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Project by WoodPlusMore posted 08-11-2016 02:21 AM 1224 views 15 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A project I made after I needed an extra hand in the shop, this articulated utility arm is made out of some scrap oak and some spare copper piping I had lying around the shop.

The idea spawned from my TinkerToys I had as a kid, and it’s worked out wonderfully so far!
I currently use it with my shop vac while I’m using my drill press or anything else of that nature, and I also use it for filming, to get some pretty cool angles!

Hope you enjoy!

In-depth video:
https://youtu.be/18ls6XMhuT0

-- YT Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa4Z1D0oj_oYnD1yoZnT-Vw





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 08-11-2016 04:23 AM

That is pretty cool! Great idea and from a toy you used as a kid. Excellent!!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 08-11-2016 08:45 AM

Way cool!

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

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#3 posted 08-11-2016 10:32 AM

Useful, creative, thanks for posting.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#4 posted 08-11-2016 11:06 AM

Very creative idea. I need to make one of these, too. Great video.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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#5 posted 08-11-2016 02:59 PM

Nice work.
How do you attach it to the ceiling?
Is it movable?
Nice way to hold your camera.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#6 posted 08-11-2016 05:29 PM

This! I’m saving this for future reference. I need something like this to hold my vac near the lathe. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Don, https://www.etsy.com/shop/RootandBranchGifts - http://facebook.com/rootandbranchgifts

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WoodPlusMore

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#7 posted 08-11-2016 11:38 PM



That is pretty cool! Great idea and from a toy you used as a kid. Excellent!!!

- woodbutcherbynight


Thank you very much!

-- YT Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa4Z1D0oj_oYnD1yoZnT-Vw

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WoodPlusMore

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#8 posted 08-11-2016 11:39 PM



Way cool!

- Ken90712


Thank you!!

-- YT Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa4Z1D0oj_oYnD1yoZnT-Vw

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#9 posted 08-11-2016 11:39 PM



Useful, creative, thanks for posting.

- becikeja


My pleasure, really glad you like it!

-- YT Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa4Z1D0oj_oYnD1yoZnT-Vw

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WoodPlusMore

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#10 posted 08-11-2016 11:40 PM



Very creative idea. I need to make one of these, too. Great video.

- SteveGaskins


Thank you! Yeah, it’s been really helpful having it around the shop!

-- YT Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa4Z1D0oj_oYnD1yoZnT-Vw

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#11 posted 08-11-2016 11:58 PM

Nice job!

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WoodPlusMore

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#12 posted 08-12-2016 02:37 AM


Nice work.
How do you attach it to the ceiling?
Is it movable?
Nice way to hold your camera.

- Woodwrecker


Thanks! I had some 2×4 frames attached to my ceiling already (storing lumber up there) and just took another 2×4, countersunk a bolt it and attached the articulated arm with a circular piece like the rest, giving it a full 360 turning ability. I’m also planning on taking this method of attaching it to the ceiling and making spots around the shop to move it around where I need it and possibly make a whole army of articulated arms! It’s been great with the camera, giving me some great shots I wasn’t able to get before!

-- YT Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa4Z1D0oj_oYnD1yoZnT-Vw

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WoodPlusMore

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#13 posted 08-12-2016 02:38 AM



This! I m saving this for future reference. I need something like this to hold my vac near the lathe. Thanks for the inspiration.

- RootandBranch

So happy to hear you got inspiration from this, that’s awesome!

-- YT Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa4Z1D0oj_oYnD1yoZnT-Vw

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#14 posted 08-12-2016 02:38 AM



Nice job!

- JPJ

Thank you very much!

-- YT Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa4Z1D0oj_oYnD1yoZnT-Vw

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#15 posted 08-12-2016 10:15 AM

Great, useful tool and a very nicely made video!

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