New Light and Fan Box

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Blog entry by MauBow posted 05-05-2009 07:59 PM 1181 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had always been disappointed with my light setup at the lathe. Until recently I had a 4ft. fluorescent light with 2 T8 daylight bulbs directly above the lathe and 3 100watt equivalent low voltage bulbs mounted in clip on fixtures from HD. It was adequate but I was constantly moving the clip ons or they would just slip and need to be readjusted. Then I stumbled upon this picture I had saved on my work computer.

Laymar Crafts Light/Fan Box

I couldn’t remember where I had copied it from but then, while researching ways to improve the lighting over the , I saw this tip on Laymar Crafts. This site is packed full of great ideas, tips and articles. I had not thought of looking on that sight because frankly I had forgotten about it. (google is my friend) This new setup up gives me tons of light and also enabled me to improve my lighting elsewhere in the shop via the now unused 4ft. fixture.

fan box

MauBow Fan/Light Box Back View

This new “fanlight” includes two small blowers mounted between the 4 bulbs. I picked them up at a garage sale for $2 a piece. One fan has a heating coil that will provide much needed heat during the cold months. The other is just a fan that provides air flow during the warmer times in the shop. (OK it gets downright hot in there during the summer) The air flow also acts as a downdraft that helps my shop made air cleaner suck up more dust. Both blowers are plugged into a 6 outlet power strip which I can also plug my sanding and detailing tools into. I also added some washable filters at the return air areas in order to hopefully add to my dust cleaning. Once again, although it’s not pretty, the craftsmanship isn’t the best and it’s made out of scrap this new tool works great and serves a great purpose.

If interested, you can view some more pics of my light/fan box here.

-- If it wasn't for misplacing things, my shop would never get cleaned up.

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#1 posted 05-05-2009 08:04 PM

Couldn’t get your links to work (last one OK)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 05-05-2009 08:33 PM

lew, I think I have them fixed…?? If not you can view the post here as well.

-- If it wasn't for misplacing things, my shop would never get cleaned up.

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#3 posted 05-16-2009 08:16 PM

it looks like one heavy duty fan.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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