|Project by Gus01||posted 09-17-2016 03:45 AM||864 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
Ok before anyone says this looks like something the Professor on Gilligans Island would do, I’d have to agree. In my shop I don’t have a traditional woodworking bench. I have a Craftsman work bench from Sears that I’ve “upgraded” and I also use a Black and Decker WorkMate when needed. Two goals of this project was 1) not make any modifications to the WorkMate that couldn’t be undone and 2) use materials I already had. As you can see I wanted a drawer that holds clamps that I use on the WorkMate and could also hold other tools that I might be using at the WorkMate on various projects. The end result accomplished both goals and despite the looks it works quite well. I first built the drawer then needed a way to attach it. There’s several ways I could have done this but this seemed simple and functional so I went with it. Basically it’s a drawer with bottom mounted ball bearing slides mounted to a piece of plywood. To keep the drawer level I used a small slat that fits in the front brace under the front top piece of the WorkMate. To keep the assembly from sliding I attached small stop blocks on the underside of the plywood, one in the front behind the front brace and one in the back in front of the back brace. This prevents front or back movement and the WorkMates own support structure prevents side movement. The final issue was to prevent any possible tilting of the assembly. The rear support brace on the WorkMate has a small slot in it. A simple “L” bracket attached to the rear stop block and inserted into the slot takes care of that. I can remove the entire assembly including the front leveling slat in less than ten seconds or replace it in similar time. It make be ugly but it was never intended to be a work of art and it works incredibly well. Now if one of you can tell me who the Professor was or what Gilligans Island was then you probably have gray hair or like me you may be lacking it all together.
-- John 3:16