I’ve been itching to do an Altoid tin project at some point, and at yesterday’s #HackSunday I finally had the chance! My buddy @danborghoff walked me through making an Altoid Tin Fume Extractor, a project from Make Magazine. This nifty little gadget uses a computer fan and a carbon filter to extract fumes while working on small soldering projects.
The first part was the most fun for me – I got to practice soldering while assembling all of the electronic components for the project. I needed to connect two battery connectors to a switch and to a voltage regulator.
Once everything was ready, it was time to put the parts inside the tin to make sure they all fit, and to mark out where we needed to drill out for the switch and for the vents on either side.
Dremels are awesome!
Once the switch hole was done, we measured and marked out where the fan lay so we could cut the vents on either side.
With the vents finished, we added a wire mesh to cover the openings.
Finally, it was time to assemble it.
I was thrilled with the finished project. It works perfectly, and I’ll be able to use it the next time I have a soldering project.