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Project by charlie posted 08-17-2018 11:44 PM 1060 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

From this guide: https://www.popularwoodworking.com/article/dovetailed-dustpan-forget-plastic-or-metal-pans

I don’t know why plastic dustpans are so expensive and don’t last at all. It’s unnecessarily wasteful. So today’s project was making a dustpan out of wood using hand tools.

Poplar, pine and hardboard (plus oak wedge).

Axle and handle were faceted with a jack plane, followed by a smoothing plane.

I don’t own a lathe – yet – so I manually pared down the tenons with a spokeshave.

My dovetails still look a bit rubbish but they’re the most effortless I’ve ever done. Each joint was fit in less than 20 minutes, whereas before, I’d be paring for hours because my sawing was so bad.

-- unplugged in NZ





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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 08-18-2018 12:12 AM

Looks like that’ll do the job! I like making dustpans, and they’re super-popular among friends and neighbors. And relatively easy to make.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#2 posted 08-18-2018 02:28 AM

Nice work. Very handy in the shop.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#3 posted 08-18-2018 06:40 PM

This is a very creative dust pan. Nice work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#4 posted 08-18-2018 07:24 PM

That’s next level dust collection

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#5 posted 08-18-2018 11:35 PM

It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it. Cool dust pan.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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charlie

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#6 posted 08-19-2018 12:28 AM

Looks like my neighbours all want one now. Awesome gifts I reckon, and more dovetail practice for me! Everybody wins!

-- unplugged in NZ

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#7 posted 08-19-2018 12:23 PM

Indeed. I’m going slow in making them as gifts, but I’ve also decided that I’m going to “fancy them up” on any future dustpans I make. Add carving or other details. I’ll probably work on a supply of carved sides and tops between other projects now, and then do an assembly spree closer to Christmas.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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charlie

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#8 posted 08-19-2018 10:41 PM

@dave I love the idea that something so “mundane” can have such detail work. Great idea to do carving on them.

-- unplugged in NZ

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