|Project by BOBAH||posted 07-24-2016 07:25 AM||1085 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
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.