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Dec 22, 2013

What do you do with a 4 inch metal pole in the middle of your shop.

You turn it into an asset.

I started by making some wooden clamp blocks to attach to the pole. When put together they measure 6 inches X 6 inches. That square knotch was intended to run romex down the side of the pole but wasn’t needed.

I picked a spot on the pole and used long lag screws to clamp them to the pole.

Then I built around the wooden clamp blocks. I added a place to put my cordless phone and electric pencil sharpener. That box protruding from the left side is a place to hold my iPad.

Above the phone and pencil sharpener I installed an outlet because both of the above items requires power. I also added cord wraps above and below the outlet to store the excess cords.

To the outlet I added this neat plug-in that leaves you with 3 grounded outlets and 2 USB charging ports.

To this I can plug the phone charger, pencil sharpener. I can also recharge my iPad and iPod at the same time. The iPod has a place to safely rest beneath the outlet while being charged.

The iPad pocket bottom is lined with blue camping foam. The other side of this box doesn’t have anything as of yet.

On the side opposite the phone/pencil sharpener/outlet is another panel screwed to the wooden clamp blocks. On this I keep my TV remote and the remote for my Jet air cleaner. They are attached with velcro sticky tabs. I also have a place to hang my ear protection that also has a radio built in.

There you have it … a valuable and very convenient asset for the Man Cave.

Other things you may want to add to this are bottle openers, pencil holders, etc. The possibilities are endless.

Expanding on this idea, you could just put 2 or 3 clamp blocks on a pole and attach 3/4 inch plywood to it on all sides. Then you could go crazy attaching all kinds of stuff like a place to hang aprons or hats, coat, etc.

Comments and questions welcomed.

Thanks for looking.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#1 posted 12-22-2013 04:48 PM

Well done!

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#2 posted 12-22-2013 04:54 PM

That is thinking outside the box (pole) for sure. Nicely done.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 12-22-2013 05:04 PM

Great use of a post.

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#4 posted 12-22-2013 05:13 PM


-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#5 posted 12-22-2013 05:16 PM

Great idea and a great job! Makes me wish I had a pole in the middle of my shop!

Great post too!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#6 posted 12-22-2013 05:21 PM

maplerock: I’ve got an extra pole lying around. Do you want it? lol

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#7 posted 12-22-2013 05:49 PM

Completely different from what I first thought the title said. I first read it “Turning a brother into an asset”

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

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#8 posted 12-22-2013 05:54 PM

Very good thinking , Andy. You’re a man after my own heart doing things like that!!
That pole had another purpose and you found it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for sharing the idea!!.......................Jim

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

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#9 posted 12-22-2013 07:59 PM

Don’t those additions get in the way of the pole dancers?

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#10 posted 12-22-2013 08:21 PM

Great idea. Thanks for sharing!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#11 posted 12-22-2013 09:08 PM

Very nice great way to organize the workshop. I might have to install a pole to take advantage of your ideas.

-- Owen, Lethbridge, Alberta

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#12 posted 12-22-2013 09:27 PM

Good thinking.

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 12-22-2013 09:56 PM

Great idea

-- Dave, from Canada,

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#14 posted 12-22-2013 10:12 PM

“Don’t those additions get in the way of the pole dancers?”
LOL, that was my first thought! :-)

Well thought out project.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#15 posted 12-22-2013 10:52 PM

All of a sudden I want to make room for a pole in my shop too!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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