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How to Make an Overhead Power Strip

One of the challenges of using a router is keeping the cord out of the way. Use these instructions to make a hinged panel for a power strip -- it'll provide power and keep the cord out of the way.

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making hinged panel for power strip
  • Time

    30 Minutes

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Cut a Groove

Use a router to cut a groove for the power cord into a piece of poplar.

use router to cut groove for power cord

Step 2: Attach Screws

Put four screws with the heads still exposed into a smaller piece of wood. These screws will hold the power strip.

Turn the piece of poplar on its side and screw the smaller piece of wood to it.

attaching power strip

Step 3: Attach the Power Strip

Attach the power strip to the jig, running the cord down the groove.

Make the guy wire. Attach some picture wire to an eyehook and screw it into the end of the arm.

Step 4: Attach a Hinge

Attach a hinge to the other end of the arm. Hinge the arm to the wall.

Cut the guy wire to size and attach the free end to the wall above the jig.

attach hinge to other end of arm