Ghetto WorkCenter Boom Arm: Part III, The Boom Arm
My old setup was to simply velcro the power cord to the vacuum hose. This meant there was effectively only one (1) tether being dragged by the saw, but in practice I have continually caught the hose on the side guards of my BenchMark Table, on the workpiece or on the track..
|It cuts wonderfully, when the hose isn't getting caught.|
The solution to keeping the hose out of the way is a boom arm. I know from my previously built wall mounted boom arm, that they work wonderfully at keeping hoses and cords out of the way. Unfortunately, the boom arm that Festool makes costs a bit over $300.00. For a short hose, a short extension cord and some steel tubing, that strikes me as much more than I’m willing to pay.
|Looks as good a place as any to mount a boom arm.|
|A simple boom arm.|
|The springs allow plenty of give in the hose.|
|The initial hook allowed too much wobble.|
|The new hook is the full width of the tray for much more stability.|
|The completed boom arm on the saw tray.|