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Re: [BKARTS] affordable large vat



Hi Julie,

The vat I use is a wood structure lined with plastic sheeting. You can build it in a couple hours, and the materials are cheap.

I use 8" shelving wood and cut it to the desired dimensions. I use drywall screws to attach the 4 walls, then attach a thin 1/4" board for the bottom. Everything is cut with a jigsaw, or you could get the wood cut to size at the lumberyard. Its sturdier if you glue it together. Using a thin board for the bottom keeps it light enough to move around and store easily, but if you are going to waterproof it, you need a thicker plywood for the bottom.

Then I line it with 4 mil sheet plastic, bungee-corded in place. I take the plastic out and spray it down when I change pulp color, or just turn it to the clean side. Every once in awhile, I change the plastic for a new sheet. The first one I made was supposed to be temporary, but I ended up using it for 4 years. It works for me, because I don't change pulp color that often. But, you could also build a more substantial structure and waterproof it.

I'm glad to hear that you are making paper! Hope all is well, Ann Marie Kennedy

From: Julie Jones <jjones@xxxxxxxxxx>
Reply-To: Book_Arts-L <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: affordable large vat
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2006 12:33:37 -0600

Hello all,
I am hoping someone can suggest a low-cost sturdy vat or tub that can be
used to make 22"x30" sheets of paper. I am hoping for minimum dimensions of
30"x38"x8".
Thank you,
JUlie Jones
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