Evolution of a Shop #15: Air compressor gets a new home

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Blog entry by Cory posted 01-26-2011 05:55 PM 10899 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 14: 2 years on Lumberjocks Part 15 of Evolution of a Shop series Part 16: Compressor cabinet complete, and a homemade mallet »

I had some left over plywood from building a play kitchen for my kiddos and I was tired of looking at it in my shop. So, I killed two birds with one stone by building a new enclosure for my pancake style air compressor. I’ve wanted to get the compressor to the middle of my shop for a while to make it easier to use. Right now it lives under my planer and I don’t have my shop plumbed with air hose, so I wheel it out. That’s proven to be a pain, so I don’t use it that much. Now it’s going to live underneath my outfeed table. I just built the box last night, so I haven’t put it in its new home. I’ll have more pictures of it soon.

Here you can see the overall plywood box that’s a little bigger than my compressor.

I made an air slot in the back and a slot in the front panel to allow for air flow.

Here’s the inside of the box that I lined with sound absorbing insulation to cut down on the noise.

I didn’t have any hinges, plus I doubt I’ll be accessing the inside very often so I just put some cleats on the inside of the box and epoxied some rare earth magnets to the cleats and the “door”.

I slapped a coat of BLO on the cherry trim last night. As soon as that’s dry I’ll put it under my outfeed table and hook up an air hose reel. Moving the compressor to the middle of my shop and hooking up the reel will make using it much easier.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 05:59 PM

If you don’t already have one, I’d recommend you add a remote extension on your compressor’s drain valve. That way you could drain the moisture out of your compressor (a good thing to do weekly, if not daily) from the outside of the box, without having to open the box and pull the compressor out.

Great looking cabinet. With the soundproofing, you will be pleased with the noise reduction as well. Well done!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 01-26-2011 06:05 PM

Thanks for the tip, Dave. I must admit that I rarely drain my compressor. I’ve had it for a year and I’ve only drained it maybe twice or three times.

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#3 posted 01-26-2011 06:38 PM

Hiyya Cory,

Well dude, another stellar job on the shop fixtures….I think you and I must think alike…..Shop furniture and cabinets, etc. are my favorite thgings to build…. My air compressor is tooo big to put in a box, so I hid it in the room with my d.c. and h&a unit….Is that a Porter Cable a.c you have? I’ve thought about getting a smaller one, but haven’t made the move yet…..Keep up the good work, and keep posting those shop items…

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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