Heart Dovetail Fan

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Project by Dan Lyke posted 901 days ago 3094 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With the workshop mostly built, I’m finally getting to catch up on some of the half-finished projects that have been knocking around during that time.

We live in a fairly temperate climate. We run the heater a little during the winter, and though we have a window air conditioner stored in the attic, we rarely break out out. However, sometimes in the summer time it’s just warm enough that it’s nice to have a little fan going while we sleep.

I was finding that the noise from various fans had just enough something in the sound that it was waking me up. Charlene brought home a couple of allegedly “super quiet” fans, but many of those were more annoying to me than the cheap ones. Then I realized: I could just toss some computer muffin fans at the problem!

So I did. Which was fine. Although they were kind of set out at odd angles, and we kept tripping over the cord, and plugging and unplugging was a lousy way to switch the fan.

Whence this: Hand-cut (with the help of a drill press) heart dovetails, the back milled out on my milling machine. The pieces on that cross-bar slide back and forth as switches, you can turn on the middle one and the top and bottom independently. The whole fan assembly tilts.

Made of Maple and Koa.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#1 posted 901 days ago

Very unique, really cool. Literally.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 901 days ago

Neat solution to the problem.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 901 days ago

That is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship Dan. I needed a fan in our bedroom also, but I just hung mine from the ceiling and put a light kit on the bottom of it. Works great and is really quiet. Of course you know that I’m just being a Smart A.. and kidding you.

Beautiful work there, and quite clever.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 901 days ago


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#5 posted 901 days ago

Wonderful way to resolve an issue, great design

-- Norman

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#6 posted 901 days ago

Another fine example of Lumberjock Ingenuity. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#7 posted 901 days ago

very cool…interesting!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 900 days ago

Well thought out, especially the wiring.

Well built.

Good job.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 899 days ago

A great design, plus creation.
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-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Dan Lyke

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#10 posted 898 days ago

Thanks, ya’ll.

Dick & Barb, I love Digi-Key, but luckily we’ve got the northern branch of Halted Specialty Computing up the road with bins and bins of surplus computer fans and power supplies for projects like this.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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Dan Lyke

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#11 posted 781 days ago

For future browsers of the archives, see also Jim Jakosh's 12v fan stand.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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