Blast Gate Manifold for Vac Hoses - Popular Woodworking Magazine

Blast Gate Manifold for Vac Hoses

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In my small shop, I use a shop vacuum to collect dust from several tools. To cut down on the need to swap hoses, I built this manifold with two blast gates. Now I transfer suction with a flip of my wrist.


To make the box, I drilled holes for the hoses and rabbeted the box sides for the 1/8-in. blast gates. After cutting the end pieces to match the rabbets, I glued the box together on a long backplate for wall-mounting. I made blast gates from scraps of plastic, but hardboard would work just as well. To make the wooden handles, I sawed a kerf in an oversize blank, cut the handles from the blank and drilled holes for the screws. 







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