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    Another very simple way to build a tray is with rubber roofing material, which is practically the same as pond liner. Build a box from wood or even cinder blocks, lay the rubber over it, tuck it in and start filling. Trim away the excess and maybe tack or weight the edges down and it's done. Much less aggravation than sealing with epoxy for an application where appearance is completely secondary to function. Although cured epoxy is a very stable and nontoxic material, while it cures it gases off things you don't want to breathe in. Work outside with it. If you know someone who is a roofer you can likely get scrap pieces big enough to work with for free. The only caveat about roofing rubber is that the only difference between it and pond liner is that roofing rubber is dusted with talc for ease of handling. Not something most cps would appreciate. You should scrub and rinse new rubber, or lay it out and let it get rained on a few times before using it.
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    Actually you could use cheap plastic sheeting or even tarps if you don't mind the decreased durability compared to rubber.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    Hydro shops carry such size trays but you'll be paying out the nose. I looked at them and then decided against it when I saw the prices they were asking! LOL

    Here's the choices at my local Hydro shop: http://www.midwesthydroponics.com/br...low-trays.html

    And those rates don't include shipping or rather freight shipping for the size you're seeking.
    Yeah, those are ridiculously expensive. Each tray probably cost ~$1.00-2.00 to make, if even. I did not see that site before, thanks for sharing!

    Quote Originally Posted by fredg View Post
    I came across that site. Sadly, I cannot find that model in the US. It is too wide anyway. I did find a 39.5 x 21.5 x 5.5 tray by that brand, I may end up paying the ridiculous $20.00 price for it. I could see $10.00, but not $20.00. I can buy planter bowls made in the USA and only pay $2.99 for a 16'' diameter bowl. Most places have silly prices for these things. Thanks for the tip anyway!

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    Thanks for your input too, SubRosa. The more I thought about it, I think I am going to stick with a plastic bin of some kind. I looked at some stores today, but I could not find anything that would work. I need it to be at least ~6 inches in depth. I did find a nice tray that met the length and width requirements, but it was only 2 inches in depth. Bah!

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    Here's another thought: Those underbed storage bins seem like the right dimensions & can be under $10 if you find them on sale locally. If too high they can be trimmed down with a knife, jigsaw, or boxcutter.

    Example: http://www.containerstore.com/shop/c...nderbedStorage

    Looks like you have a few options but nothing quite perfect. lol good luck on your hunt
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    The flood trays used for hydroponics are available in a wide range of sizes. Several companies manufacture these and I'm sure there's one that suits your needs.

    https://www.wormsway.com/local/search/search

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    Yes, I found a Sterilite underbed container before your post today, Knuckles! Problem solved for $11.99 (tax included). I brought it home, did some drilling, filled it with silica sand and peat, spread the Pinguicula and Drosera seeds I recently collected from my plants, and it is good to go! Thanks for the input everyone.
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