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Project by Chris posted 01-15-2013 02:38 AM 2029 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a couple of decades I finally broke one of the plastic handles on my old workmate. I think I might be able to find a replacement on the web but decided to fix it myself. I re-used the knob, heck it wasn’t broken. Works fine so far although it does stick out a bit further, which might impact its lifetime but we’ll see.

Thanks for looking,

Chris

-- Chris





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Oldtool

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#1 posted 01-15-2013 02:57 AM

Great fix, it does what it is supposed to do, and it saves money. Woodworkers are as good at thinking outside the box, as well as they are at making them.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 01-15-2013 04:50 AM

Nice one. the home made ones are best!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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thelt

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#3 posted 01-15-2013 03:46 PM

Nice, thanks for the inspiration. I broke the handle off of the garden hose reel and was going to trash it. Now I’m gonna try making a new handle.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#4 posted 01-15-2013 04:28 PM

Good save Chris

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#5 posted 01-15-2013 05:24 PM

Could you reverse the new handle and put the knob from the other side?

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 01-16-2013 11:52 AM

creativity and all, Congratulations.

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Underdog

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#7 posted 01-16-2013 04:56 PM

Nice fix! I like making replacement parts for my equipment.

But if it doesn’t work out, yes you can still get parts for these things. I recently ordered several clips for the fold-out feet on my workmate. Got tired of the darn things flopping around instead of staying put.

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#8 posted 06-17-2013 10:36 PM

cool fix

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thelt

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#9 posted 06-20-2013 09:29 AM

My workmate had a perforated belt between the two hand cranks. it recently broke. Any ideas? I can still use it but I have to turn the cranks, one in each hand, simultaneously.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#10 posted 03-27-2014 02:01 AM

How hard was it to remove the pin in order to get the old handle off? I gave a few taps with a punch but was afraid to hit too hard.

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