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    hi guys,
    found this tip that helped me,so i hope it can help some of you to rig up your own cabinet. i will be making mine out of ply, thanks to help from tomg502001 & nonstick


    The blast cabinet is simple, you?ll need the following:

    1) a large cardbord box (about the size a 27? T.V. would come in) - Free
    2) a siphon sand blasting kit (gun, hose, nozzle etc...). PROD CY7003 Sandblast Kit $19.95
    3) a large coffee can - Free
    4) an old pair of pants - Free
    5) a pair of x-large platex gloves - $2
    6) a small piece of plexiglass (approx 5? x 10?) - hardware store.
    7) a garage trouble light
    a small shop vacuum or an old sock
    9) a bag of play sand $2.50
    10) some tie-wraps
    11) a roll of duct tape - every garage mechanic has some.

    Okay, here?s what you do.

    1) With the box sitting so that the top opens upward, locate the largest side and cut
    two arm holes in it about 4 to 6 inches above the bottom. The arm holes should be
    about 4 to 6 inches in diameter.
    2) Cut a square hole in the box for the plexiglass window. The hole should be slightly
    smaller than your piece of plexiglass.
    3) On the right or left side, cut a hole just big enough to insert the line from your
    compressed air source. The hole should be positioned about 3 inches from the bottom
    and towards the front. (This is hole ?A?)
    4) On the same side as #3 make a small hole about 2 inches from the top and
    towards the back of the box. (This is hole ?B?)
    5) On the opposite side from step #3, cut a 3 inch diameter hole about 2 inches from
    the top and 2 inches from the back of the box (This is hole ?C?)
    6) Cut the legs off the pants & put them on your arms. Then put on the platex gloves.
    7) Have a friend tape the end of the pant legs to the wrist of the gloves. Apply the
    tape as loose as possible.
    Put your arms in the arm holes of the box and have your friend tape the top of
    the pant leg to the outside of the box around the hole. Remove your arms from
    the gloves and arm holes.

    9) Tape the open end of the sock around hole ?C? or insert the nozzle of the shop
    vacuum here.
    10) Open the top of the box and tape the plexiglass around the square hole.
    11) Put the plug of the trouble light through hole ?B? from the inside and mount the
    light to the inside of the box. I used tie-wraps. Note: do not use anything over a
    40 watt bulb for safety reasons. DO NOT leave the light on when you are not blasting
    12) Fill the can with dry sand, and insert the siphon part of the blaster. Put the can
    in the box and run the air supply line in through hole?A?. Make the connection to
    the blasting gun, place the item you want to blast inside and close the box.
    13) Seal holes ?A? and ?B? with duct tape
    14) Start out with about 40 pounds of pressure for your first try then adjust the
    pressure to your needs later. DO NOT aim the blaster at the light source. Best to
    use outdoors and away from admirers. Wear goggles for an extra margin of safety.
    hope this helps someone in this great forum.
    regards DUKE.

  • #2
    Duke, i'm glad you're making one out of ply. Sorry i havnt gotten you pictures yet, it keeps escaping my mind. I just wrote myself a note, so i'll snap some tomorrow and send them your way. Thumbs up to being crafty.

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    • #3
      I made a cardboard box blast cabinet to do the rear axle housing for my street rod. They don't last, but will work for specific jobs. I lined the entire interior of the box with duct tape. This helps it last longer. Spring $5 for a bag of Black Magnum blasting grit instead of play sand, though. You're kind of splitting hairs (expense wise) on that one.

      Hemi-T

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      • #4
        I love my wood cabinets. Much easiar to make than metal, especially for those of you who don't do metal fabrication but have wood working tools(most of us have atleast a circular saw), much cheaper than buying one that large, much cheaper than buying sheet metal and they work just as well . I dont think i'll be trying the cardboard box one though, haha.

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        • #5
          another sterling set of ideas,Duke. Gotta love them low-buck/no-buck solutions to problems. Just shows what one can do when they get a spark of creation and add flavor to it all. Thanks for the post,bud......Russ

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          • #6
            Blast Cabinet

            Just an idea; since a blasting cabinet is best if sealed and the media is in a close-loop system, why not just get a chest Freezer. They are in the paper FREE all the time if you and a friend go move it. Once at home knock 2 or 4 glove holes in it, a nice long viewing window, air attachments, and some tension clasp locks to hold the top shut and your done? Right? Parts load in from the top. You could even make a rack to hold them off the bottom and put in a trap door for abrasive removal. Then if you want to get real industrious, find an ATV lift in the classifieds ($30-$50) and you can raise and lower the thing with an air to load heavier parts into it. Even from an ergonomics standpoint you can custom adjust the height to anyone using the cabinet. No more stooping to see in resulting in a sore back. Any thoughts?

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            • #7
              play sand is not good for your health

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              • #8
                if i didnt already have a big walk in blast cabinent i would use a freezer. never thought of it before but a very good box to convert. good idea
                Thier are only two real sports!
                boxing and auto racing
                all the rest are just games.

                Drive it like you stole it!

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                • #9
                  Re: sand blasting cabinet...relocated to tips n tricks section

                  Originally posted by 11111111
                  if i didnt already have a big walk in blast cabinent i would use a freezer. never thought of it before but a very good box to convert. good idea

                  man, that's a familliar looking avatar. You wouldn't happen to be B-man from TAC/PY Forums would you?? If so, It's Zippy here.
                  Last edited by Banditperformance; 06-11-2006, 06:43 PM.
                  Dan Pesonen
                  Bandit Powder Coat <<From Powder to Perfection>>
                  Forest Grove, BC Canada

                  Personal motto:
                  "If it ain't broke, modify somethin till it is"

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                  • #10
                    Re: sand blasting cabinet...relocated to tips n tricks section

                    if you have the time and a wire welder i made me cabinent out of a used wide 2 drawer filing cabinent that i picked up for free, i cut out the bottom and used the metal from the drawers to make the feed for the siphon, i used 2-- 4 inch pvc toilet flanges $8 that screwed into the front and hose clamped the $3 gloves on the inside. used the drawers to make the side door and a $10 piece of plexiglass for the front, cut a hole and bolted a piece of my shopvac hose to the side, i used 2x3's for the frame to set it on--free wood, got a $8 flourescent light from biglots, and a piece of expanded sheetmetal for the floor-- $12, it was cheap, came out good, works good and got to practice my welding at the same time.
                    Sonic Powder Coating
                    Sonic [email protected]

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                    • #11
                      Re: sand blasting cabinet...relocated to tips n tricks section

                      Just finished this a couple of weeks ago complete with water filter.
                      Got the freezer for free, (plus it has a metal liner) cost about $40 for the wood and PVC/bucket



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                        • #13
                          Re: sand blasting cabinet...relocated to tips n tricks section

                          Heh didn't realize this thread was so old.........

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                          • #14
                            Re: sand blasting cabinet...relocated to tips n tricks section

                            Bahahahah dude thats awesome, I wish I would of thought of something like this before buying a cabient from harbor freight.

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                            • #15
                              Re: sand blasting cabinet...relocated to tips n tricks section

                              thats looks awesome,but how do you reclaim your media

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