|Project by dakotawood||posted 09-15-2014 03:11 PM||4053 views||18 times favorited||8 comments|
I just recently purchased the Earlex HV5500 HVLP system (Love It!). I now needed an easy solution to spray in my shop (garage). After researching online I came across Michael Dresdner’s cardboard spray booth on FWW. Also looked at Jeff Jewitt’s booth made from foam insulation panels. I liked the cardboard idea better because it was cheap and would fold more compactly.
Pretty straightforward. Went to my local appliance store and asked for the largest fridge box they had. I placed duct tape on most of the edges that will see some wear to help strengthen it so it won’t break down over time. Made a little place for the 20”x20” filter to slide into (glue and staples). I decided to leave the lid of the fridge box on. Once placed in the U-shape, the top helps keep things more rigid and gives a bit of a ceiling to catch overspray. Placed some sticky backed Velcro in the right areas and it’s pretty darn solid really. I bought an industrial fan b/c I felt a cheap box fan wasn’t going to pull enough air. I can either place the fan on my assembly table or place it on a little Husky work table I have (depending on the direction of the wind outside – I can spray out the garage door or the other way towards a window). I suppose you could put the fan on the floor, but I like it more at the level where you will be spraying most.
I used it this past weekend to spray water based lacquer on my plantation shutters for the house. Worked great! I do like Dresdner’s lazy susan idea of a spray table. I’ll build that next time I need to spray something smaller.
New canvas drop cloth – $17
Fridge cardboard box – free
Velcro – $5
Filter – $1
duct tape (1/2 roll) – $5
New powerful fan – $40
Total – $68
And yes… this project IS made out of wood. Cardboard’s made out of wood. Am I right or am I right? Or am I right? Or am I right?
-- Travis, South Dakota