|Project by Gus01||posted 10-07-2016 02:51 AM||1236 views||4 times favorited||8 comments|
This is the last of three upgrades I’ve made to my WorkMate. The first was just a replacement top with more positions to clamp workpieces, so I didn’t post it. The second was adding a drawer that could be tool-less to remove the entire assembly and not alter the WorkMate. The last project gave me two benefits and one lesson learned. The benefits are 1) it’s mobile so it’s easy to move as needed or can be locked down for working on it. A few years ago I had a back surgery that went bad so heavy lifting is out of the question. Being able to move the WorkMate without having to pick it up is very valuable to me. 2) the second benefit also relates to my back issue. The WorkMate full work height was 31”. This had me bending over to use it. After a few minutes I’d have to stop due to back pain. The stand with the height of the rollers and supports is now at 35-1/2”. Not much difference on a scale but the difference in work height is a huge relief to me.
Now for the “Lesson Learned”. Originally I was going to make the stand in a simple box shape like a picture frame with short sides on each piece. Then I’d just set the WorkMate inside it. At first I was going to use 4” casters and the work height was going to be 36” which is the same as my workbench which is comfortable for me to use. Once completed I set the WorkMate inside the stand and stepped up to use it and hated it. It was too high. I couldn’t believe it. I rechecked the measurements and they were correct. After studying the stand for a few minutes I found the cause. If you look carefully at the picture you can see where in the front of the WorkMate there is a “step like” piece sticking out. It’s part of that model of WorkMate. I sometimes use it to get a better positioning when working on some projects.
I had considered it but thought that since my feet could fit under the rolling stand the WorkMate was sitting in, that I’d be fine. Unfortunately the rolling stand sticks out from this step more than I’d thought, which left me reaching to get to the WorkMate working surface. I was lucking in that I was able to disassemble the rolling stand and rebuild it as shown in the picture and still use the same pieces of wood. The front face of the stand is positioned back far enough so I can can as close as possible to the work surface. Better lucky than good huh? From now on I’ll mock up the projects more fully to get a better idea of potential issues.
-- John 3:16