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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-16-2010, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Some time ago, my wife and I purchased a small ceiling fan for our 3 season screened-in porch from one of the big box stores. It was only $14 and turned out to be a very good deal. The fan still works but the fan blades are made of a compressed cardboard material and started drooping. They had to be replaced. Not to worry.
I recalled episodes of The Router Workshop and removed one of the blades and used it as a template. In no time flat, I made 4 new blades out of 1/4 inch oak veneer plywood!
Thanks to Bob and Rick for the clear and concise instructions on how to use a router and use them safely! They helped a woodworking novice become an avid and proficient woodworker.

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Well done Richard! I owe my routing abilities to Bob and Rick as well. And some very patient and helpful members of this forum!

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Do not use wood for an outdoor fan application!!!!! First, the drooping blades were on the verge of breaking off. A turning fan and broken blade could ruin someone's whole day, not to mention various parts of the anatomy. I sold ceiling fans and lighting for 2-1/2 years. Quality outdoor fans use waterproof motors (you can hose them off) and synthetic blades that are impervious to moisture. Spend the money and get a fan designed specifically for outdoor use.
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OK, I didnt explain competely. The ceiling fan is not exposed to rain or snow it is under a roof with a 6 foot overhang on 3 sides. Both sides of the veneered plywood was given 5 coats of clear lacquer to resist moisture. I appreciate your concerns and comments but the fan has been in service for at least 5 years. The blades were drooping because they are made of compressed cardboard.
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I stand by my previous post. Wood is not good for an outdoor fan. Even if the fan isn't directly exposed to water, humidity has the same effect. Watch them closely.
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I stand by my previous post. Wood is not good for an outdoor fan. Even if the fan isn't directly exposed to water, humidity has the same effect. Watch them closely.
Of course over time humidity will have an effect on wood but if we all when with that fear no one would build anything out of wood, ha ha .

I think for the use of the fan blades it's perfectly fine and it'll last long enough for him to get adequate use out of it

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My intention, as with all GOOD intentions, was meant as a compliment to a no-nonsense series of tv shows about woodworking and the safe, competent use of Routers. In a few short shows, Bob and Rick provided me and many others with techniques how to shape, mortise and edge wood to make practical everyday items. The Router Workshop is a classic and one that should be on tv now.
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Mark, think of flinging a piece of wood at someone like a frisbee. That is the same effect with a broken blade on a ceiling fan. Check outdoor ceiling fans at any retailer and see if anyone makes anything other than plastic/synthetic blades. Still don't think it's a good idea.

rzaccone, it's good that you have picked up some skills from Bob and Rick and I certainly don't want to detract from that. I have found this forum to be very informative and the members are most helpful to reply to questions or give comments. What's next on the list?

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I stand by my previous post. Wood is not good for an outdoor fan. Even if the fan isn't directly exposed to water, humidity has the same effect. Watch them closely.
If wood isn't good for an outdoor fan (not completely outdoors in this example since the original post mentioned the fact that it is a CEILING fan so there must be a roof protecting it from direct contact with water. Humidity is a factor in ALL wood projects and if a home doesn't have air coditioning then the moisture content in the air will make a difference no matter what. To suggest that exterior grade plywood is not suitable to craft replacement blade for a ceiling fan then I would suggest to you that all of the boats and canoes I have built should not be put in the water since they will all sink. What an absurd suggestion. Did you know that blade for airplanes are still manufactured from laminated wood? I guess the next time I go for a ride in my friend's Piper Cub I should plan on the wooden prop to fail.
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