A glove box is a piece of equipment that lets you perform work on a subject while keeping it in isolation. A glove box is most commonly used to protect operators working with hazardous materials, but it can also be used to protect sensitive materials from the outside atmosphere.

In this project, I am going to show you how to make a DIY glove box. Since different applications require different degrees of isolation, I am going to demonstrate a variety of design features and how to implement them. You can then choose which features you want to use in your glove box.

Step 1: Unsealed Glove Box

The most basic kind of glove box is just a clear container with holes in the side that you can reach through with gloved hands. This design is suitable for containing large particles that quickly settle to the bottom of the box such as wood chips or metal shavings.

To make this, you will need a pair of gloves and a clear plastic storage tub. Try to find a tub that is at least mostly transparent. You need to be able to clearly see what you are doing when you are working in the glove box. Start by deciding where the arm ports will be located. You want them to be spaced out enough so that your arms will be in a comfortable position while working. Trace a 4 inch diameter circle for each arm port. Then cut out each circle with a knife or rotary tool.
<p>A 2 lb tin coffee can burns the perfect size hand holes and does not crack the plastic. </p>
<p>How exactly do you cut the holes into the box without cracking the plastic? I starting by drilling eight small holes around the perimeter of the circle I wanted to cup, I scored the perimeter of the circle with a box knife, then sawed between the drilled holes with a hack saw. I broke the hack saw blade and crack the box. What would be a better approach?</p>
<p>A 2 lb tin coffee can burns the perfect size hand holes and does not crack the plastic.</p>
<p>I used the pipe to trace the hole. Then I just used a box cutter style knife to cut out the entire hole. It helps if you cut it from the inside of the box and have the other side pressed against a block of wood.</p>
One way you can get electric into the box is to add an electrical box. Use a plastic old work electrical box, the one with tabs, to hold it in place, you can further seal that electrical box with sealant once the cord is installed. Use an 12 gage wire extension cord to wire up the receptacle and make the cord as long as you want. That way you have a direct connect within your box. For the glove fittings you may want to use a Male and Female 4&quot; adaptors, so that you can screw the fittings into place through the plastic for a more secure setting of the Gloves. You can even use the ends of the gloves to act as a seal as your screw the two parts together. Great idea for a Glove Box and I hope you consider my suggestions as possible upgrades.
Dude, that's a great idea.
This is a great way to make a rudimentary and typically pretty effective glove box. This, minus the airflow bit, is perfect for people who grow edible mushrooms at home.
<p>This is great -- will use on my next world domination plot !! MWAHAHAHAHA</p>
Looks awesome I just built one of these last week as a &quot;clean room&quot; to rebuild a laptop hard drive in. Great instructable could have used some of your designs to improve on mine. Thanks
I was just looking at this today for the exact same thing. Thanks for posting this comment since it helped make that decision easier for me. Did you use an ESD bag on the bottom or was that an issue with yours?

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