A few months ago, I began work on a dedicated bowl turning studio in my backyard. I've been thinking about this project for a year, but broke ground on it just recently. The building is 11' X 14' and is attached to my existing (tiny) 12' X 18' workshop. Planning for this build has been great fun. (Planning for the costs has been quite depressing.) One of my requirements for this building is a bowl blank kiln--well, more of a drying closet--but to impress people I'm calling it a kiln. I'll post a photo now and then to show the process and the decisions I've made. When doing my research, I learned quickly that these things are sort of a lightning rod for turners. Depending on the turner, they are loved, mocked, valuable, dangerous, vital, worthless and certainly not as good as a paper bag. But, I decided to build one anyway. The little closet is about 24" X 38" X 7' (inside dimensions). I'll get to the more glamorous insulation and heating technology later, but I'll start with the drip pan. Guys like Glenn Lucas have a steady stream of water running out of their kilns. I'll never dry that many blanks, but I decided to plan for a wet environment anyway. This weekend, I made sort of a removable 'drip pan' that will sit in the bottom. It is sloped toward one corner and a tube will be there to route water out the wall. Unless I put a bottle outside to collect drips, it might be a good spot for visiting raccoons to get a sip of woody water. The pan has been sealed with a coat of marine epoxy.