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

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Blog entry by mafe posted 05-01-2020 01:31 PM 1804 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Circular sawing top for Workmate type benches
Outdoor 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 with of the jaws maximum opening.

Then make a T profile, that match the thickness of your workmate and screw that to the back of the rafters.

That’s it!

Now you can saw boards and not worry to destroy the workmate.

The one in the middle is made a touch more narrow in the T, like this I can move it freely, while the two outer are secured.

Here you see how the bench holds it in place.

You can place them where ever you want.

Here cutting a piece of board, app half a sheath, it works just perfect.

Notice how I cut through the board and into the rafters, once they get too bad, they can be replaced in few minutes, while keeping the T’s.
I marked them, so I don’t have to look for that middle one.

Now sawing for the next blog project…

When the sun is shining, it’s better to be outside, but the rafters will stay inside, until they are needed.

Thanks for watching.

Hope it can be to some inspiration and save some workmates.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

7 comments so far

View Doug's profile


1247 posts in 3923 days

#1 posted 05-01-2020 01:59 PM

That’s a great add on. I believe that I’ll make some for my Workmate. Thanks.

-- Doug

View Brit's profile


8334 posts in 4004 days

#2 posted 05-01-2020 02:25 PM

I’m sitting here laughing, because I had the same idea in the past, but never got around to making them. LOL. Too lazy I guess.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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13385 posts in 4917 days

#3 posted 05-01-2020 02:37 PM

Those will certainly come in handy to protect the top and give a little more support.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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13204 posts in 4251 days

#4 posted 05-01-2020 02:44 PM

My GF is making fun of me, on that account, because she says that I make every thing I think… There’s a truth to it, I love to just make what ever falls into my mind and when I was at the allotment, I remembered a friends father, who had some rafters he clamped on top when sawing, so I just tried to make a wee more fancy for the fun of it. I remember also my grandfather had some for his saw horses, he even padded them with old carped on top, so they would not scratch the materials.
Now they are made and they have already been at use, so I guess it was worth spending half an hour.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Dave Polaschek

7962 posts in 1744 days

#5 posted 05-01-2020 04:47 PM

They look like a nice addition to the workmate. I have just been setting a piece of a pallet on top of my workmate lately, which also works. Perhaps I just need to put a couple Ts on the bottom of it for more stability.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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18821 posts in 2146 days

#6 posted 05-02-2020 04:11 AM

i like your gf’s thoughts because i make or try to make all my own thoughts,it might be a week or 10 years but it usually happens,im a patient person,my wife not so much-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 05-03-2020 12:49 AM

Great idea and it sure beats the two garbage cans I sometimes use.

-- AJ

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