An easy to build cure box has come up many times, and for those without access to a wood shop and/or the skills to build a box from scratch - you’re in luck! Here is a box you can build, using 2 disassembled nail curing stations, and a box from good ol’ IKEA. Heres how she breaks down…
What you need
- IKEA “VALJE” w/door - Can be found HERE. They are roughly 13" x 13"
- 2 nail curing stations - like THESE.
- 8 UV light sockets - Print using the file I made.
- Circuit board mount + On/Off switch mount - Print using the file I made.
- Template to drill and mount everything - You can find it HERE.
- Heat resistant reflective vinyl (to line the inside of the box)
- 1-¼" hole saw, drill, ability to splice/solider, soldiering iron, hot glue gun
*If using a different nail curing unit, I can’t guarantee the switches/circuit board mounts will match as I have designed them
Build is pretty strait forward.
Before starting, full disassemble the nail curing devices. If you aren’t sure how to solider, you can choose to run 2 power cords, and 2 on/off switches from the box - or if you don’t mind, combine the on/off switch wires by cutting off the one switch, and soldiering the wires to the other switch. Now you have one switch. Same for the power cord, you can cut and splice them to make one, for simplicity. You can throw out the timer switches too. After that, follow these steps:
1 - Use the template to mark the holes, then drill the thin board used as the back wall (do it carefully)
2 - If adding reflective material, do it to all panels now.
3 - Use hot glue gun to mount the light sockets one a a time. Works best if you insert the socket, then glue it in from the backside. This keeps the front clean looking with no glue mess. **NOTE- there is a notch around the outside edge of each socket, make sure this is pointing to the outside edge of the back wall, so the lights are positioned correctly. For example, lights along the top row, the notch should be at 12:00. Lights on the right side the notch should be at 3:00, and lights on the left should be at 9:00.
4 - Use the template to glue the circuit board mount in the correct position. The position is important so the wiring can reach everywhere, mainly the on/off switch.
5 - Assemble the box as per IKEA instructions
6 - Mount the on/off switch using 2 screws
7 - Mount the circuit boards
8 - Wire up the lights
9 - Pop the lights into the sockets
Here are some photos for reference…