My work surface is not a traditional jewelers workbench so does not have a sweeps drawer. It is an old partners desk rescued many years ago from a store remodel. I use it when I sew, scrapbook, and do art projects as well as make jewelry. When I saw out silver pieces, I put a plastic shoebox in my lap to collect silver particles as they fall. Any other silver particles created during sawing are swept into the box using the small bench brush. Every so often, I go through the box and pick out larger silver bits-I missed one here. The dust can be melted down, or it can be used as is in projects, as in those earring pieces seen here where it was fused to metal discs.