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Shop Made Blast Gate...Could be wood.

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Project by DaveTPilot posted 02-12-2013 02:59 AM 2348 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago, I purchased a 4×8 sheet of ABS plastic. I had some crazy idea about making my own motorcycle seats. That was a total bust but the plastic has proved to be a very valuable asset in my shop. I used it to make my blast gate for my table saw and many other applications.

I needed to make some more blast gates for my new shop so I again turned to my ABS. The photos show one of the gates attached to my HF jointer. I modified the “dust shoot” to make a real dust collection system. The blast gate completed the system.

I made the gates as the “self-cleaning” type. The only way to go, IMHO. I have made these style gates from wood as well but it’s pretty neat to make them from plastic.

The pipe is drainage pipe from HD or Lowes, (the same I use for my whole DC system.) The ABS was already black so I painted the green drainage pipe with spray paint…just because.

The last picture is to remind everyone about the dangers of that evil little tool. It is easy to forget that the dangerous part of this setup extends far beyond the drill bit.

Submitted for your approval…Exhibit A: Cut right through the nail.

“Be careful out there.” (Remember the show that line came from?)

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette www.pilotwoodworks.com





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Hawaiilad

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#1 posted 02-12-2013 03:06 AM

I was really enjoying your post until that last picture…..I have to say I have only done that one time in all these years….oh little things but nothing like yours. Had a friend that reached for something on the table saw (that was not supposed to be running)....they sewed back the four fingers but he lost one and the others help but that’s about it. So what does he do after coming home from the Hospital…yep into the shop to play.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 02-12-2013 04:16 AM

Dave,

That’s a wicked finger cut! The circle cutter was the culprit, I guess… Sorry… BUMMER, shame… hope it heals quickly.

Right now, I just move a hose connection to the machine in use… LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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mbs

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#3 posted 02-12-2013 05:15 AM

Ouch!

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 02-12-2013 05:23 AM

Nice modification.
As for that finger, that sucks.

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

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redryder

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#5 posted 02-12-2013 05:59 AM

I was really enjoying your post until that last picture…
Ditto…....
I have the store bought metal self cleaning gates and I find the infeed and outfeed tubes to be too short to easily attach the hose. Your build would allow for a better setup. I like it…..............

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 02-12-2013 06:22 AM

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#7 posted 02-12-2013 11:57 AM

good ole ‘hill street blues’. when i was a kid, my favorite part was when during the opening, the cop car does a fish tail coming around a corner. Was a good show though!

Ouch on the finger, could have been worse I suppose. Heal fast!

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#8 posted 02-12-2013 01:57 PM

Just one more thing…...

-- Tim Harrelson

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#9 posted 02-12-2013 02:32 PM

Ouchee. A good reminder. Glad it wasn’t any worse for you

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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