Router Table/B&D Workmate

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What to do with a small router table that needs to be stabilized in some fashion…..permanently mount it to a bench?........nope can’t be moved and takes up work area….......mount it to a board and drill holes both in board and bench to pin it??......still takes up valuable work space especially in my soon to be shop.
My solution was to make use of the Workmate stuffed in the corner with all the junk stacked on it. First I utilized an old shelf from a long gone entertainment center…....mounted the router table to it. Great… out the Workmate and the vise feature (I use that term loosely) only opened up to 8 1/2 inches… table mount is 15”.......oops!!!
After a cup of coffee and a Twinkie I came up with a solution. Spying a 2×4 amongst the clutter, I ripped it in half…....unmounted the table from its board…....mounted the ripped 2×4 pieces parallel 3 3/4” from the center line
of the mounting board…....remounted the router table….......inserted it into Workmate vise….. tighten and Voila… worked. Job done…..time for another Twinkie.

I never did use the Workmate much as for my liking it was too short….but with the router table mounted to it, the height is perfect. Also, I can rapidly unmount the Router table and move it to other areas or just set the whole enchilada in the corner of the shop.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#1 posted 09-22-2009 10:04 AM

well , doug ,
you seem to be jumping into your shop seriously ,
tackling the big problems head on !
how to justify that tool purchase ,
and when to take a break .

thunk like a true lumberjock !

so tell us Doc , which end of the twinkie should be eaten first ,
and what’s in that enchilada ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 09-22-2009 01:01 PM

Good thinking, Doug! I use your first idea, pins in the tabletop, for everything, too.
Welcome to LJ’s! Any friend of David’s is a friend of…well, Everybody’s!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 09-22-2009 02:07 PM

Very nice! I have a similar setup except instead of using the “vice” feature of the work-mate, I have four orange “bench dogs” that go into the holes on the top surface. With these I am able to clamp my piece of plywood that the table is mounted to. I think your method (using 2×4s) is likely more stable through.

Is that a dust collector on the back side of our fence? I have been trying to find an effective way to pull the dust out of my router.

-- B. Corliss

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#4 posted 09-22-2009 02:50 PM

Ahhh, Twinkies, The Universal Woodworking Shop Fuel !!!

Good use for the Workmate Doug.
I have two of them, an old one and a newer one, and I drag out the older one more often. It’s build sturdier.

Thanks for the router set up tip.

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#5 posted 09-22-2009 03:25 PM

The Twinkies did most of the thinking, the rest was Doug. Way to go Doug. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#6 posted 09-22-2009 03:29 PM

I would probably rate that project at least four Twinkies, maybe five.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#7 posted 09-22-2009 04:11 PM

It is a dust collector on the router table….eventually I will fabricate a collection system using my shop vac.

In reference to the Twinkies…...if you start in the middle, then which end is eaten first is not a problem

thanks for comments

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#8 posted 09-23-2009 02:14 AM

Cool, I did the same exact thing. Instead of fastening it permanently, I cut a cross piece that goes from foot to foot (shortways) and clamped the cross piece to the workmate. Great minds think alike! Now I need a twinkie!!

-- You're Born, You Die... The rest is up to you! NO FEAR

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#9 posted 10-04-2009 05:23 AM

Thanks for the advice about the magazine rack. I will make that one of my next projects. By the way, thank all of you Lumber Jocks! This is really a great place to share work and ideas. I want to thank all of you for your kind remarks. Thanks!!!

-- Tom Hacker

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#10 posted 12-13-2009 09:39 AM

Another great use for a workmate, mine makes a great stand for my Delta planer and my 12” Dewalt miter saw


-- Greg S.E. Ga.

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#11 posted 10-28-2011 02:39 PM

I agree, the twinkies did it!
I have the exact same workmate! I have a love hate thing with it!
It stores kinda nice, but I rarely use it. so It is often in my way. but when I use it, I love having it. It is quite sturdy.
Those were made when Black and Decker was a good name!

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