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.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
These are the tools and materials that I used in making my cabinet. There are certainly better ways to do some of the things I have done (some of which I will mention along the way), but this is how I did it with the resources available to me.
- 4' x 4.5' sheet of 16 gauge steel (0.0598" thick)
- 2' of 1/8" angle iron
- 2 steel door hinges (plus fasteners)
- handle (plus fasteners)
- MIG welder
- Oxy acetylene torch
- Circular saw
- Press brake
- Slip roll
Note: Some of the tools above are not pictures of the actual tools I used, but I tried to find pictures that look as close to the ones I used as possible (and sources are cited).