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Magnetic Vacuum Floor Sweeper

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Project by Weth posted 01-20-2014 01:23 AM 1636 views 20 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dear Jocks

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:
http://www.rockler.com/dust-right-floor-sweep-system
I was about to purchase it, but I had three concerns:
  1. You had to hold it. up. Which meant straining.
  2. If the sweeper came too close to the floor it would not be effective or would get stuck on the floor.
  3. 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.
http://www.harborfreight.com/17-inch-mini-magnetic-sweeper-98398.html

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.

Weth

-- Weth





6 comments so far

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TNwoodchuck

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#1 posted 01-20-2014 04:09 AM

Debt paid! I’m adding this to my ” build soon” list. Thanks for thinking it through for the rest of us.

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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Oldtool

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#2 posted 01-20-2014 01:19 PM

Great design, I’m sure one of the manufacturers will steal this from you, better get a patent.
I have the same problem, dust tracked into the house from integral garage. I may even steal this design. Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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stefang

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#3 posted 01-20-2014 02:36 PM

Great little cleanup helper. I like your idea about the magnet. Well done!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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hoosier0311

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#4 posted 01-21-2014 03:56 PM

Thats one heck of a good idea, ima have to make one.

-- I'm only deaf in one ear,,,,,I just can't hear out of the other one., Denny, Indiana implant, living in PA

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#5 posted 01-22-2014 10:50 PM

Just went to near the top of my list

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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lndfilwiz

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#6 posted 01-23-2014 03:21 PM

At first i couldn’t figure out where the magnet was until I opened the link to HF. Great Idea!! I just moved that to the top of my list for projects as soon as the weather breaks.

-- Smile, it makes people wander what you are up to.

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