MAKE: PROJECTS Eccentric Cubicle < Nano-Project > Stömpe: The Foot-Switched Power-Bar Figure N9.01: The assorted bits M aybe it's my background as a Rawk musician (we, regardless of instrument, are always stompin' on things with our feet -- effects pedals, high hats, channel switches, cockroaches -- you get the idea), but I think foot-switch actuation oughta be standard equipment on just about everything that has a power switch. The next best alternative is foot-switching the outlet said stuff is plugged into. This approach is actually mo' better than individual foot- switches, since it lets you turn on multiple devices with one stomp. I initially did this hack to let me turn on both my belt/ disc sander and its dedicated dust-collection vacuum with a single action. I just got back from a sourcing trip. Here's what's on the bench: [Figure N9.01] · One Ikea four-socket power-bar (3 clams at the Vancouver Flea Market) · One generic foot-switch (pulled from the wreckage of an avocado-green Sears/Kenmore vacuum cleaner) · The ceiling plate from a hideous mid-70s light fixture, which, out of context, is a shiny metal dome kinda thing 4" in diameter. · About 8' of 16-gauge two-conductor lamp cord. If you're planning on switching exceptionally manly power tools with a total current draw between 10 and 15 amps, you'll wanna use 14-gauge. Except of course if you're planning on a foot- switch extension run in excess of 100 feet, in which case you'd need to use 12-gauge on loads over 10 amps. The last three components came from North Star Recy- cling, and cost me the princely sum of one Canadian dollar. In addition, I'll use some twist-on wire nuts (also called Marrette connectors) three 1¼" #8 wood screws and a circle of ¾" MDF cut to the diameter of the ceiling plate, all from in-house stock. Start with the stomp box component. A solid wooden base is the most practical approach, if you're repurposing some- thing like that damned ceiling plate. 298