66 Inches From My Workbench...

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Project by vakman posted 774 days ago 2939 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch where I sleep.

This means that I have to keep things preeetty clean.

After about nine months of using the same diagonally bisected raisin box as a dustpan, I decided to use some scrap stuff to make a more suitable replacement for a tool I use daily.

1/4” ply sides, masonite base, and riveted aluminum flashing for the leading edge. The flashing works great because it has a good amount of flex to it, so it makes good contact with the uneven hardwood floors I work on.

I conjured up a (for me) novel way to add ties to handles, because I don’t really like the tie extending from the sides of a handle through a single hole; they flop around and don’t stand to meet whatever dinged up nail you plan to hang it on. You could just cram the loop into the hole and glue it, but that’s P.I.T.A. bread when it comes to replacing it, so instead I drilled a hole, in the end of a handle, and a second smaller hole for a dowel through the handle. The tie loops around the dowel.

Nothing a like a useful shop project, right?

I post this not to say that this is the best way to make a dustpan, but to show that it’s pretty damn simple project that saves a few bucks and prevents the birth of one more plastic product.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#1 posted 774 days ago

Nice build! Way more character than a purchased variety. I really like it:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 774 days ago

I like it! You could add an upright and use it standing tall.

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#3 posted 774 days ago

pretty clever, good job.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 774 days ago

Thanks folks. I considered adding an upright but I use it on the bench top as well at times, and it also makes it less easy to store. I made the edges along the top mostly horizontal so I can put my foot on it when filling it with a broom on the floor.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#5 posted 774 days ago

Iteresting idea.
I could see myself building one out of walnut scrap but wife will steal it in a hurry.


-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#6 posted 774 days ago

I like yours waaay better then my run-of-the-mill store bought one!
Very nice indeed!

I’m also kind of envious of you sleeping less then 6’ away from your bench!

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 774 days ago

Cool that’s better than the ripped shoebox I’m using LOL.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 774 days ago

Good idea! I like the front edge because it wont crack like plastic and you could actually sharpen it so that the dust goes into the pan easier. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#9 posted 774 days ago

I got a chuckle out of your story. Love the dust pan. I’m a big fan of functionality.

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#10 posted 774 days ago

Amazing! I reach for the dust pan more than perhaps any other tool in my shop, and have never taken a moment to give it the respect it deserves. Good work and great post!

-- Jesse --

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#11 posted 774 days ago

Great solution, I bet you sleep better at night

-- Norman

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#12 posted 774 days ago

jus needs a longer handle fer us old folks that don’t bend too good

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 773 days ago

Great idea.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#14 posted 467 days ago

Nive project. Another one added to the list! It just never ends!

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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#15 posted 467 days ago

One of the nice things about having a shop is that you can build a lot of things that you need. Nice going.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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