Plywood Fan Base

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-15-2016 02:28 AM 1222 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fan that was destined for the dumpster today at the scrap metal drive and I tried it out and it worked, but the knob was missing and the metal base was all bent up. I threw the base in the dumpster and made this wood base for it. I put some gussets for support and casters on it . I did a half lap joint for the base on the miter saw and tapped the plywood and screwed the casters right into the wood

I also made a new knob out of walnut so it can be easily switched to the 3 speeds. I was told that Patton was a good quality fan and this one is all metal. This was good timing because my old box fan I used in the barn smoked and quit last fall.

This high velocity fan will move the fan along the floor when it is on high speed.

It is finished with shellac.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 05-15-2016 02:49 AM

Good find Jim
The base you made looks good and sturdy and I may have to make one also for the fan I picked up at the dump also and only grabbed one of the six that where laying there but none had the front cover and I have to somehow make one and the base is a little flimsy .


-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 05-15-2016 03:05 AM

Good find Jim, the stand has given it some more life time.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#3 posted 05-15-2016 03:20 AM

No hot air in this story Jim. Perfect stand and love the knob. These floor fans are excellent for moving air. Great save.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 05-15-2016 03:22 AM

A gr8 save Jim.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 05-15-2016 03:28 AM

Great save Jim!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#6 posted 05-15-2016 03:33 AM

Those dumpster guys will never get any good stuff Jim if you keep on refurbishing / recycling ::))

Looks toooo good to throw out anyways, well done

Cheers bud

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 05-15-2016 03:33 AM

My problem is just the opposite…

The fans eventually GIVE UP and I’m left with a NICE Base that I just KNOW I can do something else with them!
... little tables. carving tables, etc. etc. Haven’t done anything with them yet! ... I have a collection of two or three of ‘em… :) LOL

Jim, you did good fixing up a base!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#8 posted 05-15-2016 05:10 AM

Great job.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#9 posted 05-15-2016 06:15 AM

Nice. My fan has a flat base and is constantly getting moved around, might try this.


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#10 posted 05-15-2016 11:12 AM

Bravo for upcycling! Sure you are ready for summer heat.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 05-15-2016 11:53 AM

Great find Jim.

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#12 posted 05-15-2016 12:20 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I really need this fan and now I don’t have to carry it like the old one.
It is sad to see all this good metal stuff being scrapped and replaced by cheap plastic stuff!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 05-15-2016 02:59 PM

Good for you on saving the fan and not running out to buy a new one. Looks good too.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#14 posted 05-15-2016 03:30 PM

Now that is practical woodworking at its best.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#15 posted 05-15-2016 03:50 PM

From all of the comments above, I guess we are all FANS of your solution!
Nice fix and save!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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