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Offline Ralph O

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Managing the CT22 Hose
« on: May 20, 2007, 11:06 AM »
My workshop is very small and the CT22 hose always seems to be in the way. The boom arm isn't really an option for me so I made this device to hold the hose and the power cord. It suspends them from a joist. The two main support arms hold a large free-rotating wheel and a smaller wheel for the power cord. The width between the supports is large enough for the hose to move freely but small enough that the hose nozzle will not pass through the supports. The wheel for the power cord is just a dowel with a piece of PVC pipe slipped over it. The pipe freely rotates on the dowel. The two supports are "loose" mortise and tenon. "Loose" in this context means the tenon slides easily in the mortise. There are one spring on each support that holds the mortise and tenon together but is soft enough that a tug on it will give a little. 

There are three degrees of freedom: wheel, springs and the swivel mount at the top. The swivel mount consists of a T-bolt through two pieces of wood. The T-Bolt is recessed in the board mounted to the rafter. The two boards are separated by two washers enabling the swivel.

The two mortises were cut two different methods. The first mortise was drilled on the drill press and then finished with a chisel. This was my very first hand mortise; it turned out good but not perfect. After thinking about it, I used the Domino to cut a mortise in the second support and then drill it deeper on the drill press. (The tenons are about two to two-1/2 inches (50-70mm) long just in case of a unusually hard tug on the hose.) The Domino centered it nicely and made for very smooth interior surfaces.

The hose and power cord are fastened together in several places before and after the holder using several strips of cloth with Velcro on the ends. These fasteners keep the two together making the whole setup much more manageable.

Pic 1:  View of the whole setup
Pic 2:  The tenons are shown by pulling on the wheel.
Pic 3:  Front view
Pic 4:  Side view
Pic 5:  Swivel mount

Everything was made from scrap pieces. The wheel is just two pieces of 3/4 ply glued together. The wheel axle is just a dowel sanded and waxed.

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Offline Bob Marino

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Re: Managing the CT22 Hose
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2007, 11:35 AM »
 Now, that's inventive and looks like a real nice solution to keeping the cord and hose out of the way.

 Thanks for posting.

Former Festool  Dealer since 2002; user well before that!

Offline Bob Childress

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  • South Carolina, USA
Re: Managing the CT22 Hose
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2007, 04:31 PM »
Darn clever! I think I might have a go at that myself! Thanks for the pics.  :)
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