|Project by sptfish||posted 09-08-2011 06:57 AM||1580 views||4 times favorited||3 comments|
Air Filter/Parts Rack/Etc…
In my quest to use my shop space more efficiently I designed an air filter (home-made) and tried to get some storage space for holding parts of projects I am working on. This small design has grown into something I really use. ( Pic 1)
It started with the body of the air filter, which is 12 X 20×36, and then I added the exhaust top to move the air where I wanted it. I put an inexpensive 20” fan pushing the air up through the top. Suspended from the ceiling by 1 X 2’s with 1” dowels through 2 X 4’s in the ceiling, the unit is very sturdy and no weight issues. In the future, I plan to replace the fan with a blower, but for now it seems to work great and the dust level is greatly reduced. I just need to change the filters more often. ( Pic 2 is backside)
I later added the storage shelves, which I think are really cool. Attached to the bottom of the air filter I made a rack that is 3” wide, 30” tall, with 5 rows of matching holes through ½” plywood. The PVS pipes are 1” and run through the body of the rack, thus giving 10 storage shelves. I can position the pvc shelves any way I want, and for those not in use, I added a holder on the side of the air filter. ( Pic 3)
What makes this different is that the storage unit swings up and slides on rails to fit under the air filter. I did this by making placing 1” dowel pegs on the four sides of the storage rack, and made a track attached to the bottom of the air filter. After removing the pvc pipes, the unit swings up, then slides on the track, the dowels slide into cut-outs and hold the storage rack up. Although I have only put the storage rack up once, it adds a nice option.
When using the storage rack there is a balancing act between sides, and an uneven weight distribution would topple it, so I added a stabilizer to the top of the rack on one side. Just lower the rack in place and tighten the black handle. ( Pic 3 )
I then decide to move my table saw, which meant moving the power for my table saw. So I made a drop down power supply next to the air filter. It also bends half way and has a dowel attached to the side of the air filter to hold it when I swing the power supply up and out of the way. You can see the elbow of the power supply, made with two dowels to hold it together and allow it to swing upward. This is a dedicated 220 power supply only for the table saw. ( Pic 4, 5, 6)
So far, everything works as I planed, and the additional storage space is greatly appreciated.
What do you think?
Sorry this is so long, there was a lot to write about.
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