Under-the-bench power point

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Project by BOBAH posted 07-24-2016 07:25 AM 940 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have small workshop in two-car garage, with all power tools set up next to each other. After building dust collection system I wanted to use it with router table, band saw and table saw as needed, while only router table had built-in duplex outlet power strip to control both router and vac. My solution is i-Socket Autoswitch – all three power tools are connected to “tool” port, and if turned on, turn on “vac” port, which I use to power two shop vacs and bench-top light on band saw. Now, to switch to a different power tool, I need to re-connect vac hose and start working – Autoswitch will automatically power on my vac and/or light.

Both Autoswitch and power strips are attached to a vertically mounted plywood tower stashed under workbench – if needed, I can easily reconnect some tools, but all cords and strips are out of the way.

My workbench is built around old bathroom cabinet where I keep all benchtop corded power tools and battery charger for battery powered ones, so another strip goes inside cabinet. I fetch a tool, use it and put it back – always connected.

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#1 posted 07-24-2016 03:25 PM

I love it. Nice way to gather the power in one spot!


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#2 posted 08-02-2016 08:16 AM

I like the idea of useing a three way adapter into the Socket auto switch

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