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Project by tyvekboy posted 648 days ago 3151 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

July 7, 2012

Many years ago I made this dust pan from a 5 gallon metal can.You might find one this size at a restaurant near you.

These are easy to make. You just get a tin snip and cut away what you don’t want. Then you add a long wooden handle.

But for today, here’s another idea for another size can.

PIC #2 – Today you can go into your shop and look for an empty can like this Mineral Sprits can.

Pic #3 – #5 – From this can you can make this scoop/dust pan from the top portion of the can. You can remove the metal handle and add a wooden handle but I just used the existing handle.

Pic #6 – With the bottom half you can make a small bench top dust pan and add a wooden handle.

When cutting the can, you might want to leave 1 – 2 inches of metal where the handle is attached to make it more rigid.

I added a piece of wood inside the can where the handle attaches to add to the rigidity. I guess you could also just use pan head screws and not add the wooden stiffener.

CAUTION: Bend down all sharp edges EXCEPT the front lip that touches the floor..

Hope this spawns more ideas on repurposing your trash.

All comments welcomed.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 648 days ago

I love ‘em! Way to go!! That is a real handy use of those old tin cans. Thanks for sharing!!..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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Don W

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#2 posted 648 days ago

great idea!

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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dhazelton

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#3 posted 648 days ago

I’ve seen that idea used with olive oil cans. Smart way to recycle.

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rdjack21

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#4 posted 648 days ago

And here I was looking for a new dust pan at HD today. I think I will pass and make my own :)

-- --- Richard Jackson

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Woodwrecker

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#5 posted 648 days ago

Nice job Alex !
Smart use for those old cans.

-- 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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gfadvm

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#6 posted 648 days ago

Good one! You need to put the ‘frugal woodworker’ tag on it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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whitewulf

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#7 posted 648 days ago

Now we need a broom….....

.rdjack21 did not know Harley Davidson made DustBin, I know about PanHead…..

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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RalphCompton

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#8 posted 648 days ago

And yet another thing on my “to do” list. The list gets longer even as i get things done!

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Rick

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#9 posted 648 days ago

Nice Project! Thanks for Posting!

Rick

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Juriathe

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#10 posted 647 days ago

what a cool idea ! Thanks for sharing !

-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#11 posted 647 days ago

I was just thinking about trying to do something like this, but bought a scoop shovel because I can use it everywhere. Great idea on repurposing trash

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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Danpaddles

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#12 posted 647 days ago

Great! thanks for posting.

I have been using an old license plate with a dowel screwed to it. As much as they cost in Indiana- I want to get every last bit of good from them. But your cans are better- they have sides.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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drbyte

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#13 posted 645 days ago

Great pan! I use plastic anti-freeze jugs and make these all the time, short handles on some, long handles on some and they work great!

-- Dennis, WV

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lcwood

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#14 posted 637 days ago

well done!

free and recycled is better
just play safe with the sharp edges when making it

very common in 3rd world in the past

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Roger

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#15 posted 463 days ago

Brilliant! I’ll have me a new/used dust pan from a min spirit can just like the one you pictured here, very soon. Wow, and I woulda threw it away. Thnx for sharin your invention.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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