We got tired of lifting large rocks over the edge of our previous cabinet. Some of the rocks would not fit, and had to be reduced in size.
Solution: Build our own custom cabinet for blasting address stones, and be able to do the small plaques, candles, etc.
Here are the photos of the build. I used a 7.25 inch circular saw. Material was 3/8 inch chip board, reinforced with 1x2 boards.
I used 4 inch nails, and wood glue to hold the cabinet together, then additional shorter nails and wood glue for the 1x2 reinforcements.
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My idea was to build two frames from 2x4s and one holds the hopper and the other holds the cabinet. When finished, we will put the
top frame onto the bottom frame and use 4 inch deck screws to hold the two pieces together.
I added a hole on the top for the light, a hole for the "window" and two arm holes. Then I primed all the pieces.
I then painted the exterior Apple Red, and the inside of the hopper and cabinet with gloss white.
I found a 48 inch piano hinge, cut it down to 40 inches. I flattened the hopper opening, and made a trap door that closes with a bungee cord.
I used a door closer on each side to keep the top from going too far over.
I made two interior racks. One for address stones, and the other I will use for smaller objects like candles and coasters.
I had wheels on it at first, but removed them to make the cart even with the blasting rack. Put some "hooks" to put the blast nozzle hose away while the top is open.
I also changed the frame for the "window" to a wood picture frame. I can now use inexpensive 11x14 picture frame glass for the window, and easily replace them when they are scratched.
I use a Dust Deputy behind the cabinet, and it connects to my dust collector, which is outside the shop.
Now it is easy to slide a stone in the cabinet, and when done, slide it back onto the cart. From the cart it goes to the "Paint wagon".