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Almost every plastic or aluminum dustpan I’ve used has been disappointing. The aluminum ones bend too easily and make it impossible to capture fine dust. And plastic ones are just that: plasticy.

So like any half-decent woodworker, I set out this fall to build my own. Shopmade dustpans were once a common sight, so it’s not like my idea is original. But finding plans for a rotating dustpan with a tall handle (so you don’t have to stoop) are rare.

So I spent a month investigating patents of dustpans. I looked for the common ways they were built, their proportions and their mechanisms. Among the patent papers, I found a lot of interesting designs that were entirely too complex. But they pointed me in the right direction on deciding how the pan should tilt.

Then I studied existing dustpans, mostly plastic ones, to determine what I didn’t like about the way they worked.

After boiling all that down, I made a prototype from scraps and screws.


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