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Hanging Compressor Project

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


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, the T-fitting I replaced the compressor's release valve with, and even the tilted arm the copper manifold is mounted to, 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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Cam Clamps 8x8

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Cam Clamps  8x8I made 2 more cam clamps out of quarter sawn white oak. I needed bigger ones so these open to 8” with and 8” throat. They were made with a one piece solid body with a groove in the end for the bar and then the end was plugged with a solid piece. That is what I made that tenon jig for! The bars are 1/4” x 1” aluminum.The cams have the pivot hole directly below the center of the radius so they clamp tight at 90 degrees.They are finished with Danish oil and then buffed and waxed.Cheers, Jim



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Rocket Book Case

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Rocket Book CaseThanks to to Vineta, The Handyman's Daughter for the plans.Glue and dowels in lieu of pocket holes! Other than that same-same.My daughter's request for my Grandson's space theme bedroom.Nasa decal is a shout out to my birth city of Huntsville, the “Rocket City”



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