Workmate improvements

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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 ...

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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...

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