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Forum topic by Raymond posted 06-28-2011 05:15 AM 3501 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-28-2011 05:15 AM

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I needed something to hold a project in different positions while I worked on it. This is what I came up with. Its small work mate from Wolfcraft 7.99 at Menards. It consists of two pieces of partical board with a melimine surface, and a piano hinge. I drilled a hole in the center of both pieces and epoxied in a 3/8 nut, I made a handle and epoxied in a 3/8 bolt, this allows it to rotate around 360 degrees and be locked in any position. I milled teeth into an alumnium track so I could set different angles up to 90 degrees. I then mounted it to a cart with casters so I can roll it where ever I need it. I clamp my project in the jaws of the workmate and then adjust it to what ever i need.

This is how I lock the table from rotating.

-- Ray

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#1 posted 06-28-2011 05:10 PM

Nice job of innovating, Ray, and it looks like you put it right to work.

Your milled teeth are a nice touch.

Two comments: There is piece of hardware which originally was used for holding casement windows open but has found new use as “drafting table hardware.” If you’re not aware of it, it should be in your bag o’ tricks for inventing this sort of thing. See it here.

Second, it looks like screws go into the edge of the melamine. If that fails, you could just glue a 5/16×3/4 piece of solid stock to the edge and screw into that.

This holding fixture looks like it will be well liked by the backs, hands, arms and eyes that are in the shop!



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#2 posted 06-28-2011 05:21 PM

Very clever. You can also buy shelving struts with pre-milled teeth, but they you’d be “buying” something;) I like your method better.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 06-28-2011 05:33 PM

Thanks for the comments. I never though of the casement window think or the shelving struts. Great ideas. Thanks.

-- Ray

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