I'm considering building a sand blast gun and wonder if anyone has ever done
it. Any tips appreciated. I'm turning a 55 gallon drum into a blasting
Roger in Vegas
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Yep, done this a while back and its been one great piece of equipment
in my small home shop. I origianllly used a cheap import gun and
pickup tube, but have since bought and installed a Tip Tools gun and
tube, and the performance has increased dramtically.
Those PVC toilet bowl flanges used to munt a toiltet to a floor are
just about right for flanges to mount your goves on in the cabinet if
you don't have to big of hands. You could always rollem out of sheet
metal as well. I have some pics and some notes on mine on my website
on the Projects PAge.
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Done one in a 55 gallon drum and it worked well for what it was. Gun was
modified from a one with a can underneath to a pipe pickup from the
bottom of the drum. I fitted a conical collector at the bottom to catch
the sand. I had some problem with pulsing of sand that didn't get
resolved before the cabinet was retired. Window was from a van back
door. Needed some sort of protection as it got frosted in use.
Ultimately it got replaced with a booth 8ft wide x 3ft deep x 4ft high.
I needed to do a 6 ft car wing and other things. This had 4 hand ports
with elasticated cuffs. You put your gloved hands into these and they
sealed well. When not in use they hung done and stopped dust coming back
out. The window was about 2ft pallet wrapping film held on with magnetic
strip. The film was cheap and easily replaced but did take a static
charge and so some dust stuck to it. On a small booth maybe use a glass
window but put film over it to stop the grit. If you can get it at a
good price I have seen a professional booth with a glass window and very
fine wire mesh to stop the grit. You would not have known the mesh was
there unless you focused on it as it was that fine. this current big
booth is collapsible as well so takes up about 8ft x 3ft x 6 inch when
not in use. The gun was from the original booth but after extended use
the steel nozzle wore away. I have a new gun with carbide nozzle but
haven't needed the booth since so its not been fitted.
Roger Hull wrote:
Yes, I bought one of TP Tools' cabinet kits for my "homebrew" and used
it for several years... more recently I bought one of their complete cabinet
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