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Hanging Compressor Project

I can't wait to show off my new compressed air setup.

I saw this pic in a magazine...



... and it got me to thinking.

I wanted a dedicated place to finally put my compressor in the shop...
  • while allowing it to be removed quickly to use away from the shop
  • without taking up valuable floor space
  • with an attached 5 gallon tank
  • with a connection to a retractable air hose reel
  • without screwing anything directly to the ceiling (to avoid puncturing the roof shingles, and inviting leaks)
  • and with a copper pipe manifold that has connections before and after an air filter


I ended up with all of these, and more.


Read part two here.



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Hanging Compressor Project, Part 2

In the first post on this project, I said...

I wanted a dedicated place to finally put my compressor in the shop...
  • while allowing it to be removed quickly to use away from the shop
  • without taking up valuable floor space
  • with an attached 5 gallon tank
  • with a connection to a retractable air hose reel
  • without screwing anything directly to the ceiling (to avoid puncturing the roof shingles, and inviting leaks)
  • and with a copper pipe manifold that has connections before and after an air filter


Well, here's what I managed to put together...



Now I know it looks sort of busy, and part of that is due to my jam packed shop, but let me go through all the pieces that make up this total compressed air solution, that I am VERY happy with, and maybe when I'm done, it'll inspire you to do something similar.

Let's start with the compressor platform...





You can see the pivoting, 2" PVC coiled hose keeper that's mounted under the platform, and the T-fitting I replaced the compressor's release valve with, but more on those later.

Here's the platform before I hung it up, without anything on it...



I put cleats on three sides, and glued those small, angled cleats in place too.
The compressor's front foot rests in the half-circle drilled into the front cleat, and its back two feet rest in the half-circles drilled into those two angled back cleats.

All the cleats serve to keep the compressor in place, during any vibration while the compressor is running. As it turns out, there's actually very little vibration, and I think it's because the platform is hanging from chains, and that might dampen most of the vibration, along with the compressor's rubber feet.

The platform is hanging from the angled ceiling joists of my workshop, so it's pretty clear the stainless steel chains had to be shorter in the back than in the front, so as to level the platform.


Part 3 in a few days...



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Cheese board with a dolphin and turtle "bowtie".

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Cheese board with a dolphin and turtle "bowtie".Hey guys and gals,
I have been working on this cheeseboard for a few weeks now mainly because the spalted section soaked up a lot more poly than the solid parts. The challenge for me was spraying thin coats, sanding and repeating the process until the spalted parts no longer soaked any more poly. I am thinking it took 12 layers to get it all even.
Anyways, the “mouth” appeared to look like an ocean wave and I used a turtle “bowtie” running away from the waves and a dolphin one jumping into it in an attempt to prevent cracks from expanding in those weak areas. They are cherry wood.
The wood was a broken branch of a spalted pecan tree that I bought locally and had it slicied to 1-1/2” slabs for $135. I really thought the whole thing was going to be used for smoke my fish and meat until I ran the slabs through the planer and saw all the beauty in the wood. Since then, I have made several pens from different chunks of that wood that turned out very well.
Thanks for looking.



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Swamp kauri hei toki

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Swamp kauri hei tokiFinished with beeswax and boiled linseed. These days, toki are primarily worn for ornamental purposes. Traditionally, they were (and still are) made of pounamu (NZ greenstone) to represent the adze. Maori traditionally used pounamu to make a number of tools.



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Ollie's Chest

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Ollie's ChestWhen you have two grandsons, you have to make two chests. This one is Ollie's. He helped design it, choosing the lid profile and end panel shape. He decided it needed a till (with a secret compartment, shhh, don't tell anyone) and a lock with a key. He wanted it to be blue.I decided that he might lock the key inside the chest so I didn't install the lock catch. It's made out of poplar and finished with Salem Red milk paint followed by Federal Blue, followed by BLO and then some Briwax. I buff the milk paint out with 0000 steel wool to burnish it.The hardware was forged by Ian Hart with Cloven Hoof Iron and Wood. He made the nails, crab lock & key, and strap hinges.Ollie loved it. He literarily jumped for joy when I delivered it. My main issue is that he has a younger sister! I've tried to add a few things to projects I make for the grandkids but I don't think I can add anything else to a painted six board chest. I might have to upgrade to a dovetailed chest.



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