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Old 03-10-2004, 07:35 PM   #1
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Homemade Battery Box?

Has anyone ever made their own battery box? if so how?
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Old 03-10-2004, 08:03 PM   #2
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Plastic boxes are readily available and cheap. Go to any marine store such as West Marine and you will have a mess of them from which to choose. If you for whatever reason still want to build one then I would suggest that get some 3/8" plywood, a pint of west system epoxy with hardner, fiberglass tape and some micro wood filler.
make a template of your battery
transfer the template to the plywood
cut out the wood
mix the epoxy and coat both sides of the plywood using a foam roller. 3 coats light sanding between coats.
using brads tack the box together
mix epoxy and wood filler to a consistency of peanut butter
make a fillet on all of the inside corners including the bottom using a tool similar to a tongue depressor
after making the fillet remove excess epoxy
when the epoxy has set but before it has hardened cover the outside edges with glass tape and wet it with epoxy using a squeege and getting all air bubbles out
when the outside tape has set cover all inside joints in a similar fashion.
when the epoxy has cured coat the box inside and out with two or three additional coats of epoxy using a foam roller.
If the box will be exposed to sunlight then it should be painted or coated with a uv protector.
presto you have a battery box
or drill some holes in the bottom and you have a live well for your boat.

Not real certain that after you read this you will still call me friend LOL
But I have used this process to make a darkroom sink and drain board. It works well if you have a special application and there just doesn't seem to be a ready made product that will do the job.
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Do you need a custom one, or a replacement for the factory box? A replacement can be had at a RV salvage. Or you can buy battery boxes at boating suppliers.

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Thanks for the replies
Yeah what I really need is a replacement one but I thought I should learn to make one also. I had a loooong list of RV salvage yards all over the USA but it was lost in a reformat I did, forgot to save it. Cant remember where i got it, is there a list available somewhere?


Tarheel, I was in Moyock once as a kid, cool place. I might take you up on the Courtesy Parking one day!

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Jason I would love to have you stop by. Maybe you could help me build a battery box for my 8N Ford tractor (1948).
Just curious did you come here to the boy scout camp?
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Tarheel, No I went with my father and a friend of his to visit some other friends of thiers. They were haveing a big party with a oyster feast and the works. it was around 1979 or so, was a great time!
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If you remember a name you will have to let me know. It was a small community then. Now all the Tidewater Virginians including me have invaded the town.
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