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 Posted: Tue Mar 22nd, 2016 01:53 am
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Lane Shirey
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I got tired of the house filling up with paint fumes and overspray everywhere, but I wanted a small, inexpensive solution so that it could be easily put away when not in use. This thing has turned out much better than I could have imagined. 

This started off with a HF Tube Axial fan and collapsible ventilation hose. With the 20 or 25 percent off coupons, they weren't that expensive. 

Next, go to the Orange Box home improvement store and buy a cardboard wardrobe box. These are in with the shipping boxes that many of us use to ship fans. It is made of the same heavy duty double wall cardboard. It even has a great metal bar to hold clothes or in this case to hang your fan parts from. 

This is the wardrobe below:

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Box taped together

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Next, find a furnace filter in a size you like. I use the pleated ones. I think the one I used was 14x24. Also find a second box slightly smaller in all dimensions or modify one. This serves as a manifold to allow for a better flow of air. It is where the flex hose will attach. 

Lay out how large you want the opening on the front and cut the box so that the hanger bar will be positioned the correct way. I left the cardboard cut for the door in place for strength. Cut an "I" to create 2 doors, swing them inside and glue or tape them. You will need very good duct tape. Pics will be self explanatory. 

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The metal bar included attaches to the sides using the 2 slots that look like hand holes. Attach and fasten the bar with tape. 

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Next cut a hole in the back of the box opposite the front opening you just cut. It will be the same size as your other box. Slip the top flaps through the hole and on the inside fold them outward so you can temporarily tape them. Also cut a hole in the bottom of the manifold box yo fit the hose. I cut the hold undersize and 2 slots to shove the springy support of the hose into. See pics. The marked square is the size of my filter.

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Hose installed

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Hose inside

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Pic of inside. I made 2 wood frames that the Filter will fit into. One goes on the outside and one in the inside and screw them together. This also strengthens the connection of the 2 boxes and air proofs it. I added 2 turn blocks to hold in the filter, and I may eventually add a second prefilter. I added 2 LED Strip lights from Depot that give tons of light. I added a piece of plywood to fit the bottom and will use a lazy Susan on top of it. It gives a very gentle vacuum and I've seen no paint residue on the tube axial fan yet. 

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The tube axial fan

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The fan was around $60, the hose about $30, the wardrobe was I think $15, and the lights $45 each. Not having paint fumes in the house...priceless. 

There are many other types of homemade booths, but for me this is big enough for now, and very portable. I'm sure there will be many opinions of safety, size, and every other aspect, but for me this works very well and was built in a day. You decide if it might work for you and any improvements you'd like to make. I make no claims of safety or proper technique. That is my disclaimer. 

Good luck building your's. I hope my tutorial helps. 

All the best, 

Lane

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Nice..do you just put the other end of the house out a window or something? Where does the fan go, in line?, at the other end of the hose?

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Sorry, I guess I should have mentioned that the fan goes outside on the end of the hose. I think they pull better than push. I run the hose out my garage door and around the side of my house. Kinda depends which way the wind it blowing and I just orient it in a way so it doesn't blow back in the door. 

I think the accordion hose might have some resistance to airflow and may look for a more permanent solution in the future. 

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necessity is the mother of invention - thank you for the assembly documentation!!

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Very nice idea Lane, thanks for sharing!!!

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Nice!

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Thanks for sharing, what a great idea.

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Cool...I may have to try this. Did you get that duct at harbor freight? Looks a lot like the ones used on those portable a/c units...for which I'm looking for a replacement. This might just be the ticket.

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Yes the fan and duct are from Harbor Freight. I think though if you had room for a more permanent solution either large PVC pipe or even stove pipe would work better as they're smoother. The collapsible hose has so many ridges inside that I think it restricts airflow a bit. For now it's ok though. 

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Just found this looking through old threads, are you still using it? Great idea!

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NICE !

I built a smaller version of this for my shop (my basement work room - LOL)

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Richard Daugird wrote: Just found this looking through old threads, are you still using it? Great idea!

Yep, it’s still working great. Though I’ve since replicated it from 1/4” plywood to make it more durable. Makes the perfect fan paint booth

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Lane Shirey wrote:

Richard Daugird wrote: Just found this looking through old threads, are you still using it? Great idea!

Yep, it’s still working great. Though I’ve since replicated it from 1/4” plywood to make it more durable. Makes the perfect fan paint booth

Hi Lane! I made one out of a TV cabinet from a garage sale for $5... it is about 6ft. Tall... Open the doors and the paint area is in the top... I added a vent, lights, heat bulb to cure paint... On the lower half are drawers to keep all my paint and junk in... It really worked well! All wood and $5!!
I sold it to a car guy about 4 years ago that had to have it... I have since bought another $5 cabinet but been to lazy to put it together...

Geo...

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Thanks for taking the time to put this thread together, Lane!
I am currently dealing with overspray all over my workshop, and this looks to be a great alternative to using mineral spirits to get overspray off my toolboxes.

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So here’s a fix for another common problem. Using the paint booth in the heat of summer or cold of winter.  My shop has a door that I used to shove the blower fan out of to vent the fumes.  

The problem is that in the inclement months or if it’s raining it leaves too much hot/cold/damp air into the paint area.  

So the solution.  I made a “web” to close off the door opening.  This can be done many ways, and I guess you could install a cat door or something, but my door is visible to the front of our home, so cutting it wasn’t an option.  I opened the door just enough to fit the blower. I then measured and cut a wide strip of vinyl (I used a durable Naugahyde from Joanne Fabrics like you’d upholster a boat seat with) large enough to overlap the door opening. It extends up and along the top of the door, where it’s cut to a wedge to match the opening.  


I attached wide, heavy duty, adhesive backed Velcro all along the perimeter of the door opening and also on the vinyl. 


Then I measured and cut a hole at the bottom of the vinyl slightly smaller than the blower opening.  

It takes about 10 seconds to deploy, and I simply push the blower mouth against the hole.  It seals nicely and all fumes go out and the A/C or heat stay in.  


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That's a great idea Lane. Luckily my garage is behind my house. Unfortunately, I have to drive my cars though a dirt road in the alley if I want to park back there. Ha ha, like there's any room to park in the garage!

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Honestly, there is a very simple solution to use the booth indoors. I use a fan from the ceiling of a bathroom at the back with the filter inside the cover. The duct is held to the back of this puller fan with an O ring and I run it directly into a bucket of water by my table. It’s a great little booth for air brushing.

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Interesting!

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