Workshop 2016 #6: Breathing easier

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Blog entry by Ty Sullivan posted 08-23-2016 03:58 AM 1129 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Pretty quickly a hobby woodworker realizes how uncomfortable it is to come back into your home with a nose full of sawdust never mind how that same dust permeates every inch of your workspace. It coats every inch with a fine mist and means more cleanup later which just add to the annoyance. I don’t currently have a dust collection system and I don’t even mind the heavy sawdust that falls immediately to the floor but I couldn’t stand the small stuff filling my sinuses as it has for years now. Thankfully I had acquired two good blower fans that I retrofitted into a custom cabinet to make a shop air filter.

After wiring, testing the airflow and making sure the innards of the cabinet were tight I cut a simple French cleat to hang the unit to the overhead beam you’ll see in the image. Without that cleat it would’ve become a feat to screw that heavy cabinet in place, overhead. I had a remote outlet control, unused, in the house so it became my on and off as I took advantage of the open outlet for the garage door motor.

So far I’ve noticed a dramatic difference in the air quality and more importantly how my nose feels when I’ve spent long sessions out there. I can simply look at the filters and know it’s making an improvement to me enjoying my time building.

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#1 posted 08-25-2016 12:00 AM

Looks like a nice set-up—I really need to build one of these.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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Ty Sullivan

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#2 posted 08-26-2016 03:57 AM

Not sure how much the blower fans cost but I’m very aware what other companies want for their air filters that are similar!

Looks like a nice set-up—I really need to build one of these.

- Mean_Dean

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#3 posted 08-26-2016 03:50 PM

very nice …what is the size of the box ?

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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