Great New Shop Tool

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Project by Roz posted 05-01-2008 04:21 PM 2561 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I’ve done it. I have just installed the perfect Shop woodworking tool. You no doubt have discovered it is an Air-Conditioner. Ok ok, strictly speaking it is not a wood working tool. However, I bet if any of you came to LA and spend a week with me in the shop, say about July, I bet you’d agree that it’s is absolutely essential.

Late last fall a friend came by with an offer I could not refuse. He explained that the efficiency standards for A/C units had changed and the manufacturers were unloading any units left while they could. The selection was limited but the price was right so I bought two. (One for the house)
air handler 1
I assisted in the installation pouring the concrete pad, pulling wire and providing power, assembling the parts and mounting it all to the wall. I made the wall penitrations and helped put the tubing and pipe in place.

There is no fancy ductwork; just a hood with a register and it blows cold air all the way across the shop. This also keeps the cost down.

I got a good lesson on assembly and operation and learned how to use the gauges and charge the system. It was a real interesting project and doing the prep work myself saved a lot of money.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#1 posted 05-01-2008 04:37 PM

Now that is one “cool” project!

I’m jealous….the wife won’t let me punch a hole in the garge wall for a window unit.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 05-01-2008 04:51 PM

I would just love to have an insulated shop… the only time my shop is nice is in april or september. That’s about it… I’m pretty jealous. Great find!!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#3 posted 05-01-2008 05:28 PM

Are you talking Los Angeles or Lousiana?

I grew up in the L.A. area so I know about the heat there. Woodworking was seasonal then.

Since I moveed to Texas it has been the same, but I also just added an AC unit to my shop so now
O can work year around.

I would at least double up on the filters to keep sawduct out of your AC.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 05-01-2008 06:26 PM

Gary, he means Lower Alabama. Just as bad as Louisiana!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 05-01-2008 06:46 PM

I grew up in MS and its just as bad there. That would have been nice to have. Congrats

-- -- Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of a woodturner.

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#6 posted 05-01-2008 07:27 PM

I can feal your excitement. I live in TN where the weather is not much different. AC is deffinetly on my to do list. the days of 100 + temps is almost unbearable especially with the humidity you feel like you are broiling. congrats i know you will enjoy.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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#7 posted 05-01-2008 08:08 PM

My Southcentral Texas shop is air conditioned, too. All the gaps between the barnwood… Yes, I’m jealous.

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#8 posted 05-01-2008 08:10 PM

Way to go Roz! I know what you mean about the heat out there. When I moved to Lemoore, CA, they said it was a dry heat. I said yes and so is a blast furnace! Enjoy the Cool brother!!!!!!!!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 05-01-2008 10:59 PM

Yeah, Sorry for the confusion Gary my LA is Lower Alabama like Charlie said.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#10 posted 05-01-2008 11:07 PM

Congrats on the ac. And you learned a new set of skills by helping with the install while getting a good deal on the price. Sounds like a winning combination to me.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#11 posted 05-02-2008 03:16 AM

I live in Atlanta right now and will be moving to San Diego next year so i wont need the A/C then. However, this summer it would be very nice to have this in my shop. Nice addition.

-- The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals, the tragedy of life lies in not having goals to reach for.

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#12 posted 05-02-2008 02:26 PM

I am sooo jealous.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#13 posted 05-02-2008 02:47 PM


Looks like you’ve got 12’ ceilings too. If you could vent all that heat that gathers up there, you could make ice-cream!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#14 posted 07-15-2009 11:33 PM

Even better, I’ve seen several all-in-one units on sale on craigslist recently…they stand about 7 ft tall & mount to the OUTSIDE of the wall with a cutout for the vent. That way you don’t give up your precious floor space.

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#15 posted 07-15-2009 11:37 PM

Very cool

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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