I've spent too much time breathing the stuff that emanates from the tips of soldering irons. After checking out the available fume extractors, I thought I could do better putting something together myself. If it didn't turn out that way, at least it would be my loud, expensive, and low air flow fume extractor. Maker's remorse is always better than buyer’s remorse.
There's more than a couple improvements that I could make, and more than a few things I could have added at the beginning, but keeping it simple helped get it done. Scope creep had me thinking of incorporating a fan speed controller, indicator lights, and other features. When it came down to it, I decided that simple was the order of the day for version 1.0. The basic design incorporates an AC fan, power cord and switch, carbon filter, and enclosure.
Luckily, I’m not suffering any remorse with this project. In the future I can see maybe coming up with something more complicated, but I’m satisfied with how the fume extractor turned out. This DIY fume extractor does the job and is a great addition to my work bench.
Bill of Materials:
Cooltron AC Axial Fan 120mmx120mmx38mm 110 CFM 2600 RPM
Carbon Filter Material
2 x Silverstone Fan Filter with Grill 120mm
120mm Chrome Fan Grill
Hammond 1415D 6”x6”x6” Steel Enclosure
16A 125V DPST Rocker Switch E-Switch RR812C1121 or equivalent
1/4” Wire Grommet
4 x 2” #8-32 Machine Screws
4 x 1.5” #8-32 Machine Screws
4 x #8-32 Nuts
4 x #8-32 Nylon Lock Nuts
4 x #8-32 Wing Nuts
IEC Power Cord (Computer Power Cord)
Rust-Oleum “Hammered” Black Spray Paint 7215830
Self-Adhesive Rubber Feet
See the Instructable for detailed build instructions