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Hi, new member here. Lived all over the world. I have exactly zero experience with woodworking and tools, long live econometrics.

I am building my own LiFePo4 battery box. Rather than using a plastic case, I decided that my battery box will be sealed and insulated inside so I can maintain a temperature range of 22~30 degrees celsius. I am living in Pakistan right now, so finding any branded tools is a task in itself. Bosch is the only one I could get a hold of, and Bosch is very peculiar in the way it sells. Routers are especially frustrating, why do they even make 12mm router collets 馃槶.

To get started with the battery boxes, I was thinking either wood or plywood depending on which one is cheaper and stronger. Still haven't found a shop for plywood, will check in a few days, have a few leads. For the box I was thinking of a simple joining, using pocket screws everywhere. I haven't tested glue strength yet. I am still trying to reach the Chinese manufacturer of titenbond and see if they can point me in the right direction. Importing the glue from amazon basically costs me 2x the listed price due to shipping and import taxes.

Once the basic box is set up, I'll be using a router to smooth out the edges. Later on, once I get more experience and comfortable, I will use more fun ways of building boxes and make them better. I will be primarily using a drill/impact driver, handheld circular saw and a router. Don't have space for any equipment that requires a table. The router is a plunge router, everything is done by hand.

I am sure, over the next few months I will be bombarding everyone here with lots of minor questions.If everyone could patiently point me in the right direction of where to read up on things, that would be great.
 

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welcome to the forum, Asder. we welcome members here from all over the world and all skill levels.
if you have any, could you post some sketches, drawings, or sample photos you have ?
knowing what you are trying to make will help us help you.
 

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welcome to the forum, Asder. we welcome members here from all over the world and all skill levels.
if you have any, could you post some sketches, drawings, or sample photos you have ?
knowing what you are trying to make will help us help you.
Hi John, I'll draw up a basic plan over SketchUp on the weekend. Just a simple box, I don't even know the exact dimensions yet, as I am still waiting for my batteries. Most people don't make temperature-controlled boxes out of wood, so not sure how effective this will be. I might just go for an acrylic controlled box sitting within a wooden box. Have to figure out all the wiring length, sizes and all that fun stuff. Drill holes, seal holes, what kind of things to use.

Basically I just have a rough idea in my mind with nothing concrete to build upon, so while waiting I am gathering as much information as possible to help me figure out simple solutions rather than elaborate ones.
 

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I'm also gathering info to build my own batteries and will probably use 32650 LiFePo4 cells but I'm looking at one of the plastic containers with wheels. I build enough wood projects so if I can buy a container for $20 or so then that's a better place for me to start.

Looking forward to seeing your schematic; I have yet to design my system.
 

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WElcome to the forum, @Asder
 

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I'm also gathering info to build my own batteries and will probably use 32650 LiFePo4 cells but I'm looking at one of the plastic containers with wheels. I build enough wood projects so if I can buy a container for $20 or so then that's a better place for me to start.

Looking forward to seeing your schematic; I have yet to design my system.
I am using prismatic cells, about 5kg each. Possibly sell my batteries in the future. Selling a wooden box looks more attractive than a plastic box when people are paying thousands of dollars for the batteries.

WElcome to the forum, @Asder
thank you.

I see things that would make good cases at Army Surplus outlets.
Being in Pakistan, options are limited and often expensive. This is the land of customization. Imagine there are villages here where you can buy customized RPG made by hand. Clothes are stitched by tailors. Food is often made from scratch everyday for each meal for most homes, except the ones who are well off and prefer processed food for some odd reason. Plus there is no industry present in the country so most items are imported, which makes things more expensive. Plus ever since I started taking sourdough baking seriously I have learnt that nothing is simple, everything should be learnt through practice and effort. Making these boxes will also help me build other minor things around the house.
 
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