Since I do most of my electrical soldering at my basement workbench, and there is not much ventilation, I decided it was about time to put something together to take care of the fumes. I came across a Make Magazine Weekend Project Mini-Fume-Extractor and figured I could put together something similar.
Goals of build:
- Benchtop Fume Extractor
- Powered from outlet, not batteries
- Easily positionable
I have a box full of old wall power transformers left over from old phones and other appliances, as well as another box of fans scrapped from appliances and computers. Searching through this I came up with the following:
Now I just needed something to hold and position the fan, the first thing I thought of was some type of metal gooseneck like on some desk lamps and microphone stands. I did some online searches and found this site Leflexo but they had no pricing (and still haven't answered my inquiry). I also found a nice little inexpensive gooseneck usb light at IKEA USB Light. I was planning on heading out to IKEA but decided to check my favorite parts supplier first – Goodwill. There are 4 Goodwill shops within 10 miles of me and I lucked out and found a gooseneck desklamp at the one just a mile away and it was only $4.
The lamp had the added benefits of a weighted base (something I wouldn't need to figure out on my own) as well as a built in switch. The only thing left was a method of mounting the fan to the lamp base. Cutting, drilling out and gluing together some scrap acrylic solved that problem.