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Cord and Hose Boom

Swing-Away Arm Diagram In the past, the power cord and dust collection hose going to my workbench trailed across the floor creating an inconvenience and a hazard. So I thought of a simple way to get them off the floor and more easily accessible.

My solution is shown in the drawing at right. I built a simple hinged boom that I attached to the wall of the shop to carry both the power cord and the dust collection hose. When I need the cord and hose, I can quickly swing the boom out over my workbench. When not in use, the boom folds flat against the wall, out of the way.

As you can see, the construction of the boom is simple and functional. I used 2×4s for the main parts and a scrap of plywood reinforces the knee brace. A pair of heavy, butt hinges allows the boom to swing on the support. Finally, the cord and hose are loosely fastened to the boom with zip ties threaded through eyelet screws.

Now, having a cord and hose underfoot and in the way is a thing of the past.

Good Woodworking,

Ted Raife
Online Editor, Woodsmith

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