All-Aboard Shop Vacuum

Longing for a shop vacuum that won’t tip over, stores the hose between jobs, and carries extra nozzles and cleaning products right on board?

The Family Handyman

Longing for a shop vacuum that won’t tip over, stores the hose between jobs, and carries extra nozzles and cleaning products right on board? Here it is: a plywood carryall made from scrap 1/2-in. and 3/4-in. plywood. The bucket spins 360 degrees in the frame like the turret on an army tank. Use our dimensions as a guide and adjust them to fit your vacuum. First, screw together a 10-in. high plywood frame 1/4 in. larger than the bucket’s diameter. Cut ovals in the 1/2-in. sides for handles. Screw the frame to a 1/2-in. plywood floor, leaving extra space around three sides for storage.

Next, drill holes in short pieces of 3/4-in. plywood to hold pieces of PVC pipe to store the hose and nozzles. Use 1-1/2 in. PVC for a 2-in. diameter hose. A 1-7/8 in. hole saw creates tightly fitting holes for the pipe. Now screw swiveling wheels under the floor and get to work cleaning your shop or car. Thanks to reader Jamie Williams for inspiring this great shop improvement.

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