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Old 02-11-18, 12:46 AM   #1
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New Sandblaster

Here's the start of my story about my new sandblaster. Both the story and cabinet are not complete, but should be so soon. Here's a tease. I'll add more text and photos as I get them together over the next week as I do. Andy (watching Olympic speed skating, wow that's cool)






Iíve wanted a sand blaster for years. When I learned tobuild we had a hand help pot and we blasted either in a back hall/closet or onthe shop rooftop. Both left a lot to be desired. There have been otheropportunities. The 6 months at Cyclery North, Doug Fatticís shop and thehandful of basting for hires Iíve paid way too much for. Each time the speed ofthe cleaning was addicting.


As Iíve aged my tolerance for sanding, scraping, scratchingaway at corners and blind sockets has gotten less so I finally decided to dosomething about it. A critical part is the umph, the compressor. For a decentand efficient blasting the air supply needs to be up to the task, blastingisnít like driving nails. After I moved back to Rochester I found out that my brotherin law, whoís a contractor and sculptor, has a big unit that he uses forpneumatic chiseling of the stone or wood. He agreed to let me house a cabinetin his workshop/garage, itís only a mile away so is very convenient.

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Very cool Andy! I look forward to seeing this evolve, as well as tips/info on your blasting techniques once its up and running. The compressor: two stage? hp?

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It lives! (said in the best Egor voice). I blasted a painted drop out and some bare frame building bits today. It seemed that the glass bead isn't as aggressive as what I've used before ("sand"), it left a shinier surface too. I don't know the bead size, the bag's label is quite abraded... looked like pretty tiny beads to me. I'll get some known AlO media, maybe 60 grit, and learn that.


I took a bunch of photos today of the finished aspects of the assembly that I didn't do during it. I was going to edit/combine more of the photos and text today but my computer said otherwise. Andy
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Compressor: two stage? hp?

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Brian- The compressor is a vertical tank Dayton 120V from 15+ years ago. Peter says it's the largest/most HP that a 120V allowed for back then. I'll take more info off it's plate when I next use it.


I've used a number of compressors and a few sandblasters over the years. This set up is looking to be the among the nicest siphon units I've set my hands on. Doug F's pressure pot system is far nicer as it should be as it's likely 5+x the cost. Andy (who today started on another two frames. And that's what these tools are all about, making stuff).
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Jealous of that sandblaster. I don't really have the space for one
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