|Project by Weth||posted 01-20-2014 01:23 AM||2356 views||20 times favorited||7 comments|
I look at Lumber Jocks every day looking for ideas on how to make fixtures and devices to make wood working easier. I have many examples of your great work. To pay it forward, I am posting my Magnetic Vacuum Floor Sweeper.
My wood working has been a double edge sword for our family. My wife loves the completed projects and she can loan me out to help her fiends if they need help. However, the dust in the same garage we park our car in meant we were always tracking dust in the house. Much of my wood working time was taken up with cleaning instead of making things. Also, the clean up meant that I could never do a quick bit of work.
In addition a broom never got the floor entirely clean. The fine dust would always find its way in the house no matter what.I saw this dust collector vacuum:
I was about to purchase it, but I had three concerns:
- You had to hold it. up. Which meant straining.
- If the sweeper came too close to the floor it would not be effective or would get stuck on the floor.
- Nothing kept metal and screws from going into the vacuum.
Metal in dust collection is bad. A metal to metal spark in the impaler could create a dust fire.
I had the idea of using the $9.99 magnetic screw collector from Harbor Freight with an attachment to solve these issues.
In the pictures above is the end result. It works VERY well. My shop has never been cleaner. Also, it was easier to make than I imagined. I designed it on paper and in my head for hours. Once I started, I had it completed in about 90 minutes.
I hope you enjoy it.