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Overhead Fan Mount

By: Erich Lage
Cool your shop with this easy to make and very flexible ceiling fan.

w218 005f01 My small basement workshop lacks adequate air circulation, but finding the floor space to set a pedestal or box fan in my confined shop just wasn’t in the cards. Instead of looking to the floor, I found the solution to my problem overhead. w218 005a01 I devised a circular platform that allows me to mount a small but powerful fan. The platform is then mounted to a plywood base that has a section of T-track recessed in a groove. The base is long enough that I can position the fan to aim it at almost any location in my shop. To make the base, cut a groove down the center and install the T-track. The base can be any length to suit the space you have available. I used a simple router trammel to cut out the circular fan mount platform. The trammel also worked well for routing the two adjustment slots in the platform. w218 005a01 d01 The circular platform has a couple of adjustment slots that let me rotate the fan almost a full 180°. The platform is held to the T-track with a pair of threaded knobs, hex head bolts, and washers.

Published: Dec. 19, 2019
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