Inexpensive dust collector

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Project by dansnow posted 428 days ago 1747 views 11 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Can’t afford a “real” dust collector yet, but needed to do something to reduce the amount of dust in my garage shop.
A trip to Lowe’s for a 20” box fan and a 3 pak of 20” filters, then a couple hours with some 1/2” MDF and some scrap 5/8” ply (that came as the shipping base for my excalibur scroll saw.) and I had knocked together a box to hold the fan and the filter. I can still get to the controls and the handle, and by removing two screws I can change the filter. After only a couple hours running you can see that it’s already clearing quite a bit of dust from the air.

-- Dan Snow & Son Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#1 posted 428 days ago

Looks pretty spanky Dan. I still use my box fan with the filter duct taped to it.

Now if you get a remote for it, you will be set. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#2 posted 428 days ago

Outstanding. Any effort made that will reduce the dust in our lungs is a great effort. Nice start.

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

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#3 posted 428 days ago

Simple fan with a filler behind it work well. I made one for inside the house as well as in the shop. Helps with dusting also. My version here. It had to look good or she wouldn’t let me bring it into the house.

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 428 days ago

You guys have inspired me to tape a filter to my box fan… I am already breathing easier.

-- It's all in a day's work...

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#5 posted 252 days ago

Nice idea. I need to do this

-- Marty,

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