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Ceiling fan blades - how do I make them? I've got an old fan motor, but no blades. I could use wood or fiberglass. Answered

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aeray
aeray

10 years ago

Most fans (balanced or not) come with a balancing kit of lead tape. You can also just use small washers or pennies and tape or super glue.

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Re-design
Re-design

10 years ago

You can buy replacements at Home Depot or Lowes.  It's worth doing that because they come balanced.  Even using the best plywood you may have to make 6 or 8 to get 4 that are close enough in weight to work right.  I know this from experience.

The replacement blades are packed so that they all weigh very close to one another and it only takes the weight of a penny to throw the fan off balance so that it wobbles and makes enough noise to keep you awake at night.  I know this from experience.

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Burf
Burf

10 years ago

I would use a cabinet grade, 5 ply 1/4" plywood.  Birch if you want painted blades or the wood species of your choice if you want a stained wood finish.

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orksecurity
orksecurity

Answer 10 years ago

Absolutely; that's what the originals almost certainly were. They were also simple flat blades, not airfoils or twisted or anything complicated. Actually, it might be worth asking the manufacturer how much a replacement set would cost.

As caarntedd points out, unless you have the brackets attaching the blades is going to be a bit complicated/annoying. Again, unless you want to contact the manufacturer about spare parts.


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caarntedd
caarntedd

10 years ago

Do you have the metal brackets that attach the blades to the motor?