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01-14-2007 08:22 PM

While on vacation this past summer in Frankfort, MI. (Salmon fishing) , I stopped to rummage through an old rummage store thats been there for years, I’ve found everything there from chuncks of ebony to old venting runs, and blower motors for furnaces. I had seen a plan for an air circulator in a magazine that I can’t give credit to.(forgotten) Needless to say it’s not my idea. Anyway, on one end of my shop, I built a box that held two air filters on the bottom out of the tin I’d gotten up north and ran the vent to the other end of the shop making it as air tight as I could. At the other end I built an air tight box out of wood for the furnace blower motor, and put a vent so the clean air could be blown out, I had a hanging heater/light that hangs just above the exhaust vent. I have to change the filters weekly so I know its working pretty good. Not only am I getting clean a circulated it is blown by a heater. Total investment maybe 50.00-100.00 dollars and I think thats on the high end. Mike or jockmike2

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#1 posted 01-14-2007 09:07 PM

I saw this link online the other day for a home made dust collection

So post some pictures

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#2 posted 01-14-2007 09:27 PM

Thats the problem Mike, it’s been so long ago, like last summer, and I got the plan out of a magazine. I’ll see if I can find something on google. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 01-17-2007 08:48 PM

I started with a scrubber made from a plywood box with 2 furnace filters in the bottom. My son helped do most of it. Made it as airtight as possible. Then ran ducwork from there to the other end of the shop where we had built a box for the furnace blower, with a vent shooting the air downward. Again we made this box as air tight as possible. Ran a cord to an electrical box and cranked it up. It works great, I know because I have to change the filters weekly. It was super easy to make I bought all the stuff used and cheap, I think I paid 5 dolllars for the furnace blower motor at a yard sale. Like I said I got the ducwork at that old store up north and just made it fit together using aluminum flashing, silicone and ductape. It probably cost me 50-70 dollars or less. Mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 01-19-2007 09:41 AM

I have seen a very simple dust collector in a few magazines lately. They take a regular box fan and tape a furnace filter on the back. Then turn of the fan, it circulates the are and cleans it at the same time. Not as effective as yours sounds, but it does work.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#5 posted 01-20-2007 04:03 AM

Anything Bill to lesson the dust we breath. I had about 20 years in a foundry before it cosed in 86. So I don’t need to breath any more crap. MIke

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 01-21-2007 01:54 AM

The first image is the filter box I made on one end of the shop. Then I ran the ductwork to the other end of the shop where I put up the blower motor.

Filter box

This second shot is a pic of the blower.

Blower

Mike.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 01-21-2007 07:54 PM

I agree, anything to keep out the dust. I have asthma, so I wear a dust mask whenever I am in the shop. It helps, especially on those sanding days.

Now I just need to set up the dust collector and maybe make a downdraft table.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#8 posted 01-30-2007 05:59 AM

Looks good! I’ve used the box fan with that A/C filter on it and if placed close enough it will collect a lot of dust. I wear a dust mask with charcoal filter when finishing and sanding and my dust collector when using my bandsaw, tablesaw, jointer and planer. Thanks for sharing your story and pics of your dust filter.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 01-30-2007 06:08 AM

I liek Tater’s Home Made Air Cleaner here

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#10 posted 01-31-2007 06:33 PM

Both look like they will work in the shop.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#11 posted 02-14-2007 01:38 AM

Thanks for the link there Obi. Only thing I would change is the height on mine, to accommodate 12×24 filters and what not that PennInd, Etc carry.

-- Jim, Michigan

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#12 posted 02-14-2007 07:56 PM

A good point. Building the air cleaner to use standard filters would be a good idea.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#13 posted 03-01-2007 06:08 AM

I just seen this air cleaner plans from American Woodworker

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#14 posted 03-01-2007 06:34 PM

Thanks for the article Dick.

I think that a home made air cleaner is a good alternative to the manufactured air cleaners. The home made cleaner can be easy to clean, use easily replaceable filters, and made to fit your needs. Not to mention, it gives you more practice on your woodworking skills (for the boxes and such.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#15 posted 03-02-2007 03:55 PM

That’s a pretty good article, thanks, Dick. I need to build one.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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