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Blog entry by fatman51 posted 09-13-2015 07:42 AM 1275 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of years ago I was at a popular woodworking store with my brother who was looking for an air filtration unit for his woodshop. They had one on sale for $150.00 so he bought it. We took it back to his shop and mounted it near the ceiling. It was pretty cool. We made some dust and it seemed to do a good job of filtering the air in his 16×32 building. I decided that I wanted one too, only I do things just a little bit different than my brother.

On the way back to my shop, I stopped off at the local hardware store and spent a couple of bucks on a couple of furnace filters. I had a plan. Back at my shop, I hurried into the yard and rummaged through the garbage pile, the scrap iron pile, and a storage shed, finding an old squirrel cage, probably out of a trashed air conditioning unit, a 1/4 horse power dunlap electric motor, a reject cabinet drawer that was on its way to the dump, a couple of fixed louver vents, a piece of extension cord, a couple of scraps of plywood and a length of link drive belt. I hurried inside and went to work. Soon, having shelled out only 2 bucks, I had a new workshop air filtration unit too.

Something else my Shopsmith can do!

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin



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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 09-13-2015 03:47 PM

Love your ingenuity! I built mine using a fan from Best Buy, scrap plywood laying around and furnace filters. I’m pretty certain I’m into it for less than $100. Not quite as good a deal as your but way less than anything I’ve seen in the retail world.

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fatman51

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#2 posted 09-13-2015 11:33 PM

Very nice. your own ingenuity seems to serve you well. Yours is probably a little bigger than mine too, but the the fan spins pretty quickly and it handles my small shop fairly well.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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Mark Wilson

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#3 posted 09-23-2015 06:25 AM

And you’re a Shopsmith man, to boot! Is that 10ER?

-- Mark

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fatman51

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#4 posted 09-23-2015 07:38 AM

Yes. My father has one of the first sold in the area and I always admired that machine. I bought my 10er from a very talented guy who inherited his from his father. It came with a scroll saw attachment but I had to drive clear up to the top of Storm Mountain where he built his cabin. Apparently, his solar power system will not run machinery and he does all of his woodworking by hand.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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ronniebo

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#5 posted 10-11-2015 11:55 PM

Mark and Fatman 51,
It is just as well you two are in California and Colorado because that makes it too hard for me to come around and pester you with Shopsmith chatter.
I am restoring my second 10ER at the moment and in conversation at the paint shop over the weekend somehow converted the bloke in there to want one. He was unaware of them til then. I think he now would like one, so I may end up doing another restore??
I did the original in corect colours but am tinkering with different versions with the second one.
This second one is a little like yours Mark in that I only paid $200 for it but then had to freight it from Northern NSW for another $400.????
Never mind , my plan for the second one is to make a thickness sander like that of that of “Shipwright” s and leave the first one in drill press mode which was my original reason for purchasing it.
I also learned my first bits about woodworking on Dad`s machine which he bought back in 1952 in Melbourne Aus.
When #2 is up and running I will put some fotos of the pair up on Lumberjocks for you.
Cheers from the DEEP SOUTH. in Tasmania
Ron Booth

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