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Todd Adornato
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I do a bit of woodworking, and I was toying with the idea of building a housing for a hassock fan using woods with a fancy grain.  I’m guessing though that the motors and blades used in hassock fans are different relative to those in desktop fans?   I’ve got a few desktop fans in pieces where I could repurpose the motors and blades, but none used in a hassock fan.  Any comments or insights would be welcome, and thanks. 

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This Diehl is made from furniture grade mahogany, super nice - 1950

I have built many cabinets - -Cherry is my favorite, these were in our last house - I use a biscuit joiner

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So - is it possible to use a desktop fan motor, or does it have to be a cassock fan motor?  Oil won’t leak out the back and/or leave the shaft without lubrication, etc.?

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THAT FAN IS TRULY A WORK OF ART... 

 

TODD MOTORS ARE ALL DIFFERENT. A HASSOCK FAN MOTOR HAS THE ROTOR SITTING ON THE REAR BEARING SO I DONT THINK A DESK FAN MOTOR WOULD WORK MORE SO THAN A WINDOW  OR BOX FAN OR EXHAUST TYPE MOTOR.  A STATIONARY DESK FAN MOTOR MIGHT WORK BUT NON OSCILLATORS OF THE LATER VARIETY TENDED TO BE THE BOTTOM OF THE BARRELL CHEAPIES ...NOT THE BEST MOTORS. REDMOND SEEMED TO PROVIDE A LOT OF MOTORS FOR HASSOCKS OR THE BALL TYPE WESTINGHOUSE 10" 

 

GOOD LUCK ! 

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Tom is right. Often they have a single ball bearing that the back of the rotor pivots on. But hassock fans can be found on the cheap. So find a beater and use it as a motor donor 

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Todd, you should look up the  wood work Jim Roadt 

 did to  mathes cooler , He completely re did the housing, Not sure if his work is on this new site. The search function on eiother of these forums is less than user friendly.

 

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Thanks Lawrence

Not sure where that is but here are some pics....and I highly dont reccomend doing it for a living20210331_190700.thumb.jpg.ce3d3f252a7ee64122a81d788c781085.jpg20210331_190639.thumb.jpg.ab4860d7358081a6d8959cf81e6cba41.jpg20210331_190326.thumb.jpg.0e98cc57aa595ea3187b45f80462986d.jpg20210331_190454.thumb.jpg.41b915210a9e5a98002e36b0a4f29c36.jpg20210331_190517.thumb.jpg.c9ead500ba62b95612739cc432e5f52a.jpg20210331_190542.thumb.jpg.c2f9c08b306679a7a2a34d7c939da59b.jpg20210213_144527.thumb.jpg.0e4b42cf8b0c677604ace048f4ac6ca7.jpg

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Well, I finally finished that hassock fan project!  I salvaged the motor, blades, three-armed motor mount, and switch from an Emerson hassock fan that had seen better days.  I cleaned up the motor and painted the housing, mount, and switch cover a brownish metallic color, and the blades got a matte black finish. The top and the legs are walnut, the rings are alder, and the inlaid pieces are cherry, maple, and purple heartwood.  The inlay was made possible by my girlfriend using her diode laser to engrave the top and to cut out the pieces.  Then I did a black epoxy pour around the pieces and in the arcs. The vertical rods are bead-blasted brass, as is the switch knob and shaft that holds the top in place; I turned the latter two on my lathe.  It was quite a job!  Pics below

 

 

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