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Sand Blasting Booth - Modified

Postby planecrazzzy » Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:18 pm

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I bought a Blasting Cabinet from HF.... Seems to be worth the money...

Search for discount coupons and it's a real deal.

I'll post some pictures of the assembly... yes , it's all in PIECES !!!!
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Stickers not included...

The Cabinet comes with a Light inside...

and a place to hook up a Vacuum hose.

I ended up putting it on a piece of plywood and 4 wheels...

Something else I modified right away... I put "insert nuts" in place

of the top glass frame hardware... The nuts stay in place if I need to replace

the plastic or glass after it gets "pitted" from blasting...
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Gotta Fly...
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Re: Blasting Cabinet

Postby planecrazzzy » Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:43 pm

Modification on the screening of the blasting material...

At first, When I saw the lower flap on the Hopper... I figured it was

for changing "medium" or emptying it when not in use... ( Dry ? )

anywho, I was reading "Reviews" at HF... and I noticed a lot of people talking about

dumping the material to clean it.... Or others , talking about how to "Unclog" the gun...

That's when I thought about it... at times , your going to get flakes of crap "off" whatever

your blasting... it's gonna fall into your sand/medium... and get caught in your

pick-up tube or jam the nozzle ...

So I put window screen under their screen... it filters it at the surface...

Later , I will add a HEAVIER screen on top... I heard complaints their

main screen was too weak.... I'll be careful til then.

Here's a couple pictures of the screens
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Re: Blasting Cabinet

Postby planecrazzzy » Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:52 pm

More Modifications...

The cabinet is pretty good size... But blasting a long tube ain't gonna happen...

I thought about this modification at the beginning.... But I thought I'd wait...

As it is... I'm glad I waited... To see WHERE the holes should be...

It was easier to see with my hands in the gloves , and holding the blaster...

This let me know I needed it further towards the back than I would have thought...

Just more room to operate...

I figure a hole 4 inches was going to be big enough... Tubes will fit easy...

and I figured this would allow the lift struts to fit also.
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Here's some pictures of lay-out and the process of cutting the holes ...

After getting a general area to cut the holes... I looked at the plastic door to cut

it without weakening it...

After I cut and cleaned the hole... I added some expanding foam...

This wasn't for strength... the door is strong... it's to keep sand from filling into it...

I used a strip of cardboard to minimize the foam used...

I have to let it dry before I trim it clean.
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Re: Blasting Cabinet

Postby planecrazzzy » Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:59 pm

I used some tape to hold the foam in place while it dried...

and I laid out the opposite side...

I used a drill to cut the 4 inch holes on both sides...

Then cleaned them up with a drum sander...

Hey... it's what I had at the time...

Also... Cutting the metal this way didn't burn the paint...

and it ended up a clean finish.
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Re: Blasting Cabinet

Postby planecrazzzy » Thu Mar 13, 2014 8:20 pm

As you can see... The Lift strut is "Through" the Blasting Cabinet...

I covered the edge of the metal to prevent scratching on the tubes being blasted...

I used a plastic material I have saved from work , used to protect Band Saw Blades...

They put it over the teeth on the bigger blades... I've used this stuff on several things...

in the last picture... you can see I used it on my Roller Cover , it's edge...

You "could" use a plastic tube... Just slice it...
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. PS I'll just add , When I'm blasting long parts... I'll just cover the hole area with rags...

maybe wrap them around the tube... to get a good seal so the vacuum cleaner can do it's job

of clearing the dust in the air for better visibility...
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Re: Blasting Cabinet - Modified

Postby planecrazzzy » Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:56 pm

Ok... next day... The Foam is dry...

I trimmed it... and put some Duct tape on it...

It doesn't have to be pretty... as long as it's functional...

Now I just need to make plugs to fit both holes...

That shouldn't be to hard to find or make...

either a can or whittle on some wood...
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Re: Blasting Cabinet - Modified

Postby planecrazzzy » Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:59 pm

Hmmm,
Right Diameter...too long...

Looks like a Can might be the answer...
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Re: Blasting Cabinet - Modified

Postby planecrazzzy » Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:00 pm

Ok... Finishing up this Mod...

I found stuff to Cap Off the Holes...

They fit good... Suction is being used during operation...

So they don't need to be real tight...

I used a couple plastic lids...

and the same pieces that were cut out , are used like big washers.

I sandwiched "Foam" in between...

The red helps "Blend" with the cabinet...

and the other side "Blends" after painting it with Black "Wrinkle Paint"
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Here's pictures of the Plugs.

I have thick foam where the Door is Thick,

and a thinner foam for the other side panel...
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Re: Blasting Cabinet - Modified

Postby planecrazzzy » Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:23 pm

Hey Guys,

Hmmm, What to do with this BULKY box in the Shop...

Well , after staring at it... I thought it was shaped like a "print" station...

and since my print holder from my other shop wasn't set up yet...
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(see my "Trick" print holder of past)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsLD46hnM6M

I decided to convert my Stainless Sheet metal w/lip to fit the Cabinet...

Pretty easy after I thought about it... I took off the Hinges...

and used those holes to screw a board on it... Done.

Now, the cabinet is used as a print station... and the prints keep the Dust off the

top of the cabinet...
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Gotta Fly...
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PS Plus , I had already put the Blasting Cabinet on a Board with Wheels...

It gives me a Lower Shelf and... it rolls out of the way...or "out" during Blasting...
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