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Forum topic by niki posted 11-08-2007 11:16 PM 3887 views 6 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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niki

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11-08-2007 11:16 PM

Good day

I’m not sure that you will find much interest but for the “maybe”, I’m posting it.

I was looking for something easy and fast that I can move quickly from one table or jig to another…

All the “clamp” is actually a piece of scrape that I just drill a hole for the “bolt”.

You can make it at any length, width and thickness…just glue two pieces of sanding paper (with white glue) and you are done.

Too much talking, isn’t it…:)

Regards
niki

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#1 posted 11-09-2007 04:13 AM

Neat idea, Niki! You truly are the ”Master of Improvisation.” I pick up something from every one of your posts. You’ve even got me using CA (superglue) for lots of projects now.

I have noticed that you use quite a few of those “Workmates.” I think I saw 3 or 4 in one of your posts. I guess they work pretty well for you.

I just advised my son to purchase one (Workmate), since he doesn’t have space for a workshop in his townhouse, but he does need something on that order to work on projects.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 11-09-2007 07:15 AM

Boy, oh, boy, Niki. You do come up with good stuff. Another great how-to blog. this one will help the young folks get started. Thanks

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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niki

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#3 posted 11-09-2007 04:49 PM

Thank you so much

TomFran
I have 6 workmates…one is used as router table (the expensive one), one for the Drill Press and 4 are used around as saw horses or working tables…very convenient if you have to “pack-up” everything every evening for the car to go in.

They are very cheap and cost me around $15 each (except the “router table” one that was $50) .
I bought them in Japan because I was working in one of the rooms in a flat at the 5th floor…

Thos. Angle
My posts are aimed mainly toward new comers and “not so rich” amateurs…

Regards
niki

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#4 posted 12-26-2007 08:45 PM

I am one of those new comers and “not so rich” amateurs

It is getting a litle cold her in Virginia, and I am having to work in my kitchen – wife not so happy.

I have a couple workmakes, and this stuff is just fantastic.

Thanks guys

-- Ed Baggett

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rikkor

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#5 posted 12-26-2007 09:40 PM

I have one Workmate, but I intend to get at least one more. The current one is a (semi) permanent home for my mini lathe. The hold-downs are a great idea to use in conjunction with the WM.

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