Heart Dovetail Fan

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Project by Dan Lyke posted 03-10-2012 08:10 PM 4902 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With the workshop mostly built, I’m finally getting to catch up on some of the half-finished projects that have been knocking around during that time.

We live in a fairly temperate climate. We run the heater a little during the winter, and though we have a window air conditioner stored in the attic, we rarely break out out. However, sometimes in the summer time it’s just warm enough that it’s nice to have a little fan going while we sleep.

I was finding that the noise from various fans had just enough something in the sound that it was waking me up. Charlene brought home a couple of allegedly “super quiet” fans, but many of those were more annoying to me than the cheap ones. Then I realized: I could just toss some computer muffin fans at the problem!

So I did. Which was fine. Although they were kind of set out at odd angles, and we kept tripping over the cord, and plugging and unplugging was a lousy way to switch the fan.

Whence this: Hand-cut (with the help of a drill press) heart dovetails, the back milled out on my milling machine. The pieces on that cross-bar slide back and forth as switches, you can turn on the middle one and the top and bottom independently. The whole fan assembly tilts.

Made of Maple and Koa.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#1 posted 03-10-2012 08:28 PM

Very unique, really cool. Literally.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 03-10-2012 08:47 PM

Neat solution to the problem.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 03-10-2012 08:49 PM

That is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship Dan. I needed a fan in our bedroom also, but I just hung mine from the ceiling and put a light kit on the bottom of it. Works great and is really quiet. Of course you know that I’m just being a Smart A.. and kidding you.

Beautiful work there, and quite clever.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 03-10-2012 09:26 PM


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#5 posted 03-10-2012 09:49 PM

Wonderful way to resolve an issue, great design

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 03-10-2012 11:32 PM

Another fine example of Lumberjock Ingenuity. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#7 posted 03-11-2012 12:43 AM

very cool…interesting!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 03-11-2012 02:24 PM

Well thought out, especially the wiring.

Well built.

Good job.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#9 posted 03-12-2012 03:02 PM

A great design, plus creation.
If you want a great price on fans like this, Check here!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Dan Lyke

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#10 posted 03-14-2012 03:08 AM

Thanks, ya’ll.

Dick & Barb, I love Digi-Key, but luckily we’ve got the northern branch of Halted Specialty Computing up the road with bins and bins of surplus computer fans and power supplies for projects like this.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#11 posted 07-08-2012 05:23 PM

For future browsers of the archives, see also Jim Jakosh's 12v fan stand.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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