Picture of DIY Sandblast Cabintet

     A sandblaster can be a useful tool in many types of projects. It can be used to remove rust or paint from metal, or to create custom etchings on glass and other materials. A sandblasting cabinet is essentially a box that is used to contain and collect the blasting medium (which can be anything from fine sand to glass beads and even walnut shells). A cabinet is not essential to the sandblasting process, but it is very useful for reducing clean up and making it possible to reuse the blast medium.

     I use sandblasting mostly for etching glass and stainless steel, and my setup is very simple. It consists of a small air compressor and a simple, inexpensive kit to adapt the compressor for sand blasting. The kit is nothing more than a nozzle attachment with a trigger and a rubber hose used to siphon the medium (multipurpose sand that I sifted through a metal screen) from a bucket. That set up worked just fine for my needs, but I wanted a way to recycle the sand so I did not have to make so many trips to the hardware store to get more. Also, finding sand in my hair and pockets was getting a little annoying as well. I decided I wanted a cabinet to add to my setup, but I wanted to make it my self, partially to save money and partially to keep up the diy/make-shift theme I had going while also practicing my newly acquired welding skills.

In this instructable I will show you how I made my sandblast cabinet from conception/design to use of the final product.

davidags2 years ago
Hi , can you please post the cad drawing with the measurements.
Raigmoul3 years ago
Hey drumbum,
Good instructable.
Just wondering, for those of us without welding experience / equipment, could this be done using wood instead? Might help with cost as well :-b
I've dabbled with sandblasting previously, do not like the clean up afterwards.
Is this doable do you think?

I was thinking the same thing Raigmoul. I was worried about cost and ease of assembly. My idea was to cover the the interior sections with flashing material prior to final assembly. I even thought of brazing the joints after assembly to make it more airtight. I also thought I would make an angled bottom or "funnel" bottom that led to a vacuum port for the shop vac. Then placing some steel grating inside as a "floor" which gives a solid surface to work on but allows blasting material through to the vac.

But great Instructable. This has been one that I have considering myself for a few months now but never able to get around to.
drumbum11 (author)  Raigmoul3 years ago
Thanks, and yes that sounds doable to me. The only thing that I would be worried about though is how well the wood would stand up to being blasted with sand. It might require something on the inside to protect the wood, but other than that im sure it would work fine.
AWESOME! also in your revision with the stand, you sould add a funnel system to collect the used sand in a bucket, or even the one you are spraying from. make a looped system maybe?
drumbum11 (author)  desertsniper3 years ago
Yep thats exactly what I was thinking as well
If you are going to add a funnel be sure to ALSO add a screen to filter out large chunks of rust/paint (or filter separately before reusing)- otherwise you will clog your sand blaster.
The link following this is to a catalog page. TP Tools sells sandblasting equipment and other stuff and this is the page for the build it yourself sandblast cabinet plans and kits made of two sheets of plywood. very good stuff.

DRH14693 years ago
Can you edit the name to be: DIY you said DYI. Besides that nice ible ;)
drumbum11 (author)  DRH14693 years ago
No its actually a "Do-Yourself-It" project.....haha just kidding. Thanks for catching that.
Just voted for it in the metal challenge and rated it 5 stars
drumbum11 (author)  DRH14693 years ago
Awesome! Thank you!