Oak Vac Handle

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-02-2011 08:26 PM 1499 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You look at this and wonder what the heck is that?? I bought this Craftsman shop vac on Craigslist and it was short so I had to bend over, the straight wheels on the front never were pointed where I wanted to drag it and the cord was all over the place when I moved it. Soooooooooo I took some time to modify it to make it more user friendly. Maybe I should send this to Sears.
The oak piece in the thumbnail is the red oak handle stained with ebony stain and I thought it looked ugly so I painted it black before installing it on the vac. ( I laminated 2 pieces of oak in cross directions for better strength) The handle now is 5” higher and I have a place to wrap the cord around. Then I put swivel casters on the front and made them drop down 1/4” lower than the straight wheels so I did not have to remove the old wheels to take them out of the picture. It now has freedom in all directions to drag it around the barn.
The only thing left is to make a PVC tube to install in one of the tool holder slots to stick the hose in when moving it around.
This was a fun project and so gratifying to fix all those problems!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 06-02-2011 10:36 PM

And it is not just better but also wonderful to look at.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 06-03-2011 03:22 AM

You are quite the Man Jim… and an inventer too!! This was a great project and

Thanks for sharing!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 06-03-2011 06:46 PM

;0) I like it.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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