Build blast cabin: construction manual

Build blast cabin: construction manual: blast

In the Restoration of classic cars One must often paint metal parts to the pure sheet surface and rust. This is either very difficult with the grinder or, much easier, with a sandblast blower.

Sanding parts with a professional is quite costly, but it does the blasting process in itself no witchcraft. So if you already have a compressor in your workshop and frequently sandblast parts, you should think about building your own blast cabin. For less than 200 euros you get a practical and above all generous beam option, which is fully scalable and, moreover, stable and self-built.

This manual does not use specific dimensions; The reason for this should be the maximum adaptability of the blast cabin to individual needs. This is how the construction works according to the desired application, the space available or the installation location judge.

Material and tools


  • Screwdriver, cordless screwdriver or cordless drill / driver
  • jigsaw
  • Crosscut and miter saw, circular saw or jigsaw with angle adjustment
  • Ratchet with socket wrench or fork spanner
  • Hole saws or drills (for hose, glove and vents)
  • caulking gun


  • Chipboard or MDF boards for the outer housing, min. 19 mm thickness
  • Chipboard or MDF panels for catching box and lighting, 12 mm
  • Squared timbers for the substructure
  • Grating (basement cover or similar) made of steel
  • Plexiglas panes, thickness min. 5 mm for viewing window and lighting
  • PE discs to change
  • Industrial vacuum cleaner with reusable filter
  • Pneumatic gun with blasting attachment
  • Compressed air hose
  • Air Compressor
  • Refrigerator seal in length of the door
  • M8 hexagon screws for the door with matching wing nuts
  • M6 hex bolts for the glove leadthrough and the viewing window surround
  • M5 Phillips screws with nuts for hose passages
  • Metal rings, inner diameter 10 cm, ring diameter 2 cm for glove attachment
  • Rubber gloves, min. 80 cm long and min. 3 mm thick
  • Washers M20 for hose feedthroughs, 2 pieces
  • Fahrradschlauch
  • Wire mesh (2-3 mm mesh) for the vent
  • simple filter fleece
  • Wood screws for mounting the outer housing
  • Acrylic sealant for sealing housing and catching box
  • Fluorescent lamp with socket

Mount outer housing

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Door for blast cabin

First mount the outer housing based on our drawing. The goal is to be a stable, your size ideas adapted and above all dense wooden box. For very large blast cabinets, however, you must think about the need for multiple glove feedthroughs and possibly also use multiple viewing windows.

The door should be constructed according to your requirements: Depending on the probable size of the blasting material, this can be larger or smaller. In any case, the door must be dust and pressure tight. We therefore recommend the use of a refrigerator seal and for fixing, wing nuts. (see diagram).

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Blast cabin - construction manual

Fit inspection window

The viewing window has a double function:

  • Protection against flying blasting material, rust or peeling paint
  • To ensure a good view of the executing work.

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Fit inspection window for blasting cabin

Glass is not recommended as a material for reasons of fracture and thus injury Acrylic glass does not break and is easy to work. However, it reacts very easily to harder materials and therefore scratched quickly.

Around Here a cheap yet safe compromise To find the lens has two layers: A "thick" acrylic glass screen as a shield, the thin, cheap PE disc is presented. This is of course scratched when blasting, but can be easily and inexpensively replaced. Also useful would be the use of safety glass, which is not cheap and can only be edited with professional tools.

Build hose bushings yourself

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Hose guide

Elastic seals are essential for the reliable sealing of the passages of the pressure hoses; they must also be pressure- and dust-proof. The retailers sometimes have elaborate solutions - but these do not fit your needs and are quite expensive.

We therefore recommend a conceivably simple construction of a bicycle hose and two large washers - does not cost five euros! For right and left-handers, this can be easily mounted on both sides.

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view from above

Drill first a hole for the hose passage in the side wall, 15-20 mm should normally suffice here. Four holes are then drilled in the middle of the edge in two washers with a 10 mm wide edge and 20 mm inside diameter with a 5 mm HSS drill bit.

Then the bicycle hose is used: cut two pieces about 5 cm wide and press it flat. These two pieces are now clamped inside and out with the washers; the hoses are pierced to it. Finally, everything is screwed tight with four M5 screws and nuts.

For the hose feedthrough becomes crosswise a cut of about three millimeters set in the middle of the "rubber seal". Through this cut the compressed air hose is then forced with some effort; inside as well as outside. The rubber then contracts and keeps the interface dustproof and flexible at the same time.

Build glove ducts

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Glove duct for blast cabin

The glove feedthrough can be built comparatively simple: Saw two or, for larger cabins, several holes in the vertical front wall using a 10 mm hole saw. The gloves are now pushed through the holes. The 12 cm steel rings, each with four 8 mm holes for the screws provided, are plated on the front and back.

For fixation will the hand opening of the glove trapped in the outer metal ring. It must be stable and able to withstand strain - so try to make sure that the glove will come off in extreme and jerky movements in the blast cabin. For safety, you can also fix the glove with sealant or suitable adhesive in the holder.

Mount blasting material collector

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Blasting-collecting vessel

The catch box is, as shown in the picture, mounted with a bevelled bottom, so that the blasting material can collect over the opening of the vacuum cleaner connecting piece. Above the catcher box the grid is inserted, through which the blasting material falls into the catching box.

For a clean and dust-tight installation of the safety box We recommend a wood component adhesive and the subsequent sealing with sealant. This is also used to connect the vacuum cleaner tube airtight.

any Residues from the catcher can be removed by lifting the grille inside.

Install housing ventilation

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Ventilation with filter fleece

Even though Air is blown into the blast cabinet by the compressed air gun is, by the operation of the vacuum cleaner creates a negative pressure - the housing is finally (hopefully) perfect "tight."

Saw with the hole saw, you also used for the glove bushings, a hole in the lid of the blast cabin. Then screw on the fine-meshed wire mesh from below and above, in the middle a piece of filter fleece is inserted. Even with aufwirbelndem blasting occurs in this way (by the fleece) no dust in the ambient air.

Put on the lighting

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Lighting for sand blasting cabin

The Illumination of the blast cabin is quick and easy to build: Build a simple box from the 12 mm chipboard, in which the fluorescent tube is mounted on the lid from the inside. The cable goes through the side.

In the lid of the blast cabin now saw a rectangular hole, about 3 cm less tall and wider than the fluorescent box lid. Now cut the second acrylic sheet appropriately, with one centimeter of protrusion, for the opening and glue it firmly to the edges with sealing compound. Then the light box is simply loosely attached and the lamp connected - the lighting is ready.

Pressure test and commissioning

Everything ready? Then you can dare a test run - before that, however, the pressure test should be carried out. Close all openings of the blast cabin and cover the ventilation opening by hand. Now turn on the nipple - at full power.

When everything is tight, feel a strong suction on the palm, and the gloves will be pulled inwards. If there is nowhere whistling or whistling, the cabin is actually tight.

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