Portable Spray Booth & Combination Square Video

I’ve had a couple questions about my spray booth when it appeared in a couple blog posts a while back. Before I tell you about my booth, let me tell you how I sprayed in the past.

For a short time – about 11 months – I had an actual spray booth. Before that I confiscated a room, installed an overhead fan that was ducted nearly ten feet to an outside wall vent and called that my spray room. (The exhaust fan wasn’t much help.) And when I began woodworking in my two-car garage, I used a 20″ box fan – it wasn’t explosion proof, either – set in a window. Also, none of these so-called booths had an explosion proof light. No, I’m not flirting with danger, I just do not think all the safety crap is necessary.

Today I have 1500 square feet to work in and my booth is a setup toward the front of my shop. (You can see it in the opening photo.) Still no explosion proof light, and no direct exhaust fan. What you do see is an old aluminum show booth to which I have packed the curtains away and hung inexpensive tarps to keep over-spray to a minimum.

You can see light streaming in from the right-hand side of the booth. That is a larger overhead door that I can open or closed depending on the temperature and weather condition. I also have a 48″ drum fan to clear the shop of unwanted fumes – I’m in an industrial-type setting.

If you’re interested in a booth like mine (who wouldn’t be) you can pick up the entire boot for around $217. You would need four 8′-0″ uprights ($15 each), four base plates at $64 and three adjustable drape supports that would run you $26 per support. The supports allow you to setup your booth between 6 feet and 10 feet wide. The same sizes are possible in depth. Three 8 x 10 tarps are maybe $15. Oh! I need to add in a set of shower curtain rings to hang the tarps. That pushes up the price a bit. Hey, it beats a cardboard box.

At the beginning of August, I wrote about a #21 Combination Square. Read the blog here. In the blog, I included that I had purchased one of these squares and would share video sometime in the future. This is the future and below is the video. Enjoy.
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Glen

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2 thoughts on “Portable Spray Booth & Combination Square Video

  1. Wow…Low tech> I love it!! I was stressed after speaking with a painter and he told me all the explosion proof stuff i need and special exhaust set ups etc. I cannot believe how simply yours is. Where can i purchase the components that you listed? Also, still safe to spray laquer with your setup?

    Thank you very much Glen.

    Conrad Bennett

    1. Conrad – There are a number of online shops that sell the aluminum uprights and support bars. One of the easiest places to begin your search is Amazon.

      I finish with water-based dyes, shellac and lacquer. With water-based products you surely have no explosion concerns however, shellac and lacquer are products to think about. Here is my take and what I have experienced. The reason I use these finishes is due to the quick drying times.

      If you are too far away from your workpiece as you spray, you get a rough finish because the shellac and lacquer dry before reaching the piece. As a result, any airborne material is dry before it reaches your fan or light.

      Glen

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