This project is a purely utilitarian build. I did NOT attempt to make it “purdy”, or use any “fancy” joinery. This project of “Not-So-Fine-Woodworking”, just needed to perform as needed. Hence, I don’t feel it is worthy of a “Project Gallery” post, those will be reserved for my attempts at real woodworking! As a “Dungeon to Lair” post, it is most fitting, as the transformation continues to progress, I can now build projects in “My Woodworking Lair” with relative efficiency and most importantly a lot less frustration!!!
Scope of Project:
I have one of those “portable” A/C units that stand in the room and vent out the window through a flexible tube. There are times when the A/C unit is not needed and a window fan is the machine of choice. The problem is that with both the fan & A/C vent installed, there was no way to prevent the A/C’d air from escaping the room through the fan opening. Utilizing the A/C with the fan installed was a waste of energy (read: money). This LJ inspired build (Lower Juice bills) was also fueled by the fact that I am lazy and do not wish to remove or install the window fan on a daily basis!!!
The plan was to build a box, that would house the A/C vent tube connector, the twin fan window unit & have a way to close off the fan, when not in service. Now then, this ain’t no “Andy (gfadvm) Box”, he’s got some mad skills that I can only hope to obtain someday!!!
Here are a few pictures of what I came up with…..
Slide-In, Removable Cover in place:
Unit Installed (I’m a Fan!):
Unit Installed (I’m Joe Cool!):
As I said earlier, this wasn’t a “Purdy” build. The ply was already painted (used shelving) and I did NOT paint any exposed cut edges. I did edge band the face, but not for looks. The dado for the cover left a very thin section of ply on the outside edge. I didn’t think it would hold up to the abuse, so the oak edging (scraps) is actually providing structural support for that dado, “purdy” is pure serendipity!!!
It was an enjoyable build with little to NO frustration. It was easy to switch from task to task (machine to machine), due to the recently installed DC ducting & blast gates!!! That, in and of itself, provided a huge sense of accomplishment. The fact that I could go into the shop, spend only an hour & BE PRODUCTIVE, was extremely satisfying!!! YEA ME!!! The “Woodworking Lair” is far from complete, but it is also (now) far from a “Dungeon”!!!
Sorry Bandit, you alone have a Dungeon…. ;^)
There is still plenty of room for refinements, upgrades and “shop builds” for “The Lair”....
But projects WILL be coming from “The Lair”, as time, motivation & energy allow!
Well, that’s the plan at least…..
-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow!