The .99 Cent Solution

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Project by NickyP posted 11-10-2015 12:20 AM 4163 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was getting tired of tugging & pulling my shop vac hose while sanding. You all know what I’m talking about. I found a cheap way to solve the problem and I must say it works really well. I bought a sign stake at the big box store for the whopping price of .99 cents. Using my vise and a pair of channel locks I pulled the top apart enough to fit the hose in & pulled just slightly on the lower one to fit the cord. I snipped about 8” off the length of it and drilled a small hole about 3” deep in my workbench creating a tight fit to put it in. The results are fantastic.

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#1 posted 11-10-2015 02:31 AM


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#2 posted 11-10-2015 02:55 AM

That is cool -) The only kind is sign stake I have ever seen is the “H” models.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 11-10-2015 06:38 AM

That is an extremely elegant solution!
Woodworkers use the hands and their heads!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 11-10-2015 06:58 AM

That is one very elegant solution, regardless the 99c. Good solutions like that are priceless…

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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#5 posted 11-10-2015 06:08 PM

Great solution NickyP! Cost effective and functional—it’s a wonderful combo. I like those clips you have on the hose to keep the power cord. Did you get those online?

I also struggle with managing the air hose (while nailing) and the vacuum hose and electrical cord while sanding or using the biscuit joiner. In my basement shop I have access to the exposed floor joists from the first floor. I’ve screwed in a few good sized screw eyes in strategic places and then attached a carabiner to each. When I need them, I can quickly route my air hose or my extension cord (from my cord reel) through the carabiners and keep the air hose and electrical cord off the floor. For the vacuum hose (which won’t fit in the carabiner) I keep a loop of nylon cord handy and I put that in the carabiner and then route the vacuum hose through the loop of cord.

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#6 posted 11-10-2015 09:37 PM

Damn! What a killer idea. Good fer you Nick.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 11-10-2015 11:28 PM

What Mark posted….

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#8 posted 11-10-2015 11:32 PM

Great solution NickyP! Cost effective and functional—it s a wonderful combo. I like those clips you have on the hose to keep the power cord. Did you get those online?

- Bill_Steele

Here is the link Bill:

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#9 posted 11-12-2015 09:04 AM

That’ll work, great job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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