DIY flood and drain table.

Like the Kreg Jig, will definitely get one cause now all of my buddies want set ups too. Hate to bring back dead threads but can't shoot private messages, I'm still too new I guess? Had to give props when they're due, thanks for the great thread.
 

VictorVIcious

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About the time my son started working with me we made three tables the same size. First one took about an hour as we 'learned' the tool. Next two took about 20 minutes each/ Now, I write down the dimension and we adjust the cuts to match what we want. Your 'face' frames cross brace is 7" shorter than the outside dimension of the base, and the board attaching the 2 face frames to each other are 3" shorter than the length of the base.

We have found that making a base that is a few inches smaller than your 'table top' stops you from stubbing your toes, so we do them all that way now.

In order to send a pm, click on the screen name, it will bring up my profile. pm is one of the options I think. Please, any of the 'old timers' are happy to see old threads are still useful, post away. I think I only have about 12 total threads, so it won't take long. I do check this forum at least once a day. VV
 

shnkrmn

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Well, since you are back, I never got a chance to say how valuable your threads were to me. they gave me some of the first glimmerings of how hydro could work in my situation. So thank you!
 

tat2ue

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Hey VV...Nice thread, I also make my own DIY flood and drain tables and thought I would pass this along to you and your subscribers. Instead of lining your table(s) with pond liners or plastic, I have been using a liquid rubber called BlueMax made by http://www.amesresearch.com/ It goes on easy with a brush or a paint roller and since it is not petro based it is non-toxic to plants and animals. Its a little pricey for just one table @ $150.00 for a 5 gal pail but it works great. I added a few pics of the tables I built using this stuff. Hope this helps someone.
 

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VictorVIcious

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Well thanks shnkrmn, glad to be hear that.

Those are really nice looking tables. How many tables did you get from the 5 gallon bucket. Do you have pictures of the build? Please post them if you do.

Funny think is, I don't have any of those tables now, I am using the ebb and flow buckets. Saves on nutes because you can use less water. We have 4 sets of buckets in flowering and two in vegging plus a few mothers, a few cutting ( not yet rooted). If I had known about the blue max back then I might never have changed.lol VV
 

tat2ue

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Well thanks shnkrmn, glad to be hear that.

Those are really nice looking tables. How many tables did you get from the 5 gallon bucket. Do you have pictures of the build? Please post them if you do.

Funny think is, I don't have any of those tables now, I am using the ebb and flow buckets. Saves on nutes because you can use less water. We have 4 sets of buckets in flowering and two in vegging plus a few mothers, a few cutting ( not yet rooted). If I had known about the blue max back then I might never have changed.lol VV
I can water proof five or six 4'x8' tables with one five gallon pail of BlueMax liquid rubber depending on how thick you spread it on and how many coats you apply. I did a thread in the DIY section on my flood and drain tables about 5 or 6 weeks ago, you should have no problem finding it if you do a search.
 

Hot Diggity Sog

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Hey VV...Nice thread, I also make my own DIY flood and drain tables and thought I would pass this along to you and your subscribers. Instead of lining your table(s) with pond liners or plastic, I have been using a liquid rubber called BlueMax made by http://www.amesresearch.com/ It goes on easy with a brush or a paint roller and since it is not petro based it is non-toxic to plants and animals. Its a little pricey for just one table @ $150.00 for a 5 gal pail but it works great. I added a few pics of the tables I built using this stuff. Hope this helps someone.
9 1/2 year old post but damn that is the shit. You just solved my challenge :)
 

Drop That Sound

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I dunno if I would trust it, if its some elastomeric type blend. Wouldn't the 5 gallon pails of 100% silicone roof coatings like tropi-cool work just as good for a little more? Or would it have to be in clear to be non-toxic?

How about FRP panels at $30 a sheet, could line tables with it. I think they make UV safe just cost more. Not sure if toxic though.

I think the best and possibly cheapest without having a plastic forming setup would be to use food grade fiberglass gelcoat resin (or 2 part epoxy), with fibreglass mat. Make some kind of a releasable mold to do hand layups over. With a vacuum bag system you could pump them out, and get really intricate with the water flow channels on the bottom of the trays too.. You wouldn't need plywood either way because they would be rigid stand alone trays on there own. Lining plywood with fiberglass is super easy though, could get away with 1/4 probably.
 
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