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04-29-2010 08:46 PM  8 years agoPost 1
fire_boy92

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I have turned my garage into kind of a man cave since my truck wont fit in it anyways. I want to get a pool table eventually and my Girlfriend and her sister are begging for an air hockey table. I have done my garage in a rustic theme and want to keep in line with that. Most air hockey table I see are arcade like and wouldnt really fit in. I was thinking of building my own using cedar for the outer frame. I have it mostly figured out but I want to power it with something besides a leaf blower sitting on the floor with hoses going to the table.

I was thinking something like this ...

Heres my question... How do I make a fan like this run off a household outlet? Anyone have a reasonable priced option to make this fan work? I could mount it under the table and it would be practically out of sight.

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04-29-2010 09:43 PM  8 years agoPost 2
wifeorheli

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whats the voltage rate for it?

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04-29-2010 11:22 PM  8 years agoPost 3
spaceman spiff

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not sure but i think the squirrel-cage type fans usually provide more pressure than the flat fans.

My brother and I made a table when we were kids, worked great.

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04-29-2010 11:22 PM  8 years agoPost 4
Professor Fate

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Reverse a shop vac. Then you have a double duty tool. With it cleaned out you could put a little water with fragrance (hops?) in it!

Welcome my son, Welcome to the machine

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04-29-2010 11:36 PM  8 years agoPost 5
steveiewonder

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air hockey
hey I built one in high school 4x8 you can go bigger I use 5/8 particle board laid out 1/4 holes 1" apart after drilling all the 1/4" holes spray glued a sheet of blue or any color you want laminate on top of the 5/8" marked out 1" center again on laminate and drilled with 1/16" drill

This table is powered with a 110v kitchen wall exhaust fan, I'm using puck and hitters from a arcade game,I think I had to take some weight off the puck.

This table works great.

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04-30-2010 12:12 AM  8 years agoPost 6
SuperSixTwo

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Use a 12 volt power supply.

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04-30-2010 12:21 AM  8 years agoPost 7
baddynergy

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I would think the cheapest way to go, would be to pick up a used one for cheap and remodel the exterior to your taste. Atleast that way you would have all the right components for the air table.

**Unattended children will be givin a shot of espresso and a puppy**

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04-30-2010 02:41 AM  8 years agoPost 8
fire_boy92

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I think I will be able to build the playing surface for less than $100. The fan is the only thing i cant decide on. I was looking at the squirrel cage floor blowers too. If I go that way I will build sort of a cabinet around the base to house it. I want it to look clean and not have to worry about hooking a vac to it. These are 12v radiator cooling fans for vehicles. I was thinking I could use it and make the table looke real clean and low profile. They move over 1,000 cfm. I need 400cfm minimum (according to one online source). I would like to get something capable of doing well over that so i can back it down. I was thinking of getting some sort of power supply with a variable output knob so I can mount it under the table with the knob sticking out to control the air.

Supersixtwo .... do you have a link to a power supply thats not too expensive? The ones im finding look complicated (lots of buttons and screens) and expensive. I just need something simple.

Thanks for all the input

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04-30-2010 03:18 AM  8 years agoPost 9
Raptor3DPilot

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What are the required amps for the fan you are looking at?

If you had a spare PC power supply laying around you could convert it to 12v like some of us do for our 12v chargers.

http://www.wikihow.com/Convert-a-Co...ab-Power-Supply

It was pretty easy to do and it's small. You could check Craigslist for a used computer power supply.

Again this depends on the amps needed to run the fan.

Remember when flying inverted that down is up and up is EXPENSIVE!

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04-30-2010 03:21 AM  8 years agoPost 10
Raptor3DPilot

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HAHAHAHA

Here you go: http://houston.craigslist.org/tag/1717039512.html

"It only needs air, I think".... HAHA that just cracks me up for some reason.

Remember when flying inverted that down is up and up is EXPENSIVE!

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04-30-2010 03:36 AM  8 years agoPost 11
fire_boy92

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nice lol... I did quite a bit of searching on craigslist. you find lots of "good" stuff on there! Thats the thing about using an existing tables mechanics.... seems as though most of the table on craigslist have the motor burned out. Guess they arent that high quality.

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04-30-2010 04:28 AM  8 years agoPost 12
wifeorheli

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its rated 12 to 15v try it on 120

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