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Old 10-26-2011, 08:26 PM   #11
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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.
I would just paint it black, but that's me. I painted all the wood trim in my brew shed black and it looks awesome.

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Old 10-27-2011, 04:37 AM   #12
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Ya that would be simplest for sure. I'll probably end up doing something like that in the end but I still welcome any other ideas!

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Old 03-12-2012, 01:58 PM   #13
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After the whole build project being on hold for many months I'm happy to report I've finally finished at least one major component!

Door closed:

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Door open, slide out shelf:

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Closeup of motor (capacitor is behind the motor - strapped down with a simple aluminum strip, 2 screws, polycarb as a standoff and coated in plasti-dip):

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Control (horrible lighting: but basically a SPDT center-off switch and an IEC panel mount connector on a dirty stainless cover):

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Eventually I'll paint it black but that is not important at the moment! Two unintentional but pleasant side effects of this design: 1) It's quiet with the door closed - shockingly so. 2) The area under the buckets just happened to be high enough for a couple lids! Storage is a premium so it's the little things.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:11 PM   #14
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Nice build, im thinking of doing something similar. I have some questions, im not much of a sparky. why the capacitor, is it for motor startup. Also could you tell me the type of motor? Did it come with the gear reduction or is that seperate?
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:16 PM   #15
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The capacitor is indeed for easing motor startup. Surplus Center used to carry these motors (5-1098, low rpm high torque and CW/CCW operation) motors and they included the capacitor. They no longer carry these so I'm not really sure what people are using now.

It does not come with the couplings - those are purchased separately and in two pieces (each side's diameter).
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:31 PM   #16
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Thank you very much for the info. Im sure I can find a similar setup maybe from grainger. Unfortunately I'll be using a corona mill instead of that nice piece you have. So I am figuring on using a pulley setup instead of a coupler. Great info and much appreciated.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:12 PM   #17
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Dude....nice job! I will definitely be picking your brain and stealing a couple of your ideas. As soon as I finish my ferm. chambers....it's onto the grain weighing and milling station. Very inspiring!
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Wow, nice craftsmanship. Looks great.
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Thanks - much appreciated! Pick away - happy to help any way I can.

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