Woodshop On A Budget #1: woodshop on a budget (the original #3) HVAC Blower & Ipe' Wood Pallets

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Blog entry by Chefshep posted 02-28-2011 01:53 AM 4155 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Okay, Time for another entry in my blog. this is actually # 3 in the series… I just discovered that they have a series tag for this…
I’ve been meaning to do this post for several days now. But it turns out that it was a good thing I waited. I have an addition that I will put in with today’s entry.
In my last entry, I mentioned the HVAC Blower that I picked up. I contacted a few A/C guys in my area & asked if any of them had any used squirrel cage blowers they had pulled from old units that had been replaced. I got a return call from one that I left a message for. He sold me a 2500+ CMF blower for $30.00

I plan to build the Shop Built Air Cleaner/Filter that I saw on a blog from “PocketHole69” out of it. I estimate my shop to be approx 2800 cu ft. So this thing should have my shop air clean in 5 minutes, (in theory). I’ll keep everyone in on the Progress on that.

I also picked up on a lode of Ipe’ Wood. Some of you may have saw the topic I started last week regarding a species of Hardwood from Brazil. “RichGreer” & “RickyD” were able to help identify the species. I had picked up what my source had at the time, and they told me to check in with them during the week.

I was able to pick up another load & wanted to share in the spoils. So I got on the Lumberjocks site & sent a PM to another LJ in the neighborhood, My granddaughter got hold of the camera to document the events

Here’s Grandpa on the computer..

My new LJ Buddy wasn’t able to make it for this lode. But we’ll try to get him in on the next…

I took my Porter Cable Cordless Circ saw with me this time, hoping to make it a better & smoother experience. With all of the nails in these pallets it is a task getting it loaded in my SUV, Let alone getting it prepped to work with..

I will need to figure out the best way to get this stuff ready to work with. Most of it is bowed or warped pretty bad. But it’s free!!!...

I think I’ll build a workbench out of it… I think I have enough. But I sure will be busy for a while trying to get it all cleaned up. I ended up with quite a lode:)

No Craigslist in this entry… I’ll get back to some tool deals in the next entry. A workshop on a budget is possible guys. Even wood can be obtained for free or at a good discount… Look for companies that import granite slabs from South America/Brazil & ask them how there shipments come in. If you have a planer & a jointer you can turn wood that doesn’t look very desirable into great stuff…

Until next time…

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill

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#1 posted 02-28-2011 03:45 AM

Use a metal detector and have fun.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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Mike Gager

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 04:21 AM

good score on the wood but im not so sure its Ipe

check this site for pictures to compare

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#3 posted 02-28-2011 05:55 AM

Looking forward to this! I’m really interested in the blower motor.

-- An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

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#4 posted 02-28-2011 08:54 AM


I’ve been looking for an affordable & effective metal detector… What do you think of the Garrett Superscanner Security Wand Metal Detector and the Garrett Metal Detector Pinpointer?

Mike, Thanks for the link to the pics… I know the color looks a bit light on some of the pieces. But the grain is on point & some of the pieces have a red color. Seems that the colors & grain are right. Just light on the tint. See the fourm I put up last week asking about the species of wood. It has close up pics…

See this… Shop-Built Air Cleaner

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill

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