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    I'd be interested in a division if you can spare any. Cool plant.

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    This would be a division of the pleurothallis crinita. Just PM any plants you would have for trade.

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    i agree a great looking case,just what i am thinking of getting,what is it constructed from,great looking ceph is it a giant it looks huge

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    Thanks. The case is mainly metal. I ended up adding in the middle section (below the angle roof) to make it taller out of wood and plexi. I was able to melt a circular whole through the plexi to pipe in the humidifier fog. It has a 4 in deep plastic tray at the bottom that came with it too, so I was able to just drop in a cookie rack to keep the pots out of the spill over water.

    The ceph is just a typical. The larger pitchers are just over an inch. The photo probably makes things look larger then reality.

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    thanks for the reply, any bad effects on the wood from the water involved,i was thinking of making something similar and being a carpenter wood would be a good option for me

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    The case is by no means as tight as a terrarium is. all the seems have air gaps. If you built something yourself, you could definitely tighten it up. The RH stays 70-90 because of the humidifier, without it, it drops to just a bit over what the RH in the house is, and gets hot. The wood portion at the top has actually held out just fine. The metal portion on the other hand has been getting some rust, nothing to do anything about, but it's there.
    I was planning on making a custom one years back... but as i stated before.. don't have a lot of time these days. It would be easy* to do though. Get a base pan/container/tray and build the frame around it. Make a access door. And those glass slides that are mentioned in the other thread "grow shelf basic and upgraded" would be perfect. I do have to say that they plexi is quite the pain since you have to be careful when cleaning to not scratch it.

    *based on your "building stuff" skill set

    ---------- Post added at 06:47 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:17 PM ----------

    *Now you got me thinking of making a larger one again.


    Since i had to mimic the square metal tube stock that the bottom and roof are made up, I used the same size wood stock. The below diagram shows a bird's eye view of the case. You can see the corners are just three lengths glued up, but you could certainly just cut the same "L" shape from a solid stock.
    You then just add in the glass track on the bottom and sides ... leaving the top open so you can remove the glass for easy cleaning. You also need to make sure that the glass is sized correct to the bottom tray so that all drippings will fall into the tray and not outside. For mine, I actually run a piece of tape along the bottom of each pane of glass that seals the joint between the glass and track. The water then just runs off the tape into the tray.

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    thanks so much for taking the time to explain in so much detail,in the new year i will definately start a similar project and i am lucky in the fact i specialise in bespoke hardwood conservatories,therefore should be able to use current suppliers for glass and such like,must start on some plans,thanks again

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    awesome... how about... you come over and make me a conservatory.. and i will make you a "mini" conservatory!

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