Bunker Gear Dryer

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Project by MathieuTN posted 10-13-2015 02:02 AM 7643 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My very first project was completed today. It was a learning experience on so many levels. The construction was basic plywood 3/8 I believe. I grabbed a squirrel cage blower laying around the fire hall, and wired it to a digital timer switch. The blower is encased in 1/4 plywood. Everything is on casters, and the blower is detachable.

I was able to use my table saw, router, and band saw for the first time since getting started. It was a blast to build, and the fellas from the local volunteer fire dept. helped tremendously.

The final picture is one to remind me that I will never make the same mistake again. I had removed the riving knife to cut the plywood. My blade is thin kerf, and the knife was binding the wood. Well when I was cutting a pice of the 1/4 ply it kicked back and went over the blade. I honestly thought I had really cut myself wide open. This was a hard lesson to learn. I’ve been sore all day long. Never ever again will I make that mistake.

Matt in Tennessee

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#1 posted 10-13-2015 10:55 AM

what a fortune. thanks for sharing, and feal well.

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#2 posted 10-14-2015 01:34 AM

As a Volunteer Fire Chief I say good job!! Anything that will help the dept. I’m sure is appreciated.

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#3 posted 11-05-2015 09:56 PM

Thanks so much. I made a couple of other items to help the dept. We needed a way to get the battery charger and the air compressor around.

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#4 posted 02-16-2016 06:38 AM

Hi Matt. We are part of a small firehall and are currently exploring building our own dryer. Could we get some measurement from you? or a set of plan. It would sure help our hall. Thanks Chief Dave

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