Dehydrator List of tools:
1/16" Drill Bit
Mitre' chop saw or back saw and mitre box
3/16" drill bit
Screw tips for drill extention- hex and or Phillips/cross tip
Caulking gun or small tube of caulk
Bill of Materials:
Sheet rock screws- 16 ea
#8x3/4" screws, or hex head self taping screws
1-1/4" sheet rock screws-12
Foam gap filler
1 sheet 1/4"x4"x8" plywood or other siding material
8'x2'panelized roofing clear or other clear sheeting
2-2'x18" min pieces of galvanized or other sheet metal (for solar collector and heat shield inside)
12 ea 1"x3"x8" spruce for framing and rails for racks
2 ea hinges for door
Netting to keep bugs out of openings
PVC pipe (optional)
3 porcelain light fixtures pull cord
3 octagon electrical boxes
Step 1: Side Wall
Step 2: SIde Supports
1. Cut two boards that are 38" long and sqare at the ends.
2. Cut two more boards that are 30 5/8" at there longest point. Next you need to cut the top of the boards off at a 20 degree angle.
3. Cut two boards that are 41 1/4" then cut off a 20 degree piece from one end, then cut of a second 20 degree piece perpendicular to the first cut.
4. Cut the last two boards 42 3/4" inches long and cut off a 20 degree piece from the top.
Step 3: Mark Walls
Step 4: Screwing on Support Beams
Step 5: Back Supports
Step 6: Front Supports
Step 7: Roof
Step 8: Front
Now you need to screw the roof and the front on.
Step 9: Door and Floor
Then cut out a piece for the door it should be 24"x42 3/4"
Step 10: Runners for the Racks
Then cut the boards in half.
And drill a hole in both ends of the board 3 1/2" from each end.
Step 11: Legs
Cut 4 legs that are 12" long and cut from a 1"x4"
Then mark out a square and draw a line at a 45 degree angle.
Drill two holes one on each side of the diagnle line.
Step 12: Door
The boards need to be cut from a 1"x4"
The first two should be 18 15/16"
The second two should be 42 5/8"
Now screw the boards to the door.
You can add a latch to the middle of the 42 5/8" board.
You will need to to miter out a section of the door so that you can screw the hinge on flush to mount the door to the tower.
Step 13: Solar Heater/Collector
Step 14: Bend the End
Step 15: Heater
2 should be 30 7/8" and be cut from a 1"x4" board
2 should be 30 7/8" and be cut from a 1"x2" board
and the last 1 should be 14 1/2" and be cut from a 1"x2" board
Drill two holes in either end of the 1"x2"s it doesn't matter were you drill the holes but make them around 3"s in.
Now screw thought the black side of the metal and into the 1"x4" boards you should screw them in at about 4". they should be flush with the metal, do this to both sides. Now black your 1"x2" boards to the top of the metal and screw them thought the holes and in to the black side of the metal.
Now screw a 20"x30-7/8" board to the 1"x4" boards.
Step 16: Solar Heater Cover
You should have two pieces of roof left you will use them and some wood to cover the front back up later.
Step 17: Cover the Front
Now screw the two pieces of plastic to the front.
Step 18: Foam
DO NOT seal the cracks on the top of the roof this is were all the moist air leaves from.