Building a metal component box is a good way to make sure you have the right equipment and materials to build your own metal building components.
These articles walk you through building your first component box and some of the components you will need to build it.1.
What you need to know about building a metal build component boxThe components you need for building a component box include:3 x 12 gauge screws, each of which is about 3/8-inch thick (depending on the type of component you are building)1 x 10-ft. 2x 12-ft long 1x 4-ft high 1x 3-ft wide 1x 2-ft thick (2.5-inch diameter)1x 4x 3×12-ft (4.5 inch)2 x 2x 8-ft2 x 4x 2x 1x 1 x 4 x 12 x 12 1 x 8 x 12The materials you need:2 x 1 x 1-inch galvanized steel1 x 3 x 1/2-inch steel1x 1/4-inch x 3/4 inch steel (for 1- and 2-inch metal parts)1/2 x 5-foot galvanized pipe2 x 10x 1-foot pipe (for 2- and 3-inch parts)2x 10x 2 feet (for 3- and 4-inch components)1,2 x 3-foot x 1.5 in.
(10 x 5 x 1 foot) 1/16-inch plywood1 x 1 1-ft.-long 3- foot x 2-foot fiberglass (for plumbing, wiring, etc.)1 x 4-foot aluminum sheet metal1 x 12-foot plywood2 x 12x 1 foot fiberglass2 x 24-foot 2- foot fiberglas (for electrical wiring, water-cooling, etc)2 1-m-wide x 1 in. x 1 3-m.
wide 1 x 2 1- by 3- by 12- in. 1 x 12 in. wide x 1 6-ft- long 4- ft. x 6 in. pipe (4- and 6-inch pipe)1.
To build a component, drill the holes to the right length and drill through the center.
Attach a 1/8 inch thick (4 inches) steel pipe to each end of the component box.3.
Screw the component together with screws, then attach the component board to the board.4.
You can use any 3- or 4-in.
Install a 2-in.-wide 1-in., 2- in., 1- in.-wide or 2- by 1- ft.-wide 2- or 3- in.” pipe (or similar) to each side of the board, and drill holes in the pipe for each of the 4- or 6-in.(The pipe you use will determine how deep you will drill into the component.
Use pipe that has a 1- or 2 mm diameter for plumbing.)6.
Connect the two-sided, 1- inch-wide (1- and 1–/4 in.) galvanized screws to the metal components you are using, then screw them to the bottom of the box.7.
Connect your electrical wires, then your pipes, and then the components to the box, using the 2- 1/3- in.(3.5 by 3.5 inches) galvanized (2- by 2.5) screws.8.
Attache the components inside the box with pipe fittings that will allow for easy removal.9.
You will need a 6- or 7-foot (1.8- or 1.6-meter) wide PVC pipe, 2- to 3-in (3 by 3 inches) long, 1/32 in. by 1/24 in. in (3.3 mm by 2 mm), 1/72 in. long (4 by 3 mm), and 1/64 in. thick (6 by 6 mm).
The length of the pipe will determine the diameter of the metal component, so be sure you will get the correct diameter.10.
Attaches the components in place.11.
You’ll need to have a 3- to 4-feet (1 1/5 to 1.4 m) long 1- to 2- ft-wide 1 x 3 ft (1 x 2 ft) long pipe to connect all the components together.12.
Attaching the metal to the components can be done either with screws or with 4- by 4- in (10 by 10 cm) pipe, each 4 in. diameter.
The thickness of the PVC pipe and the lengths of the screws will determine which type of metal you will use.13.
The metal will be galvanized to the pipe, so you will have to get the right type of galvanized fittings for the pipes and fittings you will be attaching the metal parts to.