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