After 30 years of service, it was time to replace the top of my workmate.
I had some approximately 8 inch melamine from left over from previous project and figured this would be a good replacement.
I used the old tops as a template to place the holes for the new tops.
One side done!!
I bolted the second top on thinking how awesome it will be to have a much larger top. Until I learned about this critical measurement. The handles won’t turn!
So I unbolted placed the old top back in position to confirm the measurement!
I had 2 options at this point. Rip the width so the handles would clear or figure out how to raise the tops about an inch so the handles would clear. I had work to do so I fired up the Table Saw and ripped the width.
The new top is still significantly larger.
FYI, The dog holes on workmates are NOT 3/4” The y must be metric at 20 MM. I don’t have any metric bits or forstners so I went ahead and used 3/4” and wallowed out the holes and finished with a round file to get the dogs to fit.
-- - Terry