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Dungeon to Lair: That's the plan at least... #28: Another LJ inspired Project....

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Blog entry by DIYaholic posted 05-19-2013 03:11 PM 1010 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Disclaimer:
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!!!

The Project:
Here are a few pictures of what I came up with…..

Partial assembly:

Fan installed:

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! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?



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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 05-19-2013 03:48 PM

Now, that’s a down right slick solution.
Neat work, too.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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JL7

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#2 posted 05-19-2013 04:00 PM

Pretty clever indeed…...and functional to boot! Looks like you were wearing your thinking cap….. :)

I’m thinking a coat of white paint and you’d have a home run…....

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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patron

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#3 posted 05-19-2013 04:01 PM

a good build
that will save time and keep you focused on actually
‘working the shop’

glad you are learning to change your socks (or shorts)

son

the thrill is back
(and the smell is gone) lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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DIYaholic

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#4 posted 05-19-2013 04:08 PM

Thanks, Gene!
Since summer heat is right around the corner, this was a “Git-R-Done” project. I’m looking forward to doing some “real” woodworking!!!

Jeff,
As it is baseball season, I may need to paint it. I wonder if I would be allowed to transfer that “homerun” to my NY Mets???

IF this proves me “smart”, will I be safe from the zombies???

David (Dad),
I really am anxious to start improving and honing my WW skills, working IN “My Lair” and not so much ON “My Lair”!!!. I’m hard pressed to “up my game”, as I have several veeery important projects in the que!!!

-- 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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JL7

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#5 posted 05-19-2013 04:12 PM

I’m pretty sure the word “smart” is in there somewhere….....

Hey….there’s David…...good to see ya….

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#6 posted 05-19-2013 04:53 PM

Great idea and execution

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Edwardnorton

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#7 posted 05-19-2013 04:59 PM

Very well done & a great idea!

—The fastest way to engage a mans mind is to remove money from his pocket!—“ME 1970”

-- EdwardNorton

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DIYaholic

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#8 posted 05-19-2013 05:04 PM

Rex,
Thanks for the kudos!

It seems many agree that it was a “smart” idea.
This just “shows ta go ya” that I’m more than just a purdy face with a “smartA$$!!!

-- 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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DIYaholic

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#9 posted 05-19-2013 05:11 PM

Edward,
I appreciate the kind words. Thank you!

-- 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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StumpyNubs

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#10 posted 05-19-2013 05:43 PM

Where’s the tape?

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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DIYaholic

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#11 posted 05-19-2013 06:47 PM

No tape was injured in the making of this project!!!

I decided to bond the oak to the ply with actual wood glue, TBII to be precise. I also employed pin nails, brads, finish nails and wood screws to fasten the ply!!! This was almost a real woodworking project, just with no regard for aesthetics, fine joinery, fit or finish!!! Close enough was good enough….

-- 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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boxcarmarty

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#12 posted 05-19-2013 08:15 PM

Nice lookin’ cheese slicer. The least you could have done was paint it since you only spent an hour building it…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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Mainiac Matt

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#13 posted 05-19-2013 09:52 PM

Functional solution, nice job

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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DIYaholic

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#14 posted 05-20-2013 12:11 AM

Marty,
I thought of painting it….
For a split second!!! Because I haven’t built my spray booth yet!

Matt,
Ohh shucks, your just sayin’ that because I edged banded it in oak. As you know, Oak’s no joke!!!

-- 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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gfadvm

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#15 posted 05-20-2013 01:35 AM

Randy, That looks very functional and a lot prettier than a lot of my shop ‘furniture’.

Do those double window fans move a lot of air? Would they move fine dust out of the shop?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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