Workmate upgrades - new jaws, saw top, table top & router table top

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Workmate upgrades
New jaws, saw top, table top & router table top

Yes we are talking Workmates!
These lovely DIY things that we love to hate.

When I bought my allotment / tiny house, I got not just one, but two of them with the house and felt that they had to be saved and used as outdoor workshop there, a cordless workshop, with drill, circular saw and router, since it is off grit.

Here four blogs about it:

Making new jaws:

Circular saw rafters top:

Work drawing table top:

Router table top:

1. New jaws and router top.
2. Before and after.
3. Circular saw rafters.
4. Sawing without damage to jaws.
5. Fixed table top work surface.
6. The router table in use.

Stay safe and stay home, do woodworking and forget the pandemi for a few moments.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, we never know, perhaps new life to some old Workmates…

Best thoughts,


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

12 comments so far

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 05-02-2020 04:34 PM

Great idea , Mads and nice work making them!!!

cheers, my friend…..Jim

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

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#2 posted 05-02-2020 05:12 PM

Nice upgrades. Good job taking what you’ve got, and making it even better!

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#3 posted 05-02-2020 07:40 PM

Wonder what happened to my old Workmates? The good old days when I could actually build things! :)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 05-02-2020 11:19 PM

Nice upgrades, Mads!

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

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#5 posted 05-03-2020 12:25 AM

Nice! I love the router table, it’s very versatile.

-- AJ

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#6 posted 05-03-2020 02:29 AM

All are such great idea. I really like the router table solution.

-- Galootish log blog,

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 05-03-2020 02:48 AM

Nice set of upgrades, Mads!

Today was mostly working on the ladle I’ve been making. It’s getting close to complete. We also had five men here fixing our irrigation system for four hours. Constructing my shop caused 9+ leaks in the system, since we didn’t have a map of where all the lines went and found many of them with a backhoe. We also cut three pickup loads of chamisa from our ditch and hauled them to the neighborhood-sponsored dumpster for yard cleanups. I’ll sleep well tonight!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 05-03-2020 04:25 AM

If you’re going to do it you might as well do it all. Nice set up Mads.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 05-03-2020 06:14 AM

Very handy… Onr of my favourite and most usable thing in my workshop last 20 years

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 05-03-2020 10:46 AM

As always, you are a great inspiration to me, Mads. Thank you for that. I have a similar saw top, but yours is much better because it’s simpler and has fewer parts. And although I have a different idea in mind for a router table, I’ll copy yours here to gain experience for my final version.

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#11 posted 05-03-2020 04:32 PM

Hello Mafe

Great ideas great inspiration ..

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#12 posted 11-13-2020 02:20 PM

Hi there,
Slow answer here. Laughs.
Diggerjacks, thank you for stopping by, always happy, if I can inspire, my greatest joy.
muesli, Big warm smile thank you, buddy. Just saw your Workmate type bench, that can be seriously build, to be a whole workshop in a portable bench, look forward to see what you come up with.
Ivan, A real workmate user! How wonderful, Big smile.
doubleDD, Yes that is exactly how I think. I say; if you do something, do it as well as you can and add a little extra, or just don’t do it! Smiles.
Dave Polaschek, wauuuu 9+ that’s crazy! Hope it all ends up fine. Well wen we do things, things happen. Smiles. At the end it will be a wonderful place and all the troubles will be sweet memories, while you enjoy your time. Thanks.
swirt, Thank you, as you can see, I¨m just a wee boy, playing with adult lego. Smiles.
AJ1104, the router table has already come to a lot of use in the allotment, so it’s a time well spend. Smiles thank you.
Lew, thanks again, I just read the other comment.
Andre, laugh, yes where did they all go? They went out with the trash, when the hobby woodworker, became French Roubo Workmate… Laugh. The right tool to the right job. Smiles.
cracknpop, to salvage tools from dead and even upgrade, that is a real joy. Never thought I would own a Workmate again, but this one has become my friend now. Thank you.
Jim Jakosh, Thank you Jim, it was a great joy making it.
Best of my thoughts to all of you,

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

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