We Made a $5 Sandblaster

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10:30   |   Dec 02, 2018


We Made a $5 Sandblaster
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  • [Captions by Y Translator] In today's video,
  • we're taking a look at how to make a DIY sandblaster
  • that you can use to etch glass, mark steel,
  • or engrave wood.
  • [Music]
  • Hi guys, I'm Nate.
  • I'm Calli.
  • And today, we've got a pretty cool project.
  • So sandblasters are thing that take high pressure air,
  • and drops sand into the air stream,
  • and so the sand gets blasted out at high speeds,
  • and the sand is really hard.
  • It's usually made of things like quartz,
  • and so those are very good at etching pretty much anything.
  • You can carve into steel,
  • you can carve in a glass, you can carve into wood.
  • Unfortunately,
  • sometimes sandblasters can be pretty pricey.
  • Today, we're showing you
  • how to cut that down to about five or six dollars,
  • and just a few tools.
  • And from what you've explained to me,
  • sand can be incredibly abrasive and sometimes scratch areas
  • that you don't want scratch.
  • So what are the other supplies that were using?
  • Well, in addition to the sandblaster itself,
  • we're going to show you how to do some DIY masking techniques.
  • Sometimes using materials as simple as duct tape.
  • I'm also going to warn you that this project does require
  • owning an air compressor.
  • So we've got a large air compressor with a big tank,
  • and that's what we're going to be using.
  • But everything other than the compressor
  • itself is very cheap and easy to get.
  • The idea is pretty simple.
  • A drink bottle will be filled with sand,
  • which will feed into a hole
  • that we're going to add into our air gun.
  • The sand will be pushed out by air at high speeds,
  • and carve into whatever we're pointing it at.
  • To start off,
  • the main thing that we're going to need is this airgun.
  • Now, I got this one at Harbor Freight.
  • It cost five dollars,
  • and it's already a pretty good start.
  • We just need to make one quick modification to it,
  • and then we'll be ready to start using it.
  • Do you guys know
  • what sound does semi-automatic meow-chine gun makes me?
  • Here, our airgun is actually attached to our hose,
  • and so we can spray air out of it nicely.
  • Now, we need to modify it
  • so it actually shoots sand instead of air,
  • and of course, once there's sand in it,
  • never ever pointed at a person.
  • Air is negotiable.
  • Calli's making quick work of the drink bottle.
  • We need this bottle empty,
  • and then we'll rinse it and dry it out.
  • Our bottle is now empty and dried out.
  • I'm just going to take an exacto knife,
  • and I'm going to cut this little ring off.
  • Now if we put the cap on,
  • we can see that between the cap and this lip,
  • there is enough space for the air gun nozzle to fit,
  • and that's exactly where we want to drill a hole.
  • With this particular nozzle,
  • we're using a 3/16 inch drill bit.
  • [Music]
  • There we go.
  • We can see that the bottle now fits onto the end.
  • But before we put it on all the way,
  • we actually need to do a little bit more modification.
  • We need to make sure
  • that the sand is going to feed into this,
  • just the way we want.
  • What we need to do now is take a file and cut
  • a small rectangular hole into the metal tube,
  • and that's what the sand is going to feed into.
  • Our bottle will be attached upside down with the cap
  • on full of sand,
  • but we're not just going to cut a hole in the tops
  • so the sand falls in,
  • we actually don't want that much sand going in.
  • What we want to do is cut a hole in the bottom of the tube
  • so that the sand is drawn in by the force of air passing by.
  • There we go.
  • We've now carved a hole down into that metal tube.
  • And as you can see, it's on the bottom,
  • so all the sand will feed down through the bottle,
  • and get pulled in by the air rushing through the tube.
  • Now we've got our plastic bottle,
  • and if you look at the bottom,
  • you can see the hole that we carved into the metal tube.
  • And at this point,
  • we are just about ready to fill this thing up with sand
  • and give it a little test.
  • We're going to take a look at the two types of sand
  • that we're going to be trying out,
  • and I got to say,
  • I've used both of these before,
  • and they do both work.
  • So first we just have playground sand.
  • This is about the cheapest stuff you can get,
  • I think it's like three dollars and fifty cents for a bag of it.
  • It's--
  • I mean, it's just what you think of when you think of sand.
  • This is industrial quartz sand.
  • It's all pretty uniform in size, which is pretty nice.
  • And this is actually my favorite stuff to use.
  • Now, like I said, you can use the playground sand,
  • but sometimes,
  • there are larger little rocks and bits in it.
  • So if you're going to use it,
  • I recommend running it through a sieve or strainer,
  • and just save all of the finer grit sand.
  • Everything that comes through the sieve,
  • you should be just fine to use.
  • But the reason that we want to do this is these larger rocks
  • won't always fit through the hole
  • that we carved into the bottom of the metal tube,
  • and they can get in there
  • and then jam it up, and then your whole thing will get stuck,
  • and it's pretty hard to clean out.
  • So you definitely want to run it through a sieve
  • if you're going to be using the playground sand.
  • This sand, it really doesn't matter
  • because as I said,
  • it's pretty much all the same size.
  • There might be some larger grains,
  • but for the most part,
  • you can see it all just goes right through the sieve.
  • I'm just going to take some of this quarzt sand,
  • and fill our bottle about halfway.
  • So right now, it's just shooting out air.
  • The sand isn't going to get to the gun.
  • But if I turn this upside down,
  • it now can start feeding the sand into the gun.
  • When it's under high pressure,
  • you can't really see it very well.
  • I mean obviously, you can see it some,
  • and I'm turning it upside down
  • because if it gets too low of pressure,
  • then all of the sand gets sprayed out.
  • It's kind of wasteful on the sand,
  • so usually, I'm spraying--
  • I just like to turn it over before I stop
  • so I don't just have a lot of wasted sand.
  • This sand is really sharp and really hard,
  • and it's going to be moving very quickly and bouncing back
  • toward me off of whatever it is I'm sandblasting,
  • so I need to have a lot of personal protection equipment.
  • I'm not just gonna use glasses,
  • but I'm actually going to use this full face mask, and then,
  • while I'm using sand in this,
  • I'm also going to be using a respirator,
  • because of the sand can break and create dust,
  • and I don't want to be breathing any of that in.
  • We're not using a sand blasting cabinet here.
  • It's just out in the open, so I'm going to have
  • a respirator as well as the facemask,
  • and I'm going to be wearing thick leather gloves.
  • [Music]
  • You can see how much that sand has really marked up the glass.
  • This is permanent.
  • This isn't something that's going to wash off.
  • The sand actually chipped away tiny tiny bits of the glass,
  • leaving the surface rough like this.
  • Something you can absolutely feel as well as see.
  • This just feels kind of like a rough sandpaper
  • or ceramic at this point.
  • It's unlikely that most people are going
  • to want to put a freehand random design onto a cup.
  • So now we're going to take a look at
  • how we can make a mask for this, and it's pretty simple.
  • It just involves duct tape.
  • We've now taken the duct tape
  • and we've masked off pretty much the whole cup,
  • which is just what we want,
  • because now, we can cut the design that we like
  • out of this part here,
  • and only that part will get engraved.
  • How you make your mask is up to you.
  • We're just using some paper, some duct tape,
  • and exacto knives.
  • If you have access to a vinyl cutter,
  • you might be able to make some pretty fancy designs.
  • [Music]
  • Using a sandblaster on wood can create a really
  • cool-looking effect that you've probably seen before,
  • without even really knowing what it was.
  • When you mask off your letters or design,
  • and then sandblast the rest,
  • it really brings out the grain of the wood
  • because the softer parts of the would get eaten away faster,
  • and the harder parts in the grain stay behind.
  • There are a few things we need to change however.
  • The wood, while softer is also much bouncier,
  • and it has a harder time
  • being eaten away the same way that the glass and the metal do.
  • So we need to turn up the pressure
  • on our sandblaster by quite a bit.
  • However, when we do that,
  • it has a tendency to eat right through the duct tape,
  • so we can't use that as a mask.
  • Instead of the duct tape,
  • we're going to be using something much thicker.
  • This is shower pan liner.
  • It's designed for going underneath your shower
  • in the bathroom to prevent
  • any humidity or leaked water from getting into the wood.
  • It's a pretty thick rubber,
  • and it comes in these big whole sheets.
  • You buy it by the foot.
  • This whole sheet, 1 foot of it,
  • was I think about three dollars and fifty cents,
  • somewhere around there,
  • and this is enough to do a lot with.
  • To attach this,
  • we're going to prep the wood surface by sanding
  • it nice and smooth,
  • and then I'm going to use just some spray adhesive on the back
  • of our cutout design on the rubber,
  • and attach that to the wood.
  • When your sandblasting wood,
  • you are going to need a much higher pressure.
  • For the glass and steel, we had it between 20 and 40 PSI.
  • We want a lot more than that for the wood.
  • Now, it's at between 80 and 100 PSI.
  • [Music]
  • That's amazing.
  • To make it a little bit easier to carve into,
  • we did use base wood.
  • That's something you can just pick up pretty much
  • any hobby store.
  • It's not too expensive,
  • and it does an easier job of carving all the way
  • around than some other things.
  • But this pine 2x4 actually worked out pretty nicely too.
  • I really like how it brought the grain out,
  • and it's interesting.
  • It didn't just leave like stripes in it.
  • It's actually sort of a tiered stair-step effect.
  • What level of difficulty would you say this project is?
  • I mean, if you have an air compressor,
  • not at all.
  • This is pretty cool, and the fact
  • that you can engrave and etched glass, steel,
  • and wood is really neat.
  • Hey guys, you've probably noticed that since we introduced
  • Calli in our Captain America shield video,
  • every new video has had secret codes,
  • and graphic glitches,
  • and other secret elements hidden into it.
  • Keep track of what you see,
  • and the timestamps of when you see it.
  • We've got some big prizes to give away,
  • and finding the codes might make you our next winner.

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