Turning Archive 2005

Knock down spray booth

Dominic Greco at home in Richboro, PA
>Hello Everyone,

I found that when it came time to set up my spray equipment most of the time was spent laying down newspaper, or covering up tools in the "blast zone". Once you get the paper set, a breeze, or an errant blast of air could easily mess up your layout.

So this weekend, I decided to make something to make my life a little easier. It's just a simple knock down spray booth, and it cost me $35 to make. All you need is one sheet of 1/4" hardboard, (2) 24" long piano hinges, and some assorted scraps (I used 3/4" plywood).

My garage/shop isn't big enough to hold a dedicated "finishing room" (yet). So this booth had to be easily set up and broken down. It also had to be stored flat against a wall when not in use.

The dimensions are based on the type of projects I spray. Mostly smaller stuff like bowls, vases, peppermills, bottle stoppers, and pens. The booth measures 36" wide x 24" tall x 18" deep. The sides spay out at 12 degrees.

view of booth from the front

spray booth from side

The piano hinges join between the (2) 24" tall x 18" deep sides and the 36" wide x 24" tall back. The sides fold up right against the back for storage.

If you look at the photo, you can see the blue tape inside. This is where I screwed up. I could only buy 30" long piano hinges at Home Depot. My plan was to cut them to fit the sides. However, I cut them 18" instead of 24". So the tape is there to help block the holes!

view of booth from front with top removed

The top and bottom have pieces of plywood edging along the sides and back. Each piece of edging has a 1/4" deep x 1/4" wide rabbit that is sized to receive the sides and back.

corner detail

Once you're down spraying, this whole thing knocks down to an easily stored assembly.

spray booth disassembled and folded up

All told, I think this took about 3 hours to finish. And that was taking my dear sweet time cause' it was so hot out to hurry!

Thanks for viewing.

See ya around,

My ugly mug


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