In the past few months, I've been making an effort to keep my shop clean and organized during the course of building a project. And I love it. Getting here has taken many small steps. One of those is this shop vacuum hose holder.
When the vacuum isn't in use, the long hose is like sharing the shop with a python. I came across the this holder hidden in a larger plan for a slat-wall garage organizing system. It's made from a few pieces of plywood. And who doesn't have a few pieces of plywood lying around looking for a good application. s
Of course, there are a few modifications. The one I made is screwed to the wall, so I left off the hook at the back. And to better accommodate the hose I extended the width of the brackets to 3 1/2". I painted the face and back in General Finishes' Coastal Blue acrylic "milk" paint. I've used this color on several other shop projects to add some color and unify the look of the space. h
As much delight as I find in woodworking, there's an element of hard work and discipline in the hobby as well. That doesn't detract from it and in fact it seems that these can increase the enjoyment. Changing established patterns and building new habits, like keeping my shop clean and organized, takes focus. But the pay off means I'm spending more time in the shop.