! We just have an old tripod screen from the 60's to go in ours, along with a DVD projector. It's fun... until the wind comes!

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I have a couple elastic lines that keep the screen tight, when it's windy it makes the films look pretty good, expanding and contracting... I am showing old home movies from the 40's-70's, so the extra destruction doesn't hurt the already flickery and halated film...

20$! I think I'll just set up a blog for pictures and link to it from here... Seems like there is enough advertising here to cover costs...
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