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  1. #1
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    Default Cheap Material for Outer Covers

    Hi All!

    I had some ideas for building a cheap homemade nuc—plywood supers, ⅛ in. hardware mesh for inner cover and bottom board, etc. I was wondering if there was some sort of a cheap material for outer covers. I've seen some videos where the nuc has a thin metal piece with the edges bent that fit snuggly over the nuc—which looks interesting. Does anyone know of any sort of cheap outer cover?


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    Default Re: Cheap Material for Outer Covers

    Mine are wood and covered with flashing material from Home Depot.



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    Default Re: Cheap Material for Outer Covers

    Neat! I'm trying to make it as cheap as possible—the flashing sounds like a really good idea. Are you using solid or screened inner covers/bottom boards?
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    Default Re: Cheap Material for Outer Covers

    Treated plywood makes a good top for a telescoping cover.

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    Default Re: Cheap Material for Outer Covers

    Go to your local newspaper and get some of the thin aluminum sheets they use on their printing presses. They are large enough to cover a full size telescoping cover, but are easily trimmed to whatever size you need. You have to clean a little thin layer of grease off the good side and a little ink off the other. Paint thinner works well. My newspaper sells them to me for $1 each.

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    Default Re: Cheap Material for Outer Covers

    Quote Originally Posted by applefan View Post
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    Are you using solid or screened inner covers/bottom boards?
    I use traditional inner covers, with a variety of bottomboards.

    My "Contemporary Hive Stand" has a SBB and a Smarted Rack combined into one assembly.

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    Default Re: Cheap Material for Outer Covers

    I've done the used aluminum printing plates over wood salvaged from used pallets. The sheets of aluminum cost me $2.00. I made them into telescoping covers.

    I've had really good success with 1" "styrofoam" (blue or pink). A sheet costs $19.99 at Lowes and you can cut 10 migratory-style covers from it. I cut them 17" by 21" to give just a little overage for a drip line.

    Downside? After three years of usage in my full-sun yards, they show a little UV degredation and it takes multiple bricks to hold them down.

    I cut them out on a table saw and the time involved is very minimal. I cannot speak to their insulating value.

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    Default Re: Cheap Material for Outer Covers

    I have made a lot of nuc boxes the past year...close to 40 or 50. I have used it all. If you can afford it the way to go is a one by 10 ripped for the lid. The next better option is 3/4 ply. After that 5/8s ply (what i use). IF you can find it, Steel ply knocks all of them out of the ball park! No painting, does not warp, etc.

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    Default Re: Cheap Material for Outer Covers

    Wow—sounds awesome. Great suggestions!
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    Default Re: Cheap Material for Outer Covers

    We use the flashing also, easy to work with, just staple it on.

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