I know how to solder. I've been avoiding it as much as possible for a long time due to the really crappy soldering iron I've had. As an early Christmas preset, my fiance bought me an Aoyue 937+ solder station. There are better but it's been the best solder station I've ever used. So I've gotten back in to soldering things rather than just twisting and clamping wires or using solderless breadboards.
The problem with all the soldering, smoke. I swear no matter how I position my head, the smoke always goes straight to my face. They make the fans that filter smoke to buy but they are about $80. No thanks. So I opted to make a quickie one. i didn't even care if it filtered air when I started, just get the smoke away. So I threw some stuff together. This is a very basic build. I could do some fancy stuff like add a switch and throw some carbon in a filter and put LED's on it. But that won't really improve performance. I just wanted something that worked. I don't want to make it complicated.
My plan was to try and make this with as many spare parts as possible. Most Instructablers probably have this stuff sitting around. In fact most have probably made one of these. I actually picked up the vent filters from Lowes for about $3, I didn't have those.
- Some spare cardboard
-Computer case fan
-Cloths hanger (metal)
-9-12 volt wall wart
-Some glue and tape