I had some left over plywood from building a play kitchen for my kiddos and I was tired of looking at it in my shop. So, I killed two birds with one stone by building a new enclosure for my pancake style air compressor. I’ve wanted to get the compressor to the middle of my shop for a while to make it easier to use. Right now it lives under my planer and I don’t have my shop plumbed with air hose, so I wheel it out. That’s proven to be a pain, so I don’t use it that much. Now it’s going to live underneath my outfeed table. I just built the box last night, so I haven’t put it in its new home. I’ll have more pictures of it soon.
Here you can see the overall plywood box that’s a little bigger than my compressor.
I made an air slot in the back and a slot in the front panel to allow for air flow.
Here’s the inside of the box that I lined with sound absorbing insulation to cut down on the noise.
I didn’t have any hinges, plus I doubt I’ll be accessing the inside very often so I just put some cleats on the inside of the box and epoxied some rare earth magnets to the cleats and the “door”.
I slapped a coat of BLO on the cherry trim last night. As soon as that’s dry I’ll put it under my outfeed table and hook up an air hose reel. Moving the compressor to the middle of my shop and hooking up the reel will make using it much easier.
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