my version of an air filter

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Project by BurlyBob posted 09-19-2015 10:15 PM 4337 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I pickup some pallet wood and am pretty sure the saw dust gave me a sinus infection. Whenever I did anything with it I got the distinct odor of a septic tank. That was the deciding factor for me to build this air filter. I got the fan from Best Buy and built everything out of scrape cluttering up my shop. Okay gang, I know it’s not perfect or super efficient, but it’s damn sure better than what I had…nothing. One of these day’s I’m gonna go crazy and put some sort of finish on it.

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#1 posted 09-19-2015 10:18 PM

Great idea, Bob! I did something similar with a small furnace blower that fit between the ceiling joist.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-19-2015 10:25 PM

Every little bit helps. Enjoy

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 09-19-2015 11:41 PM

Any help you can get to get rid of some dust is a plus! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 09-19-2015 11:55 PM

That looks like it should move a LOT of air. Keep us posted as to how you like it as this looks like a very ‘doable’ design that should be better than the box fan design.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 09-20-2015 12:09 AM

That should help probably as good as one you could buy .


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#6 posted 09-20-2015 02:22 AM

I’ve had the same issue with pallet wood. NeilMed Sinus Rinse helps, fwiw.

The dust in the filter shows your success.

-- Barry,

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#7 posted 09-20-2015 10:02 AM

your version appears to be as good as if not better than some. Do I see 3 of what looks like 5 micron filters ?
maybe your sneezing will subside somewhat now.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 09-20-2015 03:31 PM

Looks good to me. No amount of finish or fancy joinery will make it clean the air any better. Can you notice a difference in the air quality yet?

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#9 posted 09-20-2015 09:38 PM

Ya know a lot of the pallets are fumigated for insects. Wonder if that could be part of the irritation.

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#10 posted 09-24-2015 03:01 AM

Any help to catch that nasty dust is a big help. This looks like it’ll work well

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 10-10-2015 06:51 PM

I missed when you posted this, but I am glad you did because I will borrow from the idea if I ever get a bigger shop. I really like that setup.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#12 posted 02-13-2016 08:01 PM

Looks like a great way to deal with dust. I don’t have a dust collection system and I have to get creative too. In the warmer months I put a fan in the window to exhaust the dust and a fan on the opposite side to keep the dust blowing towards the fan. Nice job!

-- The craftsman is his own harshest critic... Jeff (me)

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#13 posted 07-06-2017 01:59 PM

I like it I think I will make that one of my next shop projects

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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