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Vacuum Attachment for Adjustable Dust Control

Updated: Sep. 21, 2017

Keep your workshop dust-free

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Tired of sawdust covering your workbench and woodworking tools? This adjustable vacuum hose holder attaches to the shop vacuum and can be rolled into position exactly where it's needed.

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An hour or less

Cut and assemble the pieces

Attachment detail

Fasten the assembly to the vacuum by using mending plates to spread the weight inside the canister.

Trust us—this shop vacuum hose holder will serve you well. Use it to hold the orbital sander dust hose at workbench height and you won't have to constantly drag the hose over the bench edge while you sand. Or connect an attachment to the hose and position it next to just about any dust-producing power tool.

The inexpensive project will take you just a few hours to build. Rip and cut to size any 3/4-in. plywood or solid wood for the parts. All the materials are available at home centers except the T-Track parts, which are sold at woodworking stores.

The trickiest part of building this is cutting the lower brackets and fitting them to your vacuum. Modify our bracket design as necessary. We cut the 2 x 5-in. bracket pieces with a compound 5-degree angle and a 10-degree bevel to fit the curve of the canister. A band saw or scroll saw will cut both these angles in one pass. Experiment until the pieces fit tight and the upper board rises vertically.

Saw or rout a 3/4-in.-wide dado for the T-Track, centering it on the T-Track board; mount the T-Track with screws; then screw and glue on the angled bracket pieces. Mark and drill holes through the canister and attach the assembly with mending plates and 1-1/2-in. No. 10 sheet metal screws.

To make the yoke for the top board, temporarily screw together the yoke pieces. Then cut a 3-in.-deep U-shape in one end with two widths—2-1/8 in. at the bottom for the vacuum hose to fit in snug, and 2-1/2 in. at the top for the pipes. The varying widths allow you to press-fit either the narrower hose or the wider pipe in the yoke.

Figure A: Hose Holder

Cut the parts to length following the key in the List of Required Materials in the Tools and Materials tab.

Additional Information

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Circular saw
  • Cordless drill
  • Drill bit set
  • Jigsaw
  • Miter saw
  • Router
  • Safety glasses
  • Shop vacuum
  • Table saw
A band saw or scroll saw may also be helpful

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.

  • A One 3“ x 24“ x 3/4“ lower T-Track board
  • B One 2-1/2“ x 30“ x 3/4“ upper board
  • C Two 2“ x 5“ x 3/4“ bracket boards
  • D Two 5“ x 7“ x 3/4“ boards for the yoke
  • E Two 4“ x 1/2“ mending plates
  • F Two 2-1/2“ x 1/4“ carriage bolts, nuts and washers
  • G Four 1-1/2“ No. 10 sheet metal screws
  • H Two 5/16“ x 1-1/2“ T-bolts
  • I One 24“ mini aluminum T-Track
  • J Two 5/16“ styrene knobs
  • T Track hardware