How to Build an Airbrush Booth

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How to Build an Airbrush Booth
Protect yourself from airbrush fumes (airbrushpistole image by Thomas Duchauffour from Fotolia.com)

An airbrush is a device that atomises paint, spraying a stream of tiny particles onto a canvas or other surface. Because it creates a spray of paint, it can be dangerous to your lungs if you breathe in too deeply. Some artists use dust masks or respirators to solve this problem, but a much more comfrtable solution is the use of a spray booth. A professionally-made booth can cost hundreds of dollars, but you can build a homemade version for a fraction of the cost.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Table
  • Plywood
  • Saw
  • Wood screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Box fan
  • Duct tape
  • Furnace filter
  • Glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut four rectangular pieces of plywood. Their width should match the box fan, and their depth should be one foot.

  2. 2

    Position the table beneath a window. It should be high enough that it is flush with the window sill. If it is not high enough, cut extra plywood sheets and stack them up until their surface is high enough. Secure them in place with a few wood screws going into the table surface.

  3. 3

    Remove the screen from the window. If left in place, it would bounce air and fumes back into the room.

  4. 4

    Attach a furnace filter to the front of the box fan with duct tape. It should cover the entire surface.

  5. 5

    Assemble a box out of the four plywood rectangles, securing the one-foot sides with wood screws. Drill pilot holes first to prevent the plywood from splitting.

  6. 6

    Turn the box fan to its highest setting (without plugging it in), then remove the knob.

  7. 7

    Insert the box fan into the plywod box backward, so that it will blow out. The cord will trail into and through the box, and should be taped down with duct tape to keep it out of the way. Only insert the fan far enough for it to stay in place.

  8. 8

    Glue the box fan in place and run a piece of duct tape along all joints to ensure an airtight seal.

  9. 9

    Position the fan end of the spray booth into the window. Screw it down to the table surface to make sure it does not shift.

Tips and warnings

  • Plug in the fan to activate the spray booth. Any fumes from airbrushing will now be pulled through the filter (which will catch particles) and out the window. For the best suction, open another window in the room to create airflow.

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