Wood Electric Fan

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Project by Steve posted 09-07-2012 01:13 PM 3489 views 13 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this wood fan from a single 2×4 for my local woodworking association’s 2×4 contest. I used the motor, switch, and power cord from a cheap plastic fan, but the rest is made of wood. I re-sawed the 2×4 into thinner boards, and then ran them through my thickness planer to final thickness. The sides are 1/2” thick and other frame parts are 1/4” thick. The fan blades are 1/8” thick. It works well and I can make different designs for the front grill for a different look or to improve the airflow. Click here to see my YouTube video of the build.

Update: My fan won 2nd place in the contest – Woohoo! The really cool clock won 1st place and the Tea Storage Case won 3rd place. I added pics of the other 2×4 projects so you can see them.

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA -

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#1 posted 09-07-2012 01:20 PM

That’s very cool. Was it hard to balance the fan blades?


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#2 posted 09-07-2012 02:10 PM

Same question here :) way cool ;)

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#3 posted 09-07-2012 02:55 PM

Nice one.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#4 posted 09-07-2012 02:56 PM

Unique project, really cool

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 09-07-2012 04:59 PM

Thanks! I just made sure the fan blades were all the same exact thickness and shape assuming they would balance. They are really light so that wasn’t an issue. The hard part was drilling a perfectly straight hole in the exact center of the wood shaft that the blades are glued to, so that it would not wobble.

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA -

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#6 posted 09-07-2012 05:12 PM

I think this is a great idea!

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#7 posted 09-07-2012 07:47 PM

Real nice idea!

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#8 posted 09-07-2012 08:30 PM

Innovative and inspirational.

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#9 posted 09-07-2012 08:34 PM

You’re quite a thinker! How did you come up with the idea? BTW, did you win the contest?

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#10 posted 09-07-2012 09:00 PM

That sure is the coolest fan I’ve ever seen!

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#11 posted 09-07-2012 09:51 PM

Very cool. I may have to build one for my woodworking shop. I like how you designed it to change out the front to different designs…....

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#12 posted 09-07-2012 11:32 PM

This is a great idea, and a well made project! I’m very impressed!

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#13 posted 09-08-2012 02:05 AM

I think this is wonderful too. But I am amused at the design you picked – it looks like hot flames to me! I think I would have picked leaves or falling water (not sure how you could do the latter though).

I might try one of these also – for me more likely to just replace the exterior because I am not sure I have the skill to balance the blades adequately. But so much more appealing than a big ol’ metal fan.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#14 posted 09-08-2012 02:22 AM

Maybe you should have made a design featuring an iceberg covered in ice cubes floating in a pool of ice water with ice cream on top. Then it would make you feel cooler simply by looking at it!

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#15 posted 09-08-2012 11:45 AM

Excellent project and video!

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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