Compressor Barn

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Project by Woodwrecker posted 04-04-2012 11:58 PM 81839 views 10 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With a new grandson coming, and necessitating a quieter shop at nap times, a solution was needed for my old oil-less air compressor.
(It made a racket, but I’m half deaf anyway, so it never bothered me…lol)
Anyway, I had some old pine crate wood up on the rack that was just right for the job.
I dimensioned it out to fit the area where the compressor is stationed; broke out my Kreg pocket hole jig and put together this lined cabinet. It took about a sheet and a half of the rigid foam and I placed a piece under the cabinet on the shop floor to dampen any vibration. I added a blue paint job to match my other machines.
The power and air lines exiting the cabinet provide adequate air flow, and I only have it switched on when I’m using it.
It is set up with quick disconnects so I can roll the compressor out of the cabinet should I need to take it somewhere for a job.
It was a fun build and will let my grandson nap away.
That makes grandma happy, and you know the saying, “when grandma is happy, everybody is happy”.
Thanks for looking and have a great day.

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Jeremy Greiner

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#1 posted 04-05-2012 12:04 AM

Very Nice Eric,
I’ve been wanting to do something similar I hate how load those air compressors can be. If I leave it on too long (it has a tiny leak) .. it’ll kick in to refill and scare me half to death sometimes.

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#2 posted 04-05-2012 12:09 AM

nothin says lovin
like compresors
in a quiet box

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 04-05-2012 12:19 AM

Got to add this build to my list, thanks for sharing. Every time my compressor goes off the dogs run for cover.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 04-05-2012 12:44 AM

Neat idea, Eric.

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#5 posted 04-05-2012 12:58 AM

Very nice.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 04-05-2012 01:09 AM

What a cool idea! I love it!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 04-05-2012 01:17 AM


Neat build but, you take the chance of overheating the compressor motor and / or starving the compressor for air, which would overheat the compressor.

Just my opinion.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#8 posted 04-05-2012 01:24 AM

Great idea, but I will 2nd Rick’s statement about shortening the life of your compressor by doing this. When these are made they are designed to operate with full air circulation. By closing them in you are going to cook the motor.

If you start hearing the motor starting and then stopping quickly over and over again it will mean that it’s overheating – just a word to the wise.



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#9 posted 04-05-2012 01:41 AM

Cool Box, Eric!

Have to go along with the previous two post about over heating and the possibility of intake air starvation.

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

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#10 posted 04-05-2012 02:11 AM

Well Rick, Bob & Lew, thanks for the advice, but that old darling is 13 years old and has run like a tank.
Like I said in the narrative, it only cycles when I’m using it out there.
(And if I don’t quiet it down, I’ll go out there and find it in pieces anyway)
Maybe this will lead to a nice, new, quiet one.


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#11 posted 04-05-2012 03:11 AM

Great idea! I bet my neighbor would like me to make something like that for my entire garage.
Good luck on getting that nice, new, quiet one!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#12 posted 04-05-2012 10:40 AM

Wow, Eric… this is great! Any time you can cut down noise in the shop that can negatively affect your hearing, well, that is a good thing (as Martha would say!).

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#13 posted 04-05-2012 01:20 PM

You should have painted it red if you were going to call it a “compressor barn”!

Thanks for posting!
Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#14 posted 04-05-2012 02:04 PM

Putting my compressor in my multi-purpose bench does about the same thing. I didn’t use any sound absorption material, and it still keeps it remarkably quiet compared to before. Compressors are handy gizmos, but noise is their biggest issue. That looks like a great solution.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#15 posted 04-05-2012 07:32 PM



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