This week I decided to make a UPS enclosure which also acts as a mini garden. It’s going to be kept outside so it has to be weather proof. Let me show you how I did it.
I have all the cut pieces ready. The dimensions change depending on how big your ups enclosure needs to be. To fix the face frames at right angle I am using a square and two blocks of wood. I carefully position them on my work table, check for squareness and screw them to my table.
I place the 12mm plywood face frame against these blocks of wood. I pour some fevicol wood glue and apply a gentle amount on the plywood. Then I place a 6mm plywood against the block of wood to make sure everything square. Because the weight of the garden will be taken by the 12mm face frame I just used 6mm plywood to make the sides of the box.
I attached the plywood to the face frame with small Philip head screws. I repeat the same steps to attach the other two face frame to the 6mm plywood. This makes one side of the ups enclosure. Again I attach it with some screws.
With all three sides made. I position one next to other. Please notice that I screwed the face frame from inside the box to keep things tidy. Then I used my 3D printer corner clamp to help it in place while I screw both the sides together. The corner clamp does a good job of holding the sides in place.
I used one inch screws to attach the sides. I do not have pocket jig so I had to screw them to the end grain of the plywood. This joint was pretty strong. Once I have attached the side half way I flip it and screw in to attach the rest of the sides of the ups enclosure.
I repeat the process to attach the third side. Because my work table was too small I used the floor to attach everything together. I first attach the side with screw in the middle. This helped to keep the edge flush while I attached the rest of the box. Flipping the ups enclosure down helped me to drive the screws easier.
To attach the top I used a 18mm plywood. This will help carry all the weight of the flower pots. I left a bit of over hang on the sides because I needed a wider base for the garden. After positioning the top on the ups enclosure I use a straight edge and drew lines marking the centre of the plywood below. This will help me in guiding the drill holes when I attach the top with screws.
I first use a 3mm drill bit to drive some pilot holes. This will ensure that the plywood does not split when I attach it with some screws. I used inch and half Philips CSK head screws to attach the top to the box.
Then I painted wood primer only to the outside of the box. Because this box will be exposed to the natural elements I apply a good amount of silicon to keep water from coming in. I seal both the inside and the outside. I applied two coats of Asian Paints Satin paints so it weather proof. Time to push the ups enclosure on top of the UPS.
Watch how UPS Enclosure is made: