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Old 10-26-2011, 12:09 AM   #1
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It isn't anything most of you haven't seen before - but a slightly different implementation:


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Basically I wanted to keep the top surface minus where the hopper comes through clear so that I could use it for something else - like a stir place for example. Inside on the left I'll have my 5-gallon bucket (have to build a riser for it to get it closer to the mill output) and on the right side I'll probably put a couple shelves in for storing things like my grain scale. I finished the front off with a bronzed plexiglass for no other reason than I that's the way I wanted it to look The side has a stainless steel standard sized blank switch plate that I've made a cut of for a IEC power connector - and I'll drill a hole for a DPDT center-off switch (obviously only half used - RadioCrap didn't have SPDT switches I liked). The entire shelf that supports the mill and motor is easily removable so I can work on it outside the cabinet.

The mill is a Barley Crusher with the 15lb hopper - with the LoveJoy spider and couplings and finally the ubiquitous-standard motor from Surplus Center.

Ideas on how to finish the cabinet off!?


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Old 10-26-2011, 12:17 AM   #2
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Very nice build!

I like the idea of leaving plenty of room for the scale on top.


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Old 10-26-2011, 01:41 AM   #3
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Basically I wanted to keep the top surface minus where the hopper comes through clear so that I could use it for something else - like a stir place for example. QUOTE] Assuming you mean stir plate isn't that a big no no...yeast/starters near your grain?
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Basically I wanted to keep the top surface minus where the hopper comes through clear so that I could use it for something else - like a stir place for example.
Assuming you mean stir plate isn't that a big no no...yeast/starters near your grain?
Yes, for lacto avoidance, that's the commonly accepted wisdom...

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Old 10-26-2011, 10:43 AM   #5
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I didn't mean to imply I'd be stirring at the same time I'm milling if that's how it came across. It was just to illustrate keeping the top free of mechanics/electronics so it could still be used for something.
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Very well done, nothing like any other mill station I've seen. Is your house filled with home made furniture?
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Old 10-26-2011, 01:27 PM   #7
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LOL not at all! Not even a single piece. For beer sakes I do it
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that's really sharp looking, nice work.
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Much appreciated! Anyone got any comments on finishing the outside? The only idea I've gotten so far is to stain it black.
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You could leave it natural and just put on about 4 coats of polyurethane.


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