It’s been a long while since I shared a project, but I just referenced the blast gates I made in another thread, so I thought I’d show it from another angle, along with the power switch box for the dust extraction…
The blast gate is melamine boards with channels cut to accommodate the plywood frame that holds the aluminium sheet. The gates (there are three, so far, with two more coming in the future, as we set up additional tool stations) are fixed to the wall using plywood brackets. Everything except the sign on the front was designed in Sketchup, then cut on the XCarve. The sign is wenge inlaid in oak, and was designed in Aspire.
The box is a simple ash-veneered square box with holes cut for power in, power out, and the buttons. The front of the box is oak with wenge in-laid words and arrow (the border is simply stained). The frame around the buttons is stained oak. The front cover was designed in Aspire and the button frame was designed in Easel.
(Yes, we know the fonts don’t match on the blast gate and the power button box… we realized far too late to fix it, so we live with it.)