My New Healthy Woodshop Addition

20150504_155223smI am in the finishing steps of the Chesapeake Light Craft Wood Duck 10.  Finishing does not mean that I am actually finished with the boat, it simply means that I have started sanding and painting (See our blog “Finishing a Boat“).  On the deck of the kayak I am using Interlux Schooner Varnish.  I have tried many varnishes and there are some great ones out there, but I have had the best luck with Interlux.

After the first night of varnish, I got a call from my wife later that afternoon.  “Honey, the house wreaks of chemicals,” she said.

I came home that night, skeptical of the claim.  I know paints have an odor, but I doubted that the varnish had permeated the basement ceiling and made the house “wreak.”  My wife, like most mothers, has a overly cautious nose when it comes to chemicals, gases, or something burning.  Unfortunately, when I walked in the front door, the odor smacked me in the face like Don Corleone slapping Johnny Fontaine.  Down in my woodshop, the smell was ferocious.  Then I remembered the last time I used Interlux Schooner Varnish.  Oh yeah….that stuff STINKS and stinks for 2 days!

Since I don’t plan on stopping the use of my favorite varnish, I had to come up with another solution.  I went on to Amazon and made some purchases for what I refer to as my vapor removal system.  The whole setup cost under $200.  I purchased a 400 CFM In-Line Fan and a 6″ range hood duct kit that included 8′ of 6″ duct and a louvered vent.  I also purchased a second 25′ section of 6″ duct for the intake.  I want to have the ability to move this section of duct over to whatever project I am working on, so I got one that was sheathed in vinyl.  Lastly, I picked up a timer outlet just so I don’t accidentally leave this thing running for weeks on end.  It took a little over an hour to cut the hole in the wall and to hang everything from the ceiling.

I won’t tell you that this device eliminates the odor produced by paints and epoxy and it does not take the place of a good Vapor Respirator, but it does a fantastic job reducing that smell.  I have done several coats of Schooner Varnish and other marine grade paints and have not had a single complaint from Super Nose.  Comment below if you have any questions.





One Response to My New Healthy Woodshop Addition

  1. Nice job on the Wood Duck. Nice too, to be able to work year round. I have only the garage but am out of business from October to March. No odor problem though. I built the Oxford Shell by CLC. Row it on Norwood Lake as a member of Grateful Oars Rowing Club.

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