I have resisted the purchase of both these ggodies for my vacuum for a long time but, this week, I finally succumbed. I have owned the vacuum for over eight years,

Today, I assembled the Festool boom arm and workcentre. The instructions were sparse, but in a couple of hours with a few false starts, I managed to get everything put together. Brice Burrell, Aaron Underdahl, and Paul Marcel have all posted good information, tips, and photos about the workcentre on the Festool Owners Group forum and these were a big help to me.

I decided to assemble everything on my CT 22 without modification and to try it out before making any of the enhancements suggested by Brice, Aaron, and Paul. The photo to below shows this standard configuration:

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I'm not at all sure that the braces for the boom arm near the floor are needed but, for now at least, I will keep them in place.

Just as Paul found, for me, the workcentre is too low when simply placed on the CT 22. Paul placed a systainer 4 on top of the vacuum then screwed his workcentre to a wooden “tray” that snugly fit over the systainer. I did something similar. The bottom of the workcentre seems to be designed to make this quite easy to do. Here is a photo of the bottom:

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And here it the bottom with a piece of plywood that I cut to fit inside the rim:

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I built a inverted tray to snugly fit on top of a sortainer then screwed the workcentre to the tray. Here is the result:

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I much prefer the workcentre at this height.

I will likely make a lot of additional enhancements but, for now, the only other thing that I did was to cut a bottom to fit in the space between the two metal panels the way that Brice did with his workcentre:

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