Compressor Cabinet with air outlets

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Project by The2CarGarageShop posted 08-06-2015 12:58 PM 6887 views 20 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my compressor cabinet. It is 24”x24” by 36” tall. The 2 drawers are on full extension slides and hold my nail guns and other supplies. On the right side is the pressure regulator and 2 air outlets. These are recessed so they do not bump into anything as i move it around. The little cubby at the bottome keeps the airlines from dragging around and I can put my gun in there when i need to set it down. The back has 2 live outlets and the switch to the 2 outlets inside the cabinet where I have the compressor and a computer fan plugged in. The fan runs all of the time to vent the heat. I do have a “chase” the air goes through to help dampen the noise. The compressor is 100 dBs but inside the cabinet it is about 78-80 dBs. The inside of the cabinet is lined with 3/4 insulation to help dampen the sound.The compressor is on a tray with full exetnsion slides for easy access/removal as needed and has a quick connect tot he air lines. I used two rare earth magnets opposite eachother to keep the door closed. Since the compressor cycles on and off and the fan runs all of the time, heat has not been an issue. I like having the 2×2 foot work surface on top. My bench is also at 36” making it easier to have a piece span between the two if needed.

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#1 posted 08-06-2015 01:46 PM

Looks like a very well thought out space saver. Not only is the compressor out of sight but it also gives you another work surface, nice.

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#2 posted 08-06-2015 05:21 PM

Looks good. The first thing I thought when I saw the picture was overheating. Sounds like you took that into consideration and eliminated the problem.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 08-06-2015 07:07 PM

Nice set up…. just about ideal for the home-hobby shop IMO.

I built a noise dampening compressor box for a 20 gal oilless air compressor and later upgraded it with a pair of PC fans as well. The only thing I’d point out is that if you’re running it over an extended period, it may still heat up on you. Those little guys tend to run non-stop with any significant demand (spraying).

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#4 posted 08-06-2015 09:40 PM

I was thinking the same thing about the heat concern. Awesome job!

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#5 posted 08-07-2015 05:10 AM

Very good setup! It’s sparked an idea and would solve several issues for me – thanks for sharing. What air connections and pressure regulator did you use and source? Where is the fan mounted?

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#6 posted 08-07-2015 01:02 PM

Thanks all for looking and to those who posted comments. This is my first project to be posted and it made it into the top 3 for the day. I’m pleasantly surprised. The fan I have in this cabinet is an old Radio Shack fan I had lying around. It’s rated 65 CFM. I may replace it at a later date with this fan I got from Amazon rated 110 CFM
I used this second fan in another project I’ll post later. The fan is in the top left back corner of the space in which the compressor is located. The top of that space is dadoed into the sides and back for a tight seal. You can see where the fan is on the one picture from the back side.
I do not have the knowledge or skills to put together my own air lines and trust that things won’t blow appart so I used this kit I got off Amazon this is the regualtor I got but it is not the one you want. I have a 1/2” line set and this says 1/2” but they have a confusing way of measuring things. I think you need the 3/8 size to go wioth the 1/2 line. They now have all of the sizes listed under one heading. I’m not positive if they just sent me the wrong size but by time I put this together, it was to late to return it. I had to find/buy 2 reducer couplings. The smaller size it all you need and it’s less expensive and you don;t need to find/but the couplings. You will also have to but the 3 quick connect connectors – one for each of the outlets and one for inside the cabinet where you connect the compressor. Having the compressor on a slide out tray with full extencion slides is a really good idea. I hot 10 sets of 20” full extension 100lb capaicty slides with tax and delvery for about $65 from Outwater Plastics Hope this helps

Oh, one design flaw is havng the door mounted to the inside of the left side of the cabinet instead of on the front side of that side pice. I get some interference with the sliding tray the compressor sits on. Instead of having the 3/4 edge banding on the fromt edge of that left side, I would just make the door 3/4” wider – that would work out much better. I had ti trom a but off the bottom of the piano hinge as the tray kept catching on it.

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