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Yesterday I wrote about my dream media blaster, and our friend Joel Miller — an industrial designer from NYC that we met when he built a couple of awesome Guitar Hero controllers for the same charity we did a while back — posted a picture of his to the photo pool.  Thanks, Joel, for sending me back to reality; this is totally the kind of rig I need. 

My favorite part: the stand.  Why pay $300 for a steel stand that you can make from $10 worth of lumber and $4 worth of screws from Lowe’s?  Though I’d probably fire up the welder and build one from the tons of 16-gauge 1″ square tube we keep around the shop — you’ll notice that most of our projects are built from it — there’s nothing in the world wrong with using wood.

For those who missed it, Joel also joined in on yesterday’s thumbs up post to DIYers who work without trucks, posting some photos of his Beetle loaded for battle.

If you get a chance, check out all the other great photos in the pool — or maybe join and add your own.

Toolmonger’s Photo Pool [Flickr]
Joel’s Site [jmillerid.com]

 

3 Responses to From The Flickr Pool: A Realistic Media Blaster Goal

  1. KMR says:

    Harbor Freight has a very decent blast cabinet that measures ~36x24x24 and with a large tappered hopper below and steel legs. They routinely run them on sale for $200, and if you wait to get a 10% or 15% off coupon, you can get one for as low as $170. Works great, we have two in my shop… one filled with 80 grit glass bead and the other filled with 100 grit aluminum oxide.

  2. Jim says:

    Much nicer than my last blasting cabinet which I built from scrap wood, some leftover flashing, a pair of heavy duty gloves and some spare lexan that was lying around my workplace. Hmm… now that I think about it, I miss that cabinet I may just have to build another (or better yet buy one of these.

  3. Jim says:

    Thinking about this a bit more I became curious as to what other designs people had used to build their own cabinet. My favorite one is here: http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=143854

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