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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    North Central Texas - DFW

    Air mover and Exhaust fan

    I have had more time than usual in the shop lately. One of my projects was to make a paper storage shelf for LOML and her scrapbook paper. I will post pictures of that when I get it finished. She wanted the paper storage shelf painted. The last time I painted anything, the exhaust fan that I use in my make shift paint booth went bad. It was a gable fan and I believe that the finish got into the motor and caused it to short out. I was faced with either getting another fan just like the previous one or doing an upgrade. I determined I wanted a belt drive fan so that I could get the motor out of the air stream. Went with a two speed belt drive unit. Built the following box to allow this unit to be used to move air in the shop and as an exhaust fan. The filters allow me to filter the air when I'm using it in the shop.

    This picture shows the fan turned for movement of air in the shop. Also provides storage under the fan and above the fan.
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    By lifting a latch on each side of the unit, I can rotate the fan so that it points out the window.
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    I can then roll it back and point the discharge out the window.
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    Finishing fumes are then out the window.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Very cool and very customized idea. Making your shop fixtures and cabinets work well in your shop is what its all about.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    WNY, Buffalo Area

    I like your idea!

    The big fan and the storage on top is a great idea, but the fact that the fan spins around to point out the window is a real winner !
    We create with our hands in wood what our mind sees in thought.
    Disclosure: Formerly was a part-time sales person & instructor at WoodCraft in Buffalo, NY.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Tokiwadai, Japan
    Definitely something to be proud of, Mike...and know others are copying your idea...

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    San Antonio, Texas
    Quite ingenius. I like it... filed for posterity.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Great idea Mike, and nicely accomplished. I'll also be filing this one in the back of my mind for future reference.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

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