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Wheel Base for B&D Workmate

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Project by Gary Lundgren posted 03-07-2015 07:52 PM 7887 views 19 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

That B&D Workmate is such a handy tool, but heavy to move about, especially when I have a tool on it. It is of a great height for things like my sander or planer. Lower than bench top height.

I got this idea somewhere and finally got a round tuit.

Just took a 3/4 plywood and cut to square dimension of the first, shortest, feet. Added 1-1/2” to that dimension to add a 3/4 edge all around. Don’t want the Workmate to slip off, especially if there’s a tool onboard!

Added some 1X poplar to width I needed to get me to the height when the 2nd pair of legs are folded out, after subtracting the height of the casters. I think that was about 7-1/2” total, minus casters, and 3/4” thick bracket on bottom to mount casters to. Attached the 1X poplar to plywood base with pocket screws.

I can collapse it down and slide away under a table.

-- GaryLundgrenCrafts





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russde

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#1 posted 03-08-2015 12:47 AM

Excellent idea…and pretty darn good execution too, sigh, yet another thing on my to-do list now

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#2 posted 03-08-2015 01:51 AM

super idea !! I will follow this project sooooooon.
Thank you for sharing..

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abie

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#3 posted 03-08-2015 02:38 PM

Now add some ” vice table extensions” al la a lumberjocks project and you will have one useful tool.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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Desert_Woodworker

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#4 posted 03-08-2015 04:56 PM

Exactly!!!! I have a table and it sits stationary. Your project has turned on the light. Your post is very well done.
ps Just an aside to those who use “casters” DO NOT be cheap- you will get what you pay for- some cheap casters will leave “beautiful” black smudges on your floor…...

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#5 posted 03-09-2015 03:49 PM

Great idea. I have the B&D workbench… think I will do the same to make an out feed table for my table saw. Need the out feed on wheels to store separately from the saw. very little workspace in my garage.

I did something similar for my 14” bandsaw, but never thought of the workbench. Thanks for posting.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 08-30-2016 06:52 PM

LOL I think I know where the idea came from,,, http://lumberjocks.com/topics/35306 I like the upgrade from just the furniture dolly, I do from time to time knock the WM off… maybe this weekend a little scrap build!

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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Gary Lundgren

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#7 posted 09-01-2016 03:56 AM

LOL. I can understand the sentiment others have about this. On its own it is a clumsy and cumbersome device to try to work with. With these wheels it’s quite handy. It also slips right under one of my small workbenches.

Thanks! Gary


LOL I think I know where the idea came from,,, http://lumberjocks.com/topics/35306 I like the upgrade from just the furniture dolly, I do from time to time knock the WM off… maybe this weekend a little scrap build!

- ChefHDAN


-- GaryLundgrenCrafts

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#8 posted 06-07-2017 03:13 AM

I like it! I too, use a Workmate. This is something I really need to do.

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Gary Lundgren

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#9 posted 06-08-2017 08:04 PM

Thanks. It is quite handy on wheels and parks away easily.

-- GaryLundgrenCrafts

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#10 posted 06-08-2017 08:09 PM

Great idea. I’ve thought about getting a workmate.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Gary Lundgren

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#11 posted 06-08-2017 08:12 PM

Thanks. It is quite handy on wheels and parks away easily.


Great idea. I ve thought about getting a workmate.

- WayneC

It is a very handy utility in a small shop.

-- GaryLundgrenCrafts

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azdustdevil

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#12 posted 01-02-2018 04:08 PM

I’ve had mine for 25 years and was almost ready to sell it. Glad I kept it.

-- --so many tools....so little time

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