If you notice the background of most of my pictures, you’re probably thinking “why would I take cleanup advice from that guy?”.
True, I don’t clean up as often as I should, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know how to do it.
I have a portable bandsaw that I got for Christmas and that I am fairly certain is the most awesome tool ever.
I use it to slice through angle iron and tubing like a hot knife through Vaseline; and through 3.5-inch thick bricks of steel like… okay, it’s not that fast with the thick metal, but it gets the job done and takes up a whole lot less space than a horizontal bandsaw.
However, as is true of all saws, it makes a mess. Which brings me to the point of this article: a neat trick to quickly clean up metal shavings.
I use this method whenever I have a fairly localized mess of shavings in an area that isn’t easy to use a broom in, such as around my vice and grinder on the workbench, or on the floor in front of the vice where I use my portable bandsaw.
What you need:
- A strong magnet (ideally a rare earth magnet)
- A shop cloth (I like to use pieces of old t-shirt)
See? I can clean if I want to.