Paint Booth Setup

I wanted to build a paint booth for the shop. I wanted it to help keep over spray down and provide at least a little ventilation. Here is what I cam up with.

I had a 4×8 sheet of hard board from another project. I measured everything out and cut it up:

In the back panel I drilled out some 2 and 3 inch holes in a 20×20 square. The same size as an air filter:

I then made a frame to hold a 20×20 AC filter. Again using scrap I had laying around:

I used Gorilla tape to hold it all together. The hard board is too thin to nail and if I needed to, I could cut the tape and lay it down.

Back Side:

Lastly, I added some lights and a lazy Suzann:


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Portable Air Regulator/Dryer

I wanted to make a portable air dryer/regulator for use with my paint booth, air brush or any other system that could and would move around my shop. Here is what I came up with:

Made a tee with scrap pine 1×6, glued and screwed.

Then added Harbor Freight Dryer/Regulator and coil line. Quick and easy, gets the job done.

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Keeping it Solvent!

I wanted a solvent tank that will take care of my weapons parts as well as my shop tools. I got the Solvent Tank from Northern Tool and Equipment. Then I mixed up ‘Ed’s Red’ Bore Cleaner and poured it in. Well that was a mistake! I did not read the manual (RTFM), the pump is only for water based solvents:

I replaced the pump with this guy from I had to modify the top plate a bit to get it to fit:

Then I set it all in place and added some brass fittings to help keep the solvent out.

Put the wiring back together:

Added the brush and did a test run. All good!

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Band Saw Mill Sled


Started clearing the property and we have some logs smaller logs I want to try to mill up myself.
Started by cutting a ¾” sheet of plywood to 24” x 36” and adding in 2, 18” T-Tracks
Measured the distance from the blade side of the miter slot to the blade and used that distance to screwed on the miter bar. Sanded it down and good coat of wax.
Cut 2 13”x36” pieces and put 3/4” rabbits on the ends and back and a 3/4” dado directly in the center:
On one I cut 2 1/4” slots in:
Cut 3 support pieces, put a curve on them and glued them in place. Also drilled holes for the T-Track bolts and knobs.
Setup my rollers and mounted everything up:
Used the slots to secure the log with screws and went for it:
Think it worked out pretty good:
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Getting out of Hot Water!


We were given non-working electric hot water heater. I think it is 40 gallon, it is shorter than a standard type I have seen in the past.
I started taking it apart by removing everything from the front panels and making a couple cuts with my 4 inch angle grinder. One down the side seam and 1/3’d it on the top and bottom. Very thin sheet metal, cuts were quick and easy:
The bottom had 1 inch thick Styrofoam glued to it and the rest was spray foam.
Took me about 45 minutes to get it all off:
Going to recycle the rest:
Not sure what I am going to do with the tank yet. Looking like either a Driveway roller for the Tractor or a smoker…
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Reclaimed Wood Shelf


The previous owner was kind enough to leave us some 2x6x12’s de-nailed, clean and stacked keeping them straight. Decided to use some of them for a shelf next to one of our sheds.
Started by making the shelf. The shed happens to be as long as the boards. Cut 5 18 inch pieces and nailed 3 boards to them:
Then made the legs. Made it in sections so the wife and I could move it into its location.
Leveled it out, added the shelf and a few boards on the bottom:
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Side Awning – The Big Cover Up

Here is the front “big” awning. We attached a frame for the awning to a metal building the same way we did the other awning; We used the self sealing metal roof screws to attach the brackets to the side. The brackets are screwed into the 2×6’s used to frame the building. VERY secure!
I wanted to show a better shot of how we did the footings with the 4×4 brackets. We used the 12 inch round forms 2 feet long with 2 1/2 bag cement each
The framing is pretty much the same as the other awning, except the cross beam 2×4’s are set in between the 2×6’s and we used metal braces to help support:
Here is a shot with all the framing done and the brackets on.
Started attaching the metal roofing:
Here is a shot with all the roofing on:
Still need to add the end and side flashing. Will do the electrical next
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