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Old 03-20-2012, 09:20 PM   #1
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Is there a good reason why i couldn't just make an enclosure for my Elec brewery out of a nice wood and stain and clear coat it? it would be super simple to make and drill out holes and etc. and CHEAP!



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Old 03-20-2012, 09:32 PM   #2
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Most of the parts are designed to fit on thin gauge metal not dimensional lumber. Hardly impossible to overcome. You could even use sheet metal for the front of the box.



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Old 03-20-2012, 09:49 PM   #3
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It is more difficult to ground but not impossible.
As itsme6582 said, most components (switches, lights...ect) are designed for thin metal.
It will need more care than metal.

Other then that I don't see a problem.

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i don't see it being any more dangerous than plastic or fiberglass. wood doesn't require a ground. i'm also not leaving the enclosure plugged in when not in use.
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Thin plywood should work great but anything else will twist & warp over time.

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i don't see it being any more dangerous than plastic or fiberglass. wood doesn't require a ground. i'm also not leaving the enclosure plugged in when not in use.
wood isnt extremely dangerous, but it can be mildly conductive, its flamable, and it can absorb water very easily and become extremely conductive. however you also cant ground a wood box because its not uniformly conductive like a metal box is.

if you needed to adhere to electrical codes, wood is not an option. if you understand these extra risks, wood is not especially dangerous and should be fine to use for a personal project.


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