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Workmate upgrades and restore #4: Router table top - can be used for Workmate type benches

05-02-2020 03:39 PM by mafe | 7 comments »

Router table top – can be used for Workmate type benchesOutdoor workbench for the allotment house. So last part of the Workmate series for now. Yes I know Workmates are not sexy, Workmates don’t come with any street credit with the wood guys and yes I can kind of understand if some one is thinking; ‘a Workmate? This guy got all the best tools, several workbenches and then he talks about a Workmate!’. I find a few things important when we write about woodworking, first of all to te...

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Workmate upgrades and restore #3: Table top for Workmate type benches

05-01-2020 02:15 PM by mafe | 8 comments »

Table top for Workmate type benchesOutdoor workbench for the allotment house. So here another 30 minutes or more project for the Workmate, a simple table top, so you will have a bigger surface, for projects, drawing, cutting or what ever you need. First cut your self a table top of desired size, mine is app. Four times the size of the workmate top open.From ply in same thickness as the Workmates jaws, cut two pieces, that are a a wee smaller than the with of the jaws opening and what ev...

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Workmate upgrades and restore #2: Circular sawing top for Workmate type benches

05-01-2020 01:31 PM by mafe | 7 comments »

Circular sawing top for Workmate type benchesOutdoor workbench for the allotment house. Hi again, This time I was back fast. Laughs. Now with a simple 30 minutes project for the workmate.Just some some fixed replaceable rafters, that will support wider boards and that you can saw into, with the circular saw, without damaging the jaws. Cut three or four roof rafter to length, you can make them even wider, but mind the stability.Also three short pieces that are a wee smaller than the w...

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Workmate upgrades and restore #1: New jaws for an old Workmate type bench

05-01-2020 11:36 AM by mafe | 9 comments »

New jaws for an old Workmate type bench Outdoor workbench for the allotment house. Hi there, This little blog series, will be about restoring and making upgrades, for Workmate type benches. Not that I’m a big fan of them, in fact I used to laugh at them…, but I have come to realize, that they DO have their place, especially for the armature woodworker, who are doing house repairs, as a real workbench NO. They should be called work tables, not work benches, as work benches they on...

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Workmate improvements #2: Doe's foot and drill press clamps

03-28-2020 02:29 AM by shawnSK | 4 comments »

My Workmate is my only bench, so I am always looking for ways to expand its usefulness. .Over the past month, I’ve added two nice tools to make it work better. .First is a drill press clamp or a vice grip clamp. I first saw these on Retired Guru’s Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring blog as a way to add “holdfasts” to a thin bench. I found a couple at Princess Auto and they work really well. Good pressure, and once I secure them (sometimes the Workmate frame gets in the w...

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Tool tote - General Butchery

03-07-2020 03:29 PM by shawnSK | 6 comments »

When I bought the jig saw to make the dinosaur puzzle Christmas gift, I was thinking it will probably be my only power tool. (That and a used cordless drill.) Relatively quiet, good for curves, and can cut boards to size in a pinch. I chose a tool tote for my first actual woodworking project. I wanted to use joints on this project, and I wanted to use the jig saws strengths. Again, sort of a test of what one can do with just a jig saw. The tote seemed like a good project – its en...

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Workmate improvements #1: A Grain of Salt

03-01-2020 07:02 PM by shawnSK | 10 comments »

My bench is a Black & Decker Workmate 400. It’s likely to be my bench for a while, so any tips to make it a better bench are always appreciated. I eventually want to hand plane, ideally even sizing lumber on this thing and I know it’s just too light as is. I hear of Workmates bolted to floors or braced against walls, but neither option is great for me. Out shopping one day I spotted a possible solution – a 40lb bag of water softener salt. Portable, smallish, dense ...

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Jigsaw dinosaur

02-29-2020 03:46 AM by shawnSK | 8 comments »

A bit of an intro… I work in an office and have been wanting to do something hands-on and productive lately. My dad is really handy and I wanted to see if I have that gene too. So, before Christmas I decided to get a jigsaw and see what I could create. I settled on a dinosaur puzzle for my nephew. I have no idea if I’ll be successful or stick with woodworking, so I am using mostly a jigsaw and a Workmate in a corner of the living room. This is my first project without using my ...

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Collapsible Workbench with Free Plans

04-28-2018 12:35 PM by SirFatty | 4 comments »

I’ve run out of space in my garage workshop, to the point where I had to get rid of my workbench. To compensate, I created a collapsible workbench that uses my two Workmates as the supporting structure. To be sure, this is not a proper work surface, it’s too low and certainly not strong enough to heavy work. But for light assembly and cutting sheet goods, this will fit the bill. Also, when taken apart it stacks nicely on the foundation ledge out of the way. ...

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Assembly Supports for the Workmate

08-21-2015 03:25 PM by Marty Backe | 4 comments »

In this video I discuss the construction and use of assembly supports that I made for my Workmate.

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