|Project by steliart||posted 06-23-2013 02:12 PM||37827 views||49 times favorited||11 comments|
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