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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 08-08-2009, 11:17 PM   #1
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Default DIY, Homemade Media Blasting Cabinet

After many delays, my sandblaster is finally done, and it works great.


The structure of mine is elusively wood; I didn't use any metal to cover the inside.

I'm not gonna tell you how to actually build the box, if you need help with that part then you shouldn't be working on a motorcycle.

I didn't draw out a plan of any kind, I just started cutting plywood, and designed it as I went.

Early phase, basically just a box:





Here I enclosed the bottom:



Once the bottom was enclosed, I made pieces for the inside that made it taper in both directions, as you see here:





Found some fittings to run the air hose through the plywood wall. I think they are plumbing fittings though.





I installed the hoses for air and the sand pickup. I bought a super cheap blasting gun off fleabay, it works great, and came with the pickup hose, pickup pipe, and some spare nozzles.



Added a light so I can see:



At this point it started to get kinda heavy, so I added some wheels. Do not underestimate the value of this feature.



Then I put my door on. I used regular home door hinges, very sturdy, and cheap. Home depot sold acrylic sheets in 30"x30" for like $17, so I bought one and cut it in half, that way I have a spare for when the glass gets shitty. I cut the hole a little smaller than the glass, and made little wood retainers on three sides to hold the glass in, then I just used some race tape around the edges, and viola!



I put foam weather stripping around the edges to seal it, and used these style of latches, I dont remember what they're called but you get the idea.



I put a pvc fitting in the side near the light so I could hook my shopvac up to it. The vacuum fits in great, but I need to add some vents on the other side, it sucks to hard right now that you can't move your hands with the vacuum on.



Completed, ready for operation:



My local place didn't have any alum oxide, so I got impatient and went with glass beads. A little softer, but works great.



Overall this was a great idea and saved me a ton of money.

I spent about $90 on wood, $20 on the gun, $20 on the media, $20 on hardware, $17 on hose & fittings, $15 on glue and screws. I'm not sure how much I spent total, maybe $250, but I think to buy a unit this large would be $1000 or more.

It should be large enough to do my frame if need be. It will def fit, but I'm not sure if I'll have the mobility to actually do a good job.

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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 08-09-2009, 01:28 AM   #2
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Any questions or comments would be appreciated.



Does anyone know how much pressure I should be running in this thing? So far I've run it at 60 psi, and I fell like I would like more power. My compressor is pretty big, so at 60psi it only kicked on every once in a while.

What should I run, 80 psi ? 100 psi ?

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That looks like a great setup! I think we run around 100 PSI in the cabinet at work

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I love it. If I blasted more Id have to build myself one. My question is where did you get the gloves?

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Gloves were $18 on fleabay. THey're great though, cotton lined. They are just hose clamped on 2 giant PVC fittings.

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How much more would it have cost to do it out of sheet metal?
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I dunno, prob a lot more. There seems to be no probs with wood construction.

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When I sandblasted in the past, I would crank up the compressor to 100-110 psi. It worked for me.

Looks great, up2L8!
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Looks great. I'd cross brace the legs if there is any weight to it though.

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Looks great. I'd cross brace the legs if there is any weight to it though.
It's not even close to that heavy. It's plenty sturdy the way it is. The box itself gives the legs plenty of strength.

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