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Project by Gus01 posted 10-07-2016 02:51 AM 9460 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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





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majuvla

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#1 posted 10-07-2016 04:02 AM

I have one similar to that, nice idea to have it mobile.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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MT_Stringer

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#2 posted 10-07-2016 06:06 PM

Nice stand.
Can you remove the Workmate and collapse it for storage or is it attached to your new stand?
I like the idea of the roll around feature and a taller working height. My work bench is 34 1/2 inches. It would be nice to be able to set up the Workmate as additional support for larger projects.

Thanks
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Paul M

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#3 posted 10-07-2016 06:30 PM

ply construction? How sturdy is it?

-- Paul M

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 10-07-2016 06:59 PM

Gus, did you know there’s a Workmates thread here on LJs? Your mods certainly warrant a post or two over there.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Gus01

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#5 posted 10-07-2016 07:40 PM


Nice stand.
Can you remove the Workmate and collapse it for storage or is it attached to your new stand?
I like the idea of the roll around feature and a taller working height. My work bench is 34 1/2 inches. It would be nice to be able to set up the Workmate as additional support for larger projects.

Thanks
Mike

Thanks, Yes it just lifts out. The drawer assembly comes out as well leaving the WorkMate as it came from the factory with no extra holes or anything except I replaced the top due to wear and tear. You can check out how the drawer assembly is done on that post.


-- John 3:16

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Gus01

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#6 posted 10-07-2016 07:50 PM



ply construction? How sturdy is it?

- Paul M


Yes it’s 3/4” plywood on casters rated at 125 lbs. each. I haven’t put anything heavy on it yet and due to back issues. I doubt it will ever see over 40 lbs. I can lift more but even at 25-30 lbs I pay a sever price for picking that up. My doc said 10 lbs but I cheat when the wife’s not looking

-- John 3:16

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Gus01

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#7 posted 10-07-2016 07:58 PM


Gus, did you know there s a Workmates thread here on LJs? Your mods certainly warrant a post or two over there.

- SmittyCabinetshop


Thanks for the tip. I must have missed it when searching the threads. I’m amazed at how much information is here and everyone seems to want to help. It’s really nice to have the resources here. I just replaced my bandsaw blade for the first time ever. Found a video on YouTube that was recommended by a Lumberjocks member and it went just like in the video and took less than 15 minutes including adjusting the guides. I’d probably would have been out there all day if I used the instruction manual.

Question for you Smitty Cabinetshop. I’m really pretty new to posting on the site. So far I’ve just posted on the Projects section. Do most members post on the Projects section and a dedicated topic like the WorkMate or just one or the other?

-- John 3:16

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 10-07-2016 08:12 PM

There are no rules (as you’ve gathered by now) on forum posts vs. blog posts vs. projects, so it’s whatever you want to do. There are a number of running forums that are dedicated to specific tools (Workmates, planes, handsaws, hammers, the Stanley #45, mallets, toolchests, shops, benches, etc. etc) that you might enjoy following along with “in addition to” checking out project posts. The forums are continuous and can get pretty interesting. So anyone (like yourself) that’s into workmates might contribute a picture or two there and get comments from others following that thread.

Hope that helps, and welcome!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Bluenote38

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#9 posted 09-24-2017 01:33 PM

Thanks. Replaced my workmate top and just starting on the base. I think you saved my time and work figuring out the “lesson” on my own.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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Gus01

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#10 posted 10-08-2017 03:57 PM

Thanks. Replaced my workmate top and just starting on the base. I think you saved my time and work figuring out the “lesson” on my own.

- Bluenote38

Glad it helped. Post some pics when you finish it especially if you make improvements. If I were to start over I’d probably only use double lock casters. The only issue I’ve had is if I place a lot of force directly forward into the bench, the casters sometimes swivel which can allow the bench to move a couple of inches before the brakes bring the movement to a halt.

-- John 3:16

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blackhorse16

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#11 posted 06-09-2018 02:22 AM

What size casters did you use?

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Gus01

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#12 posted 06-10-2018 05:54 AM

Sorry to take so long in reply, been out of town. The casters are 3” wheel diameter. You can use whatever gets the height that you prefer. I do notice that depending on how wide the supports are that the WorkMate legs rest on, a small diameter caster may be difficult to get to and to lock/unlock. Also, it’s easy to leave the wheels unlocked so as to move it around easy, but remember that when getting ready to work on the table so it doesn’t go rolling away from you.

-- John 3:16

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MT_Stringer

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#13 posted 06-10-2018 04:08 PM

Tried to sell mine last weekend at a yard sale. no takers. A few tire kickers but no cash. I was asking $25 for it – A workmate 225 in good shape. The boards show a little wear but the particle board isn’t swollen from moisture.

Not giving it away. I think I will make new boards with a center removable piece like the one the you tube guy made.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkgWnWOHieE

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Gus01

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#14 posted 06-10-2018 04:37 PM

A Workmate in decent shape for $25 is a steal. I wouldn’t think of parting for even that. I’d hang it on a wall or stick in it a corner. One outdoor project needing a work table naked keeping the WorkMate worth it.

-- John 3:16

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MT_Stringer

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#15 posted 06-10-2018 04:39 PM



A Workmate in decent shape for $25 is a steal. I wouldn’t think of parting for even that. I’d hang it on a wall or stick in it a corner. One outdoor project needing a work table naked keeping the WorkMate worth it.

- Gus01

Good thinking.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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