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Project by Chris posted 592 days ago 1821 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 592 days ago

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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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 592 days ago

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 591 days ago

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 591 days ago

Good save Chris

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DIYaholic

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#5 posted 591 days ago

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 procratination a bad thing?

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brazjuca

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#6 posted 591 days ago

creativity and all, Congratulations.

-- Brazjuca guarapari Brasil. All worth it when the soul is not small. (Fernando Pessoa)

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Underdog

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#7 posted 590 days ago

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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steliart

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#8 posted 438 days ago

cool fix

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thelt

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#9 posted 436 days ago

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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CWolf

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#10 posted 156 days ago

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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