Diagnosis: Cord trouble. Prescription: Elevate it.
For years, I've used my shoulder as a cord manager while routing or sanding. When I finally got tired of the cord slipping into the tool's path or catching on inconvenient corners, I built this cord minder. I drilled and cut a slot in the top, as shown, rounding over the inside edges to ease cord movement. With the cord minder clamped to the bench and the cord draped through the slot, the cord stays elevated and out of the way.
—Raj Chaudhry, New York City