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Project by steliart posted 06-23-2013 02:12 PM 4059 views 35 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Homemade Self Cleaning Blast Gate

I needed a couple of blast gates that could fit onto the Y of my dust collector.
I did not want to use any of those plastic ones as they have problems in cleaning and leaking, so I decided to build my own.

The type I chose to build was the self cleaning type and the materials I used are:

14mm hardwood (one side deck) – very smooth hardwood surface on one side with MDF core and pine lamination on the outside. The same material was used to make the gate handles. A friend gave me a small stock of various decking cut-off pieces, so I use them accordingly.

5mm UPVC sheet was used for the gate’s self cleaning movable part.
I was so surprised how easy to slide is this material (open/close) and how airtight it sealed the gate. The tube hole cuts very easily on the drill press, also easy to be screwed.

2 pieces of pipe and you are done

Building them was so easy and fun. Now I have my made to measure blast gates that will fit nicely on my DC’s Y connector.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --





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GrandpaLen

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#1 posted 06-23-2013 03:58 PM

Nicely done, self cleaning and very solid construction.

Thanks for sharing.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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hotbyte

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#2 posted 06-23-2013 08:08 PM

Looks great!

What makes a blast gate self cleaning? Is it that the hole opens completely out of main body?

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steliart

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#3 posted 06-23-2013 08:15 PM

hotbyte, Yes, when the gate closes the part with the hole opening is coming out taking with it all the dust trapped on its edges, so everything inside the gate is now cleaned.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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Roger

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#4 posted 06-23-2013 08:39 PM

Good idea

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

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hotbyte

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#5 posted 06-23-2013 09:25 PM

Thanks! I need to make a few and will definately build to be self cleaning. Using the cheap plastic ones now.

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HillbillyShooter

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#6 posted 06-24-2013 12:43 AM

Beats the heck out of those plastic ones! Good Jo.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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mike1950

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#7 posted 06-24-2013 02:36 AM

Nice job. I need to make some.

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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CalgaryGeoff

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#8 posted 06-24-2013 05:28 AM

I like the project, nicely done and just in time, I might need to use this idea sooner than later. Thanks for the post.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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ldl

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#9 posted 06-24-2013 10:30 AM

This is a blast gate I made and later revised as my separator is on the corner of my assy table and I was afraid it would get broken off if not back supported. I also wanted it self cleaning.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/68929

Yours is prettier than mine though. Haa Haa. One day I will rebuild it. Naa probably not Haa Haa.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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steliart

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#10 posted 06-24-2013 02:56 PM

ldl
As they say “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” LOL
Your gate looks just fine

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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