New Woodworker Workshop Setup #6: New shop-built air cleaner and a great deal on used tools

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Blog entry by PocketHole69 posted 08-14-2010 02:50 AM 16265 reads 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

Air Cleaner

Air Cleaner Filters

Air Cleaner Discharge

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.

Planer and Jointer

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.

Dual Tool Station

(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

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#1 posted 08-14-2010 03:58 AM

Great job. And a great gloat on the toys. Your craftsmanship looks good from here. How many “pocket holes” did you use? lol You gotta keep up your namesake, you know. lol If you check with some of the cabinet shops in your area, you might be able to score some free melamine for the top of your miter saw table.
Looking forward to the completed saw?planner station.

Put a block of ice on the discharge end. lol Rand

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#2 posted 08-14-2010 04:09 AM

Great job on the used tools and the air filtration set up!! Looking forward to the how-to as I am looking to make one myself. If only i can figure out how to get a blower…maybe a neighbor will get a new unit :)

-- Tampa-FL

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#3 posted 08-14-2010 04:39 AM


Although you can’t see it very well, if you look very closely in the 3rd picture you can see where I used pocket holes to secure the “blower mounting plate” inside the box.


If you don’t know an HVAC guy I’d just call around to a couple shops. In my friends instance, he had about 10 old units sitting around out back waiting for “scrap metal day” where he loads them all up and takes them to the crusher. I’m sure even if you were not buds with the HVAC guy he’d let you go pick around in his crap pile and pull one out for $25 or so (thats what my friend charges if he doesn’t know you- he gets a few random requests from people trying to fix their blower at home)

This guy used what looks like computer case fans too, so the furnace blower is not the only option.

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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#4 posted 08-14-2010 12:28 PM

Nice , this is on my to do list. I have the blower moter like yours that a freind gave me as well just need to build the box for it. Someday! LOL…. Nice socre on the tools.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 08-14-2010 01:14 PM

Great score on the tools norm would be proud as for the end of the box that screen mat is at my house free for the taking


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#6 posted 08-14-2010 01:44 PM

Hey, that was a great deal on those tools and good job on the air filter. Very ingenious.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Michael J

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#7 posted 08-14-2010 10:09 PM

Nice score on the tools! You might want to checkout my project as a possible alternative to your dual tool station. I need to post updated photos of it completed, but I really like it. There is a link on my blog post to the full plans and more pictures of all of it’s features.

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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#8 posted 08-15-2010 10:34 PM


That thing is huge! It’s a great idea and I’d love to have something so big but I just don’t think I have room for that in my half of a two car garage. The thing that appealed to me about the dual tool station pictured above is that the wings fold down and give it a smaller footprint when I’m not using it- pretty much a requirement in my shop.

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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#9 posted 08-15-2010 10:46 PM

Nice job on the air cleaner. You might consider placing a few stips of ribbon on the discharge side to monitor airflow. When the filters become dirty the ribbon will not “fly” as well. Its much easier to look at the ribbons than to climb up on a ladder and visually check the filters

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#10 posted 08-15-2010 10:55 PM

Nice score on the tools !!!!

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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