LumberJocks

Workmate improvements

  • Advertise with us
Blog series by shawnSK updated 03-28-2020 02:29 AM 2 parts 1089 reads 14 comments total

Part 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 ...

Read this entry »


Part 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...

Read this entry »



DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com