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Wolfcraft master 200 portable worktable (MaFe review)

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Review by mafe posted 09-15-2010 11:02 PM 10338 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Wolfcraft master 200 portable worktable
Testing it on a simple tool box build in Paris…

Ok The story goes that my fiancé lives in Paris (Caroline – she is French), and a genuine Lumber Jerk needs a place to hammer, even when he is there.


So of to the beloved BHV in the center of Paris, they have a Wolfcraft 200 at a price of 50 Euro.
And it can be brought home on my unisex bicycle, even I must admit the Paris traffic and a load like this are a little like oil and water.


Wolfcraft master 200 – quite a name, can it really live up to this?


First drawback… A explosion or just another IKEA furniture? No the 200 master out the box!
So with the floor full of parts I’m impatient to get on to business and it took actually only app. 30 minutes before I was ready to get on with some woodworking.
This is only possible if you have a Phillips screwdriver and something to hold the nuts…


Fine detail, except there are no spring washers… So the Master is now a Master on a ticking bomb, since it is only a matter of time before the table will start to wobble more, and the bolts will fall out…


Ok, all set up, sexy and ready to go! Wauuuu – I have a work station in Paris now!


The feet; good quality, fair size, but hard plastic… (I’ll be back).


The fold down mechanism works ok, you need a little muscle, but it’s fair.
I added a wing nut instead of the self locking nut, in this way I can set the table in a angle when needed.


The wise are working… It’s too slow to turn, so you need to turn a lot, and the arms are so short that it’s not an easy task…


The dogs are orange-yellow so I have a natural weakness, and they actually holds fine.


Here you see them in action. But the table is so unstable that the mitt of it lifts when you turn it together that means you do not have a flat suffuse to give stability under the piece.


You need some of these, for many tasks on the table, so buy this if you don’t have it.


Like for a cut not going straight.
When this is said then its ok for sawing work, even you have to hold the table to the floor with your foot, since it’s so light that it flies away if you sneeze.


I tried some plane work, and this was not easy at all, sine I ended up sitting on the table to hold it stabile enough for this work. I might have to make a kind of weight to hang under the table…


When I was using the table on the floor it had a funny trick for me – it simply fly away each time I wanted to use it… Yes again a solution was needed and this one was also good for the people living downstairs…


I bought a set of anti vibration pads for a washing machine; these helped the table to stay, and me not to get stressed. Now I just have to find a way to keep the table to fall of the pads…


The laminate on the top cracks fast and cuts really bad, so I managed to make a bad cut in my finger…


So this is it! Quite sexy and well designed to stand in a home. But with too skinny legs to really get the work done.


Ok let’s use the 200 for what it does the best!
A little Paris worktable – for my water coloring…


A piece of plywood and a piece of wood to clamp it.
(Even here it’s a problem the table raises when the vices are being tightened).


Minus:
It’s wobbling.
It will fall apart in time.
It’s not able to make a flat work surface when it’s being used.
It’s not able to stand on the floor without slipping.
It needs to be assembled to be used.
It’s too light.

Plus:
It’s easy to fold down, and take no place then.
It’s well designed…
It’s relatively easy to assembly.
It’s a kind of a worktable…

So what is my conclusion?
If you need a little table to bring with you on site, or if you like me have to have a little workspace you can easily fold down, and store away, then I think it’s so cheap that it’s worth all the minus.
So because of the extremely low price, I give it thumbs up. (But only for that reason).


Honestly I did not expect more, so I’m happy at the end for my buy!

Best thoughts,
MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.




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#1 posted 09-15-2010 11:21 PM

And yes you can say I have luxury problems here…
I think I’ll find a big plastic Camping water carrier, these that can fold down when not in use and hang under it. After all problems calls solutions, not frustrations.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 09-15-2010 11:27 PM

LOL…hillarus …LOL this is the best rewiew I have seen in years
the Fanatic vintage architect striks again :-)

thank´s Mads for your humor
and you are right about the waight isue
but in no time I know you will have a haevy toolbox down there
then use a clothbag and do as we do on tripods on photoshoting
in the nature we hang the bags on the tripods to make them more stabil

take care
Dennis

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#3 posted 09-15-2010 11:32 PM

I have one of their bigger work tables, the folding one that has vise and slot for circular saw/jigsaw and its rubbish. it looks like they went the extra mile to ensure that nothing can be clamped to the table and that all the edges will cut and pinch you.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#4 posted 09-16-2010 12:54 AM

This is a good review and a good laugh.

I assume it’s an innocent mistake but I still laughed when you referred to yourself as a “Lumber Jerk”. I’m sure I have been called that on a few occasions.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 09-16-2010 05:03 AM

Great review Mafe. I have a feeling you will be engineering a new way to keep the work surface flat while using it as a vice. If anyone can do it, I am sure you can.

Good luck and thanks for the laughs. I enjoyed the story.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#6 posted 09-16-2010 10:32 PM

I enjoyed the story and the review.

This would never work for me…...but I have the jawhorse with the table accessory and it is really nice…..strongly made…no assembly (just putting table on top of jawhorse – more or less). The only drawback is that the jawhorse is pricy and a bit heavy for a quick knock down/haul away table. I still find it extremely useful though….especially for holding my wood carving….I can gain easy access to the work as the jawhorse with just the clamp is skinny as any common sawhorse with a nice strong clamp…and only 3 feet on the ground…it is metal with powder coating with no cheap bolts…the table is also nice and strong..and not cheaply laminated.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 09-18-2010 06:13 PM

great review…I have one also and thanks to you I have a new respect for it.
thank you!

-- Cosmicturner

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