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Building A Glove Box With TheNewGuy

~"This Is How We Did It Back In '05"~


Materials :

A 19 Gal./ 72L Sterlite /
Rubbermaid Container - (sizes may vary according to your needs... same principles apply)

2 - PVC Trap Clean-outs - For this demo I used 4" holes for 4" PVC pieces.

2 - Hose Clamps - 4"-4.5"

1 Pair - 13" Length Dish washing gloves or longer sleeved Gloves

Liquid Nails "Heavy Duty" or Silicone Calk & Calk Gun.

A Marker

A Cutting Tool to Cut Holes In The Container. Here, A jig saw was used (NOT PICTURED HERE)  but a Dremel tool or something similar will do.




The idea behind a glove box is so you can see in, work, and not breathe on or touch your work.  It also prevents foreign spores from falling onto your work and contaminating it. The goal is to
separate the outside world from this little sterile work station.

The Build

A 19 Gal./72 L clear Sterlite or
Rubbermaid container is used as the chamber.

Trace the outside of your 4 Inch trap clean-outs. Position them
where your hands will be comfortable working.  Make sure the holes aren't so close that it becomes too difficult to cut the plastic
without cracking it. Also take into account that the gloves aren't so far apart that you can't even hold a jar with both hands. Use your best judgement.

Then cut holes on the side.

Test fit to make sure the PVC fits inside the holes & move onto the next step. (threads go on the outside)

A 4 Inch PVC threaded trap clean-out is placed inside each hole and sealed in place with silicone calk. Make sure both the inside and outside have a solid bead on each.

That part is not always pretty, but this isn't really a beauty contest. Functional is what we are aiming for here. You can always clean up the mess before it sets. Even 6 hours later it will be more 
tacky & it will scrape off in a rubber like state. For a full cure allow 12-24 hours dry time.

[Outside View]

[Inside View]

Solid Bead -
[Inside View] - Post Clean up

Next, A pair of rubber gloves are wrapped around the ends of the PVC that are inside the box. The gloves can be the standard 13" length dish washing gloves or the longer
sleeve type 18" - 23" if you choose. While a disposable glove might work... it's life would be short lived before tearing & there wouldn't be much room to work. Aim for comfort,
get whatever length gives you room too work but doesn't get in the way, yet fits well with your box size.

A 4"- 4.5" hose clamp is used to secure the gloves to the PVC. This will complete the seal on the chamber, keeping the outside world away from your sterile work. Make sure your
gloves are set in the correct & comfortable position before securing the clamps. - Meaning (left glove is left / right glove is right, & thumbs
roughly facing upward) 

Tighten them snug, not to the point the clamp is cutting into the glove & going to cause a tear, but firmly secured.

When ready to use, wipe the inside down with ISO alcohol to sterilize, & allow it to dry. Then you are ready to get to work. I hope this has been helpful. Good luck. ~TNG

A quick tip about gloves... make sure they are made of a nice texture material for a good grip. These raised bumps looked nice in the package at the store but when testing them out, THEY ARE
SLIPPERY AS ALL GET OUT!!! Try to get yourself something with more grip than dish washing gloves if possible. I'm thinking of trying latex coated neoprene or nitrile coated latex.

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