Blast gate

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Project by ShopBuilt posted 12-24-2016 05:02 PM 1948 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to condense two blast gates to one because right now they inconvenient to open and close. having them together right next to the shop vac on/off switch, should make thing easier.
video on how i made them :

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#1 posted 12-24-2016 05:08 PM

Interesting idea.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 12-24-2016 05:42 PM

Dust collection is nonexistent in my workspace and something that I’ll be working on in the coming several months, so I love the ideas. Thanks for posting.

The video says that you have a shop vac providing the suction for your system. Is it some sort of really powerful one or is that not really needed? The one that I have says it is 3.5pHP (whatever ‘pHP’ means…) and I have a pretty small space. Any idea if that could possibly get the job done?


-- Stephen - Georgia

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#3 posted 12-24-2016 05:50 PM

If you can tolerate the noise, show vacs are
pretty acceptable for one machine. As long
as you keep the duct runs kind of short results
are pretty good with a vac, in my experience.

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#4 posted 12-24-2016 05:56 PM

Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 12-24-2016 09:29 PM

We have a way too spendy of system and it still only does a so-so job. I even use the “floor-sweeper” function running with other vacs too to get a sort of reasonable job of it.

The blast gate pair is a nice idea nand I may be modifying ours the same way, Thanks of the idea.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 12-24-2016 10:13 PM

Great idea. I to use a shop vacuum system with a mini-cyclone. Will be moving in near future and setting up a new shop so have to give you idea a try. Cheapguy82, “pHP” means peak horse power. The manufactures way of inflating their real HP ratings.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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