VAN LIFE: DIY wood fan frame MAXXAIR FAN INSTALL Tutorial (1/3) | Hobo Ahle
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VAN LIFE: DIY wood fan frame MAXXAIR FAN INSTALL Tutorial (1/3) | Hobo Ahle

October 22, 2019


So I finally installed both of the fans
that I planned on putting on the roof and they look absolutely amazing. I’m
gonna go ahead and break the fan install down into three separate videos because
I had to do like two mini projects and then the actual fan install itself. So
yeah, I’m just gonna separate them like that. And so part one, which is this, is
gonna be about how to make a wood frame for your fan, part two is gonna be how I
made like a do-it-yourself plastic adapter, and then the third one is gonna
be the actual install of the fan. So again, since this is part one of three
this is gonna be all about the wood frame that I made for the fan and I went
ahead and filmed this as a tutorial just like literally step-by-step process for
anyone else who needs help making one of these. And I’m sure there are gonna be
people like “are you serious? who needs a tutorial for how to build a wooden
square?” like I get it dude, I get it, but like me for one. I’m a member of the “I’ve
never built anything in my life and just learned how to operate this tool about
five seconds before putting it to use” club and so baby steps my friends baby
steps. They may be absolutely redundant to the vast majority, but for people like
me these videos are very very beneficial. So here’s the timestamp for when the
actual tutorial begins but quickly I first want to go over why I actually
built a wooden frame for my fan in case you’re either curious or you’re thinking
of whether you want to do it yourself or should do it yourself for your own fan
installation. So here’s what they look like from the inside. The plastic adapter
I make in the next video and this wooden frame sandwich the fiberglass roof. The
reason for the frame being that as you can see better here the fiberglass is
just so thin. So as per the instructions, I needed something thicker to mount the
actual fan to. So first up: here are the supplies that I used. 1) The plastic frame
that came with the fan 2) an 8 foot 2 x 2 you can choose whatever type of wood you
like honestly, but I went with this pine from Home Depot just because it seemed
the most durable, stable, and straight out of all their options.
3) a yardstick, tape measure, ruler or just something to measure with. 4) a drill and
the proper bit. I used two because I’m lazy and you’ll see what I mean later
but really you only NEED one. 5) screws 6) A pencil 7) a miter saw, jigsaw, a circular saw,
handsaw basically just something to cut through the wood. I chose a miter saw
because precision yo. and then these last two are totally optional 8) some clamps,
which made it a little bit easier and 9) safety glasses. Just as a reference, this
is the intended result. Notice how there are four pieces, but there are two
different sizes. The top and the bottom are the full length of the plastic frame
and the left and the right are shorter. So step one: making the full length top and
bottom pieces. Start by measuring the full length of one side of the plastic
frame. Mark your measurement. Measure that out on your 2×2. Then draw a line for
where you’re going to cut. Next, carefully cut along the line that you just drew.
This is what you should now have. Step two is going to be to take the piece
that you’ve just made, use it as a template to draw the line for an
identical sized piece, and then cut again. Now you should have the top and bottom
pieces ready to go. Next, repeat steps one and two except this time for the two
shorter pieces. You’re measuring that negative space between your first two
cutouts, so the piece won’t run the full length of the frame. And just like before,
simply measure, mark, and cut. Then use your newly made template to make your
fourth and final piece by establishing a measured line and cutting one more time.
So you started out with this plastic frame and now you should have this. Step 3:
situate your wood frame on top of the plastic one. Now this is where I chose to
use clamps, which is definitely not necessary, but they worked out nicely for
me. I went ahead and put one in the middle of each of the sides and then one
on each of the points where two sides meet. Let’s all just take a second to
appreciate how ridiculously obnoxious this looks. Anyways, once you’ve got your
frame in place you can move on to Step 4 which is making this thing one
solid piece. aka inserting screws. This is where I used
two drills because I’m lazy. I used one to pilot a hole and then the second to
drill the screw in just to avoid having to change bits.
I used a total of eight screws: two on each corner of the longer pieces. Here is
the final product. So there you have it, there’s my “how to
build a wooden frame for your fan tutorial” or low key just like a wooden
square for anything I don’t know, but just just for anyone who’s in the same
kind of like building spectrum as I am where everything is just like… well yeah
so that was part one: the wooden frame. Part two is the plastic adapter and then
part three is going to be the actual fan install. I hope you guys are all doing
well, I wish you all the best, and I will see you guys next time.

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  1. watch all of the hobo van build from start to finish
    โžซ https://bit.ly/2sjn3uh

    building etc starts at 1:52, (click read more)
    this is part 1/3,
    the lighting is cray cray LOL ๐Ÿ‘ฝ๐Ÿ’›
    … oh and all materials/supplies also listed in description box bro

  2. Come on, take the words of Norm Abram to heart: ALWAYS wear safety glasses! NOT OPTIONAL!
    Its no fun getting splinters or fiberglass in your eye with potential vision loss and hospital bill for removal!

  3. I was going to comment that you don't need the clamps. Then I saw how perfectly it for the fan frame, and wow. That is a damn good job!

  4. Great video, it may be relatively simple stuff for some, but its a pleasure to see the incremental progress on your van as it comes together.

  5. Great job beautiful but put some dirty work clothes on like maybe a hoody that you don't care about so much instead of a loose nice sweater. C'mon now.

  6. You are amazing, Excellent, precise detailed install of your frame, Iโ€™m too proud of you Ahle. I watched this video wishing so bad I was there to assist. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Stay up,,,,, George ๐Ÿ‘

  7. Very nice tutorial. But i hope you didn't buy all those very expensive tools, which also would require a lot of space in your 'house'. If I had to buy all that stuff, it would probably be cheaper to hire someone (who had their own tools) to do it.

  8. Great work. Left some tough love on the last video, but this is good. Enjoy your format, personal, good content well presented.. You're a natural. Camera really like you. Thanks for sharing and keep 'em coming. Merry Christmas and safe travels to you!

  9. Hope all is well with you Ahle. Your videos really do help so many of us. I wish we really knew more about you. Are definitely seem like a genuine amazing person.

  10. Ahle I think you have become my very favorite Youtube celebrity. What comes across the screen is warm and sincere. Not trying to put you on a pedestal. You might be a jerk in real life but I sincerely doubt it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was wondering about where you do all these mods on your van though. Do you have a garage that you rent? Same with the tools, surely you are not stowing a miter saw in the van? I look forward to more videos and Merry Christmas to you!

  11. How did you film the bit where the supplies popped onto the screen one by one as you talked about them? Iโ€™m guessing jump cuts maybe?
    love watching your journey building your van ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Correct Ahle, 2 drills is muy Floja. I'm not sure you had enough clamps though. Keep up your good work.
    Feliz Navidad to you.

  13. remember we all got started learning this way even thou many (experts ) say they can do it most will fail and make something that looks like it belongs in Ripley believe it or not house lol great job now you can learn a beveled cut mitered frame learn how to use that saw you got a good one ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Your a very smart young lady what I like is that you don't mind working and getting your hands dirty. Good luck on everything that you do !!

  15. Sorry to lecture you, but don't ever wear a sweater like this or anything with long sleeves or even gloves around a spinning saw blade. Don't do it for me, do it for your arms and fingers.

  16. Good freaking going. I haven't built much stuff with materials like wood and stuff, but I did make my own subwoofer so basically I just had to make the same thing as you, but a cube instead of a square. Then have a round hole in the front for the woofer, a square hole in the back for the amp, some wood inside to structurally brace it, and some holes on the bottom for spikes. It took me FOREVER mostly because I didn't have easy access to MDF or the tools to cut it the way I wanted. And because I got lazy until one day I said I'm gonna complete this damn subwoofer! Turned out OK for a first attempt at a subwoofer, but it doesn't sound all that great and I just have it decorating my room…

    But it brings up an interesting point. If you want to have what Ahle built without the seams, you could just start with a square board and cut the square opening for the fan out of the middle of it. Unibody construction is all the rage right!? No screws, no drills, just need to figure out how to cut the hole in the middle. More wasted material though, because you're left with a smaller square board…

  17. Hobo Ahle: Van life is about saving space and not spending on unnecessary expenditures!

    Also Hobo Ahle: I have two drills so I don't have to change bits, look at meeee!

  18. Good work on this. You may not have building experience but you have builders logic. Plus, maybe you are ambidextrous. Made your pencil marks with left and right hand.

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