Shop-built Air Cleaner
I tend to do my woodworking once the sun goes down and it cools off, so to keep from waking the neighbors up I usually do it with the garage door closed. This was pretty brutal on my lungs even with a dust collector so I built myself a shop air cleaner.
It’s built around a 1 micron bag filter and 2” pre filter from an actual commercial shop air cleaner (about $45), one sheet of 3/4 ply. The blower motor is a 12” squirrel cage blower that moves ridiculous CFM. I got it free from an HVAC friend out of an old AC unit.
I’m eventually going to take some decent pictures and make a proper project post, but this past weekend noknot came over and helped me hang it up so I could start using it. It’s hung with steel angle iron lag bolted in to studs, so it’s not going anywhere even though its heavy as a mo-fo. It was not fun to hang, even with 2 people.
There is some questionable joinery and dados (I’m a noob, what can I say) and I haven’t quite figured what I’m going to do to pretty up the discharge end, but it works great and the box ended up air tight.
Awesome Deal on Used Tools
Tonight I picked up a used Rigid 13” Planer and 6” Jointer for $100 each. They’re not the prettiest things in the world (and need some love with the steel wool after being in storage for a while) but I think I got a great deal on what would have cost me $800 new from Home Depot.
Man, jointers are heavy. What do you guys think? With a little love I think they’ll be as good as new.
The Planer came with all the tools and a brand new set of blades that haven’t been installed yet.
I think I’m going to build the combination chop saw / planer stand in Shopnotes #75 as I don’t really have a good place to keep or use my chop saw yet- I’ve got just enough plywood in the garage to get the job done.
(I’m pretty sure I’d break some law to post the plans, but here is a picture I found)
So yeah, I’ve pretty much got my weekend planned out.
-- Jason, Atlanta, GA