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Old 12-01-2019, 01:29 AM
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Hello Group,

I got a media blaster that was in need of fixing. The other thing was it was so tall (especially when I put it on wheels) that I would have had to stand on a apple box to use it let alone anyone shorter than 6' tall.
So I cut the base off and cut off 6" and then folded the edge to reweld it back onto the cabinet. I need it on wheels to shift things around the shop to maximize floor space use.

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Anyway thought I'd share the progress so far.





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Old 12-01-2019, 09:22 PM
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Thought I was the only one needing to do some customization on my beadblast cabinet...... Hope it turns out good, Chris.
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Old 12-02-2019, 01:04 AM
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Hi Cliffrod,

Yes it was too tall for anyone less than 6' tall to use. I cut the 6" off the top of the stand and it seems to be a good height. Will be working on it this coming weekend and the next few to get it ready for the next step which is reworking the interior of the cabinet as it has some surface rust. Then new gloves and the dust collection system, maybe I'll have it ready by XMas time when I have a few days off to make use of it for the first time.

I'll let you know how it comes out !

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Old 12-02-2019, 08:14 AM
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I wouldn't stress too much about interior rust. Get it running, blast it clean and change the beads. Paint won't last in there anyways. What are you planning for a vacuum system?


Mine is a full cabinet and quite old with unique features that may have been called innovative, but which would be better described not very well thought out....

The biggest problem is bottom cone/collector which is only sloped on three sides (f, l & r) instead of four. This makes for more accessible storage space underneath because the back of the cone in vertical/flat against the wall. But the reduced pitch of the front side traps a lot of beads and greatly inhibits drainage back down to the collector at the bottom. It wont be a quick project to deconstruct it and change the cone configuration, which is why it hasn't happened yet.

Hopefully posting this will be instructive to others thinking about building a cone like this. I wouldn't recommend it.
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Old 12-02-2019, 09:19 PM
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Hi Cliffrod,

Yes I'm sure you are correct about the inside and the rust. I thought that if I start with a clean box maybe it will not get any worse. The bottom cone on mine is 4 sided and actually uses a negative draft shoot into a cyclone dust collector that usually is mounted on the back of the cabinet. I'm building a seperate stand for it and the discharge filter of the blower for better floor space use and allowing me to better store it when not in use vs the collector on the back of the cabinet.

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Old 12-03-2019, 06:35 PM
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Did that cyclone come with the cabinet or was it designed for a different unit?
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Old 12-03-2019, 08:11 PM
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I added a Harbor Freight dust collector to my home built one. Big difference.
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Old 12-03-2019, 08:34 PM
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Hi,

For several years, I used a home made dust collector that's used a shop vacuum and a 5 gallon pale of water. The 5 gallon pale had a lid and two pipes for in and out. The pipe from the cabinet was below the water line and the pipe from the vac was above the water line. When the vac was on, it would draw the air from the cabinet, thru the water and the water would filter the dust. It worked well and kept the dust out of the shop and the vacuum.

I ended up with a different cabinet that came with a high quality vacuum system so the bucket filter went down the road with the old cabinet.

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Old 12-03-2019, 09:50 PM
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Hi Cliffrod,

It came with the cabinet. If you look at my first post, I included a manual picture of the system and what the company designed.

BT, the water idea is a good one, I may try that if my filter idea doesn't work as planned.
The water idea as I commented earlier does have a tendency to go sour or turning into pond smelling water, so that's why I'll try a dry filter after the cyclone for the discharge of the blower into a second drum with a filter first.
I'll definitely update this post when things are up and going, which might be a while with the holiday coming. I hope to take a few days off and work on it to get it up and running will see.

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