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Kirby accessory cart?

We recently bought a Kirby vacuum cleaner. It comes with a bunch of accessories that stow away in a canvas bag.

In case you don't know anything about the Kirby, you have to switch out the sweeper head to attach the hose to use with most of the accessories. It also has a 2nd head that is used for shampooing. Long story short...you use several of the attachments during the course of normal cleaning, but it's extremely inconvenient to have to shuffle through this bag to get to them. You basically just have to dump out the bag every time you clean.

I'd like to make a little cart that can roll around with all the attachments handy. Just brainstorming at this point, but I was wondering if anyone has made a project like this before, or how you would tackle this?

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We recently bought a Kirby vacuum cleaner. It comes with a bunch of accessories that stow away in a canvas bag.

In case you don't know anything about the Kirby, you have to switch out the sweeper head to attach the hose to use with most of the accessories. It also has a 2nd head that is used for shampooing. Long story short...you use several of the attachments during the course of normal cleaning, but it's extremely inconvenient to have to shuffle through this bag to get to them. You basically just have to dump out the bag every time you clean.

I'd like to make a little cart that can roll around with all the attachments handy. Just brainstorming at this point, but I was wondering if anyone has made a project like this before, or how you would tackle this?
Haven't done a project like this, but have a Kirby vacuum. Ours has a plastic tote thing to hold the attachments. The shampoo attachments are separate, and we keep them in the box they came in. I'd lay all of the attachments out and arrange them on the floor in the orientation they would be when looking at the front of the cart to get a mental image of what it may look like and the dimensions. I'd just move things around thinking of what it would look like from the different sides until a final plan came to me. Would make a quick sketch and go from there.
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This post does not help very much, but perhaps it can stimulate design ideas. I made a cart for my shop vac, the cyclone, and the shop vac accessories. This link tells the story:

https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/w...2/#post1886385

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I'm just thinking out loud here, but the last thing I'd want is to pull a cart around the house to vacuum, especially if there were any stairs. I'd imagine that's why Kirby uses the bag?

What I'd maybe look into would be a way to attach the 1-3 accessories that you use most often directly to the vacuum.

What about taking a clip or holder and using epoxy to attach it to the vacuum?

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Ours has a plastic tote thing to hold the attachments.
My mom's Kirby has the tote, and it was nice because at least some attachments had their own slots, and it could be mounted to the wall. With this latest model, they did away with the plastic tote and went with a zippered vinyl bag - it's basically a lunchbox. People are selling the older plastic totes on eBay for cheap (around $20) - and I may end up going that route.

The salesman said they all flipped out when they replaced the tote. They're not a fan of the bag, either.
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My mom's Kirby has the tote, and it was nice because at least some attachments had their own slots, and it could be mounted to the wall. With this latest model, they did away with the plastic tote and went with a zippered vinyl bag - it's basically a lunchbox. People are selling the older plastic totes on eBay for cheap (around $20) - and I may end up going that route.

The salesman said they all flipped out when they replaced the tote. They're not a fan of the bag, either.
For as much as they cost, they aught to come with a maid.
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For as much as they cost, they aught to come with a maid.
John, she should be pretty also.
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Make one with dimensions to suit:
https://picclick.co.uk/Vintage-Woode...l#&gid=1&pid=1

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