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

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Blog entry by mafe posted 05-01-2020 02:15 PM 680 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Table top for Workmate type benches
Outdoor 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 ever length you fancy.
Also two pieces that are app 2 cm, less wide.
(You will understand soon).

Now glue the narrow pieces to to the table top, on the centre line.

Finally the wider, that fits between the jaws on top and put screws in, they should have a length, so they don’t penetrate the table top.
You can put some 0,5 – 1 mm veneer or cardboard as a spacer on top of the narrow pieces, to make it easier to unclamp the table, mine locks up quite tight.

Look how the saw top things saved the jaws.

Here you see how the jaws lock the table top in place.

The Workmate table.

In fact I had one before, in Paris, years back.

For strength and to avoid warp, I put a pair of stretcher under.

Just like this.

From the under side.

Finally the top, after I gave it two coats of lacquer.

You could also glue polystyrene on top and use it for the circular saw…

It was last one today, next time it will be the router table top, but that’s a wee more complicated.
The edges were rounded with a palm router, just for comfort.

Hope it can be to some inspiration.

Best thoughts,


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

8 comments so far

View Brit's profile


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#1 posted 05-01-2020 02:30 PM

Very nice addition. Ideal for a picnic.

-- 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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#2 posted 05-01-2020 02:39 PM

Neat design to prevent unwanted tipping. Thanks for the idea!

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

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#3 posted 05-01-2020 02:50 PM

good work Mads

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 05-01-2020 03:06 PM

Very smart upgrades , Mads!!

cheers, my friend….Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 05-01-2020 04:48 PM

Nice upgrade, Mads!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 05-01-2020 10:52 PM

Nice Mads

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#7 posted 05-02-2020 04:07 AM

always love your innovations my friend.

-- 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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Bill Berklich

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#8 posted 05-02-2020 02:06 PM

Great work – I see an upgrade to my Workmate 550 coming soon!!

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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