In my small shop, I use a shop vacuum to
collect dust from several tools. To cut
down on the need to swap hoses, I
built this manifold with two blast
gates. Now I transfer suction with a
flip of my wrist.
To make the box, I drilled
holes for the hoses and rabbeted
the box sides for the 1/8-in.
blast gates. After cutting the
end pieces to match the rabbets,
I glued the box together
on a long backplate for wallmounting.
I made blast gates
from scraps of plastic, but hardboard
would work just as well.
To make the wooden handles, I
sawed a kerf in an oversize blank,
cut the handles from the blank and
drilled holes for the screws.
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