High Rise Shop-Vac Handle

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 02-17-2018 02:41 AM 1792 views 6 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today was kind of a dreary day in Arizona so I decided to replace that low handle on my Shop Vac.
I made this handle 10” higher so I did not have to bend down to move it around and added a couple of wire hooks and a PVC tube to keep the hose and cord in one place.
The handle is made from osage orange and the vertical pieces have the ends turned down to fit in holes in the horizontal pieces. The horizontal pieces were offset so the pvc tube would clear the outer edge of the vac top.
It has as short cord, but it always dragged the floor like the hose so I made a spot for it too.

A place for everything and everything in its place.

It is finished with clear lacquer!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 02-17-2018 02:59 AM

You must be getting old (older) Jim. LOL. I like it. Especially the cord idea. Mine is always on the floor no matter how I wrap it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 02-17-2018 03:24 AM

Now this idea I like! So simple and makes life in the shop so much better! Thanks Jim!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 02-17-2018 03:56 AM

Looks good but the PVC…. you gotta work on it, some paint, fax wood stain something????


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

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#4 posted 02-17-2018 04:34 AM

It is dreary for sure, Jim. Nice upgrade. I’ve spent the past couple of days building a stationary jig for face frames, and a corner miter slot jig for my PC 557. Very relaxing.

Of course, it is AZ, so give it a few months and we’ll be longing for these dreary, chilly days.

-- There's no such thing as a careless electrician

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#5 posted 02-17-2018 04:36 AM

Looks good but the PVC…. you gotta work on it, some paint, fax wood stain something????


- woodbutcherbynight

Heck yeah. Get one of those graining paddles. and make it look like the north woods.

-- There's no such thing as a careless electrician

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#6 posted 02-17-2018 05:20 AM

Great job.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#7 posted 02-17-2018 06:26 AM

Good idea, Jim…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 02-17-2018 07:05 AM

Clever thinking, idea and solution.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 02-17-2018 01:42 PM

Another idea, but for after the motor dies: throw away the top and then have a large bucket on wheels.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#10 posted 02-17-2018 03:32 PM

Always a nice idea to make improvements that make the shop Moreno neat and more enjoyable to be in.


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#11 posted 02-17-2018 04:16 PM

I like that! Nice touch with the additional cord wrap location, too!

Now if you can just figure out how to get them to empty themselves…

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 02-17-2018 04:26 PM

I agree, it is a clever idea. About how it looks with the pcv, if it were mine I would leave it as it is. Not everything has to look like a show piece. I don’t see a need to waste time or money making it look like wood, after all, it is a shop vac.

-- EdwardNorton

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#13 posted 02-17-2018 04:53 PM

Great idea Jim. I am all about not having to bend over too much…LOL!!

-- 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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#14 posted 02-17-2018 05:35 PM

Nice work Jim.
It’s all about working comfortably.
Daily Top 3 award?
The editor must be getting older too!

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#15 posted 02-17-2018 07:59 PM

smart idea Jim, that hose & cord always seems to get in your way just lying where ever it lands on the floor, good one mate

cheers pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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