Ventilation Fan Box/Planer stand/now heater

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Project by MOwood posted 03-02-2010 05:02 AM 3355 views 18 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well after a long time of thumbing through the thousands of great projects and looking at several posts of ventilation fans, I decided to share my twist on the project. I originally built this box for a belt drive fan which didn’t last long. I replaced it with a direct drive smaller fan taken out of a furnace. I later added a high and low speed switch but I decided it was still missing something. This time I decided to use the extra room inside the box to include a little 1500 watt oil heater that just happened to fit perfectly. I design this type of equipment on a much larger scale for a living but not made of plywood of course. So I decided I might as well make my shop a little heating unit. At least now I don’t have to trip over that little heater anymore. I still need to slap a little paint on it and make it a little prettier but it is functional and that is what matters most.

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#1 posted 03-02-2010 05:13 AM

oh i’m besides myself with envy
i have no heat in my shop
i wish i wish i wish

-- dannymac

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#2 posted 03-02-2010 05:51 AM

That’s a great build. It has more useful gadgets than a swiss army knife.
How do you like that planer? I have the same one and have been pleasantly surprised. I love mine.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#3 posted 03-02-2010 06:16 AM

For the most part I am happy with the planer. The only issue I have with it is the height adjustment doesn’t lock down and it wants to vibrate up so I have to keep one hand on the handle as I feed the stock in. Other than that it works fine. I did find it on sale a few months after I bought it at a much cheaper price than what I paid for it, still haven’t stopped kicking myself over that one.

This is really the only heat in my shop other than a 1500 watt electric heater. I also have a halogen lamp that puts out some heat. Every btu counts!

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#4 posted 03-02-2010 10:22 AM

Great job. I still have a air cleaner on my list.

-- Scott in Texas

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#5 posted 03-02-2010 11:30 AM

Cool project, warm and clean air. I have a furnance blower needing a home just need to buy the 2 speed swithch for it. What type did you buy for yours?

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

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#6 posted 03-02-2010 01:30 PM

I spent some time drawing a design for an air cleaner for my shop today. I am tired of sneezing for 24 hours after being in the shop for any length of time. My shop is not heated. I had planned to hang my air cleaner from the ceiling to save floor space, but now I see a way to provide some heat and make a functional tool stand. Mine is going to be a stand for my table top band saw and my scroll saw. Thanks for posting this.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#7 posted 03-02-2010 01:34 PM

Great combination of two things a shop need – Well done.

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#8 posted 03-02-2010 04:06 PM

Excellent idea! Thanks, this gives me some ideas of my own, I like the combo of air cleaner/planer stand, two things I definitely need in my shop!

By the way, is that carpeting in your shop? Now that’s something you don’t see every day!

-- Ryno

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#9 posted 03-02-2010 04:17 PM

Nice project. I’ve done a similar design with the furnace fan, but never thought to put a heater in it. Nice Job!

-- He said wood...

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#10 posted 03-02-2010 04:32 PM

Thanks for all the comments! I don’t remember what switch I used exactly, I went up to my local Ace and told the guy what I was looking for and he handed me a high/low/off toggle switch.

Good catch Ryno my shop is carpeted. When I bought this house, the previous owner had fixed up the third car garage as an office for a computer business. I was going to tear out the carpet but decided that was way more effort than I wanted to put forth. I still haven’t decided if I like it or not. It is a lot easier on the feet and back though.

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#11 posted 03-02-2010 04:39 PM


-- Marius PG_BC_CA

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#12 posted 03-02-2010 06:43 PM

Nice project. There are some great ideas there.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#13 posted 03-02-2010 07:03 PM

Very cool project, I like it, I need it.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#14 posted 03-03-2010 12:00 AM

nice build that is nice post the pics of the painted product


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#15 posted 03-03-2010 04:10 AM

Creative. I love your twist on the basic air filtration system. I am in the process of building my own and hope to have it completed in the next two weeks.

-- Dan - Marion, Iowa - Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone

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