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We clean up after a project, not just because it’s good shop ettiquette, but for safety’s sake, too. You can accidentally slip and fall on spilt oil, set fire to sawdust, or cut yourself on metal shavings. Though most shops contain a wet/dry vacuum and probably a broom, I prefer a whisk broom, or a masonry brush.

You can store these lightweight brooms easily, even in your toolbox. And though whisking off the workbench is the usual, when the time comes for a deep clean it’ll also take care of the “other” horizontal surfaces: the shelf braces, window sills, the top of the engine lift, the band saw scrap tray, the tops of the rolling tool boxes, and the dog — he’s slow.

The best thing about it: You can pick up a whisk broom for about $3.

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4 Responses to Dust Off Your Bench

  1. Kevin says:

    Or worse, you can set fire to metal shavings or sawdust soaked with spilt oil.

    I prefer the cheap whisk brooms which come with a small dust pan that snaps onto the broom. One reason to go cheap on this ‘tool” is to feel better about throwing it away after sweeping up the previously mentioned oil-soaked sawdust.

  2. hjablomy says:

    I prefer a foxtail brush…they store really well in a toolbox and for non-oily cleanup work great. also, for oily cleanup (without tossing the brush, which makes me cringe) use natural-fibers so you can clean the oil out of it better.

  3. Ted says:

    I’ve gone cheap as well, hacksawed the blade off an old plastic snowbrush and drilled a hole in the handle to hang on the pegboard. It has roughly the same form factor as a drafting table brush.

    Cheers, Ted

  4. Coach James says:

    I usually go with the plastic brushes with a dustpan attached in a set. $1 at the Dollar Store.

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