Introduction: Electric Dustpan
For my first instructable I figure I should share a recent mod in my garage workshop. Nobody likes a messy work area, and the easier or more entertaining one can make the cleanup process the more likely the area is to remain clean. This will help keep wood shavings, dirt and dust from getting in the way. I remember this from my time in HS shop class years ago and thought it was a cool idea to try in my shop. It's fairly simple concept. have a place to sweep stuff so that it gets sucked up in a vacuum. Nearly every home build work table I see is the basic design, and as long as your table has low set cross braces you can do this as well.
You will need to build a funnel of sorts, two walls that will drive the debris towards the inlet of the vacuum hose at the rear wall. I later discovered that a shallow funnel is better, something perhaps about 3-5inches set back. The first trial wasn't able to do more than suck in dust, and left wood shavings clogging up the inlet.