Monthly Book Giveaway - January 2023

A New / Old Dustpan

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So my dad has an old dustpan, made from some sheet metal. It’s a handmade job, very old, and he’s had it for many years. I always thought that I wanted one like it. So today, when I went to clean out my shop and looked at the shavings to pick up, I immediately fixated on the limitation of my current dustpan. It has a top to it that keeps me from using over half the pan! Too goofy…



It was time to do some metalwork. Started by cutting up a scrap TV tray.



Cut some pine for the spar, and did some bendiing at the bench.


Set a notch in the spar, cut and shaped a simple handle.


A few nails, and Bob’s Your Uncle!


Final product at work in the main Project pic. Now I have a more functional shop appliance! As always, thx for looking!


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Very well fitting for a shop, nothing like having a good dustpan, and the metal allows everything to entre.  like the aligator paint on the pine, makes it look old too.

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Silly, fun, and quick makes for a good project today. Cleaning isn’t fun, but this build helped with that!

Alligatored pine is panel door stile mtl. When I scrap those, I keep the 1 1/4” stuff for misc. needs around the shop.

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Handy, and quick! Well done, Smitty!
Looks like a good solution.