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Does anyone have an old XP Computer?

February 7, 2012 by  
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web_Straight_bitsDoes anyone have an old XP Computer?

I have been thinking about using or recycling one of our old computers and installing it into the workshop. We have been discussing ways to create a positive airflow through a wooden outside protective case. The positive air flow is used to stop the dust from collecting in the computer case.

Anyone tried this before?

I want to use my box calculator found at this link to make the custom material list for any computer case dimensions. Then add the bathroom vent fan use to create the positive airflow through the wooden holding box.

Here is my first question: Has anyone created a dust free computer case for the workshop?I am looking for your help…

Please comment in this post, I am looking to start a discussion on the topic…


8 Responses to “Does anyone have an old XP Computer?”

  1. Clark Douglas on February 7th, 2012 12:54 pm

    I wonder if you made a frame to hold the laptop and put a furnace filter in the bottom where air intake is.
    I haven’t thought about the laptop but yes that might work…wonder about the heat disputation by enclosing the laptop…might still have the positive inflow from the bath fan…Rick

    An update for the laptop:
    Researched the Internet and they have cooling pads (about 30 to 50 bucks) with a built in fan, so maybe we could build a frame with the cool pad and place the furnace filter under the pad to collect the dust from the room…I am thinking that the workshop has to be set up to control most of the dust in someway anyways, right? So this idea might work as well…

  2. John on February 7th, 2012 2:29 pm

    Rick, I’ve used different types of computer filters with good results. The biggest problem will be cooling as the filters tend to restrict air flow. I’ve used extra internal cooling and also small fans outside the case.
    Thanks John,

    So you simply use the off the shelf computer filters and that works to keep the sawdust away from the computer in the shop…I was thinking about using the bath fan in reverse, which means the fan sucks air from outside the shop and into the wooden case. This creates a positive air flow in the computer case making it virtually impossible to get dust in the computer. This is still a theory and a good reason why we use a recycled computer instead of your latest and greatest, you know the one…it is taking up space in the storage room.

    Regards, Rick

  3. spurral on February 7th, 2012 4:24 pm

    As too the answer to your question about old XP, I have one. The other thing is for cooling and keeping out the dust, find and old intake out of furnace and it will both bring in air and you can filter it at same.

    Thanks Rick

  4. Bruce Beatty on February 7th, 2012 5:14 pm

    Rick, I’ve had my computer in the shop since I built it 5 years ago. The only issue I had was the dvd burner, Which I had to replace. I just take the compressor to the computer on a regular bases and its working fine.

    Thanks Bruce, we need comments like yours to get the rest of US to start thinking out side the box so to speak…Rick

    Can you add what you use the computer for in the workshop?

  5. CanuckGal on February 7th, 2012 9:43 pm

    I repaired a computer that had been left on while drywall was installed and sanded in the same room. The customer said the computer just “quit”. When I opened the case it was literally full of drywall dust. I blew out all the dust and replaced a couple of fans. Once re-assembled the computer started up and ran fine.
    Pantyhose or women’s nylons make excellent filters for computer cases and fan intakes.
    I have used a laptop in my shop for the last 3 years. I make sure to turn it off if I am doing any sanding or dusty work. I use it for Google Sketch Up and Cut List programs and for looking for woodworking plans and ideas online. I’ve made a database of all my tools. I find it very handy to have in the shop.

    This is the kind of comment I am looking for, thanks Deborah…you have had experience using the computer in the workshop and give us an outline. Hey and cleaning a computer with drywall dust and it worked again…amazing!!!

    Perfect! are there any more? Thanks, Rick

  6. Bruce Beatty on February 7th, 2012 10:52 pm

    Of course I watch my router workshop videos on it! :) Plus I check other woodworking sites and newsletters. All of my projects I draw in Sketchup and keep the plan in front of me while I work as a reference. The computer to me is just another tool.

  7. Ron Conrad on February 8th, 2012 12:27 am

    I am getting to feeling that this is a computer nerd site not how to operate a router with safety and have some fun. I can not express how dissatisfied I am with my membership. Can not remember that last one I attempted to open. I fell in love with your P.B.S. shows. I would rather plug in a dvd and sit , relax in a nice comfortable chair and not stare a computer screen. I also have a dvd player and screen in the shop. I can stop , pause , rewind with a remote and still work on a project. Ya , I know old school fart thinking…..But I ‘m here to have some enjoyment , and not deal with the aggravation of a computer. Ron

    Point taken, thanks for your comments Ron,

    Regards, Rick

  8. Jerry Ericsson on February 11th, 2012 8:25 pm

    I have used and became rather found of the Panasonic Tough Book series. My last one is now in the hands of my daughter, who, over the past couple of years has dropped and wrecked several laptops. Now she can drop it all she wants as you simply cannot hurt them. They are available used for a fair price on Ebay and occasionaly on Propertyroom.com. They are sealed so you can’t fill them with dirt in fact if you close the port covers you can run them in a sink full of water with the screen up and turned on, they just keep running, you can run over them with your half ton truck and they keep on kicking. My last one came from the state police surplus and worked great. I have also seen laptops used in shops where the keyboard is covered with plastic wrap to keep the dust out, the machine itself is in a wooden box with enough room to allow for some air movement so cooling takes place.

    Thanks Jerry for the insight,

    So the Panasonic Tough Book is the one to use, thanks for the great information…Rick