Kscatman76

Fluid Bed??

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After 20 years of making my own baits I think it's time for a fluid bed.  Is it hard to make one?  I'm trying to decide between making one and just buying on Ebay.  What are your guys thoughts?

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They are pretty easy to make but finding the proper filter material  that works is the hard part.

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If you want plans, PM me your e-mail and I will get it out to you. They are very easy to make.

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I made two the other day for probably ~$12.

I already had the pump.

A 3" ABS or PVC  flat endcap, aquarium valve, aquarium tubing, knockout test cap, 3.5" piece of 3" ABS or PVC,  and a Tyvek envelope from post office thats all you need.

Easy build in 15 minutes or less.

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2 hours ago, Kasilofchrisn said:

I made two the other day for probably ~$12.

I already had the pump.

A 3" ABS or PVC  flat endcap, aquarium valve, aquarium tubing, knockout test cap, 3.5" piece of 3" ABS or PVC,  and a Tyvek envelope from post office thats all you need.

Easy build in 15 minutes or less.

Chris, could you post a pic of your build?

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59 minutes ago, Apdriver said:

Chris, could you post a pic of your build?

I would but I am out of town for work for a couple of weeks.

When I get home I'll post it.

What I did was drill a small hole in the side of the 3" flat cap as close as possible to the bottom.

Insert the Aquarium valve and hot glued it in place.

Then I took a 3.5" long section of  3" ABS and inserted a knock out test cap.

I knocked out and discarded the center of the test cap.

I then removed the ring left from the  test cap.

I placed a piece of Tyvek over the piece of ABS and replaced the test cap ring creating a nice tight fitting membrane.

If needed trim excess Tyvek.

The outside of the tyvek envelope should face up into the cup.

Place the cup in the endcap open end up.

Fill  ~1/2  or so way with paint.

Hook up your pump via the tubing and adjust the air to your liking.

Done.

I used a Tetra whisper 30/60 aquarium pump from Walmart.

This powers 2 fluid beds one from each hose.

I use another knock out test cap unmodified as a cover for my paint cup.

I leave the paint in using one cup for each color.

The only glue used was from a hot glue gun to secure the aquarium valve.

Everything else is press fit.

For a 2" fluid bed press in a 3"x2" adapter and make a 2" fluid bed cup.

You can make cups as tall as you like.

Some of my 2" cups are 12" tall and work just fine.

I hope this explains it well enough.

 

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Added brand of pump.
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