Air Compressor Loft

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Project by Joe posted 02-02-2013 09:28 AM 5311 views 13 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a small shop in my garage and am always looking to better organize my space. Here is an air compressor loft I built above one of my workbenches to save a bit of space and so it’s always handy. It’s my first LumberJocks post, and the first thing I built for my shop. I got the idea from Family Handyman magazine, but made some modifications to suit my needs.

The shelves are 3/4” plywood that I had lying around. I cut a 3.5” hole in the back so I could reach in and empty the drain, and added a shelf for my nailers and extra nails. I put a scrap piece of molding around the top shelf so the compressor wouldn’t “walk” off the shelf when it’s on.

The best part of the shelf is that I added a receptable/switch combination ($6) to plug it in. When I want the compressor on, I can flick the switch in the box without having to get on a step stool to reach the switch on top of the compressor. I just wired the box to a plug end that I can stick in an outlet. My support brackets were ripped down to fit the electrical box perfectly. I have a retractable air hose reel that I am going to attach beside it.

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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#1 posted 02-02-2013 11:34 AM

Great use of space…....................

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 02-02-2013 12:41 PM

Welcome to LJs!!!

That’s a gonna work out nice.

Shop organization is where I’m at right now. You can never be to organized, unless of course you are OCD!!! Lol.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 02-02-2013 02:25 PM

Great idea and I see you also repurposed a towel rack for your clamps : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 02-02-2013 02:29 PM

This project is full of win!

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