workmate #1: Workmate Workbench Revamp

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Blog entry by JDboy posted 07-08-2010 01:05 AM 8547 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After searchiing different woodworking websites, I noticed that I was not the only one who used a workmate style workbench. I decided that since I use my workmate quite often because it is portable, that I would redo the work surface and make it more user friendly.

The first thing that I did was measure the old top to decide how much bigger to make the new one. The original clamping style top was approximately 20”w x 9.5”d x .75”h when closed. The new top is 35.125”w x 23.5”d x 1.5”h. I made the top thicker so that I could add t-track for clamping, stops, jigs, fixtures, ect in phase 2 of this redo. In the third phase I plan on adding an adjustable, removeable extention wing that will add between 11.5” and 17.5” bringig the total surface to 35.125”w x 35”d(41”d) x 1.5h.

This is what It looked like when I started.

This is after I changed the top.

This is the approximate layout for my t-track. It is hard to see and plan to add a better photo later.

-- JD Boy

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#1 posted 07-08-2010 04:06 PM

Looks good. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

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#2 posted 03-09-2012 02:00 AM

Is this done yet?

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#3 posted 03-09-2012 02:14 AM

How ‘bout now? ;-)

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