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Workshop Development #21: Better late than never, the shop built floor sweep installed pic...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 1261 days ago 1411 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This hot to cold to hot to cold weather has ended up leaving me feeling kind of under the weather…. So I spent some quality time with some hot tea and my pillow instead of shop time or posting pics here…

But there you guys go I promised to get a pic of the shop built floor sweep that I installed this weekend posted. It works pretty well, with a tendency to pull material from a good distance on the floor away from the opening. There is some large debris that got stuck under it because, well it was too wide to fit the 4” opening, no problem….

I will call this project a success, and move on down the line….

Those of you that are keen eyed observers may also notice I took the opportunity to reorganize my feather boards to advantage of what wall space I do have better. And yes those are stainless steel 102” CB whips with 6” springs. The mount point I was using on my truck’s toolbox wasn’t holding up at all well… I need to find a better place for it. (One and a spare). I mostly keep CB around to comply with 4×4 club rules. (All off road rigs in the club MUST have a 40 channel CB radio, mine is 40 with AM/SSB).

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 1260 days ago

I use my sweep a moderate amount. My biggest headaches are still the two big saws, although I have plans to upgrade the RAS dust collection, and the TS dust collection is a partially complete project….......waiting for the base for the project table to be done. The latter is a critical shop project with regard to housing the compressor and nail guns, and providing a safe base for my project table top with its slots, piers, etc. The saws throw sawdust in a corner furthest from my sweep, so I tend to just put the dust in a dust pan. Guess maybe I need another sweep…...huh.

Looks handy and well placed….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#2 posted 1260 days ago

My biggest sawdust headaches that are left are the sliding miter saw, the lathe, drill press, and hand held routing.

I am considering building a downdraft box for routing / sanding use to address that issue. The drill press I just haven’t tried yet, but I figure a simple port on an adjustable clamp of some sort should do the trick. The sliding miter saw might just have to be tolerated until I can build a proper folding miter saw bench. I have a decent hood design done in cardboard right now, but translating that to wood really should take place at the same time I get rid of the silly B&D stand… That leaves the lathe. I am clueless here. I haven’t even ever seen any more than half hearted attempts to collect dust at the lathe…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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NBeener

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#3 posted 1260 days ago

It LOOKS great.

Since I’ve never seen one in use … how well does it pick up heavier bits—say …. a small chunk of a pretty dense hardwood … that you feed to it ??

The words “gaping maw” come to mind …. ;-)

-- -- Neil

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dbhost

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#4 posted 1260 days ago

There were some approx 1.25” triangular 3/4” walnut that got sucked up no problem, LOTS of stringy hand plane shavings (which is really what this will be most useful for!), and it appears a very thin (about 1/16” x 5” 3/4” wide slice of plywood that just didn’t want to pass the 4” hole for some reason…

Yeah it works pretty well… It’s not that tall, so I keep the opening space fairly reasonable size wise, and it seems to do the trick.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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NBeener

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#5 posted 1260 days ago

Very cool. Thanks.

May I also offer—for consideration—a photoelectric eye (think: garage door opener) for curious, late-night mice ;-)

-- -- Neil

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dbhost

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#6 posted 1260 days ago

Only if it automatically turns the thing on and sucks them through the impeller…

Actually no rodent problems (any more). We did have an issue a few years back when the old airport behind us got turned into a subdivision, we have since added cats which seem to do a fabulous job of keeping the rodent population at bay…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 1260 days ago

d-Con. Don’t know what happens to the corpses….....but I never see live or dead mice anymore.

My DeDuster does wonders with hand held routing….......can’t even see the sawdust as it gets sucked up…......

To the shop…..................

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#8 posted 1260 days ago

De duster… Will have to check the archives now…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#9 posted 1259 days ago

Left you and Neil a further explanation of the crazy beast…....

http://lumberjocks.com/jbertelson/blog/18852#comment-927333

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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