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Spray Booth for Waterborne Finishes


Fifty bucks and a few hours is all it takes to put together this finishing booth. It keeps overspray off my tools and dust off my projects. Since I use waterborne finishes, I’m able to
use a regular box fan in the window to vent the fumes.A furnace filter over the fan keeps
overspray off the fan blades.Before spraying I thoroughly sweep my shop floor,put down
paper and crack open my garage door several inches to make up for the air being blown
outside by the fan.

I built the booth by first stapling an 8-ft.piece of plastic to the ceiling.Then I stapled
the top edge of the plastic walls to 2x2s,which I screwed to the ceiling rafters.Once the
plastic walls were hung, I stapled 2x2s to the bottom edge of the plastic. I cut a hole in the
back plastic wall for the fan.To store the plastic walls I roll them up and hang them on loops
of rope that hook onto screw heads.This booth also works great for brushed-on finishes.

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This story originally appeared in American Woodworker July 2003, issue #101.

July 2003, issue #101

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