I am planning to up my production of my Glowforge here in October. I have been selling things through my web site, but my stock is depleted, and people are starting to Christmas shop. There is also the potential for craft shows but I haven’t signed up for any yet.
Anyway, my Air Filter has been working great for light use, and allows me to put my Glowforge near my workshop. Unfortunately, it it fills up too quickly for what I am going to need to do over the next 4-6 weeks. Simply put, I need to go back to venting. I also need to cut a lot of MDF for a few of the items I sell, and that isn’t recommended on the air filter because it is so dusty.
I have a 15x20" tilted basement window that I was venting out of originally but it was a very hacky solution. Each time I want to use the Glowforge I have to open the window. and connect a hose to it. The hose runs to a plastic window well cover that has a 4" vent in it (that automatically closes when not in use). The downside to this solution is that I have to open and close the window up, and the window well doesn’t keep the smell out anywhere near what the filter does.
So my thinking is to have some thick acrylic cut with a a 4" vent. Then I would put some a dryer insert in it so I could connect my Glowforge hose to it. My wife does not want me to use glass block, but there are existing options available for this. So far, I can’t find anyone locally that is able to do acrylic (still looking around). The window I have has “arms” that hold a window casing to it, but it’s definitely going to be a custom job. The thickness of the acrylic window, the casing, etc. would have to be figured out for it to fit the same way. I don’t trust myself to do it, because of potential leaking. My goal is also to be able to put the original window back in if needed.
I was wondering if anyone here has suggestions or recommendations. I also thought about cutting a hole in the siding, but that option isn’t ideal for our situation, mainly because it’s an extra hole that is only needed for a laser cutter.
Edit: here is a past thread that shows the venting set up, along with the window that I’d like to change. My venting setup, and quest to remove odor and noise