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Axle505

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03-02-2016 06:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hand wood plane workmate tools

I need to make a new top for a used Workmate, I bought recently. On the inside edge of each board—the clamping side—is a knotch running parallel and centered. The knotch is 45 degrees. It is there, I’m sure, to add to the “gripping power” of unevenly-sided material.

I am relatively new to woodworking. What is the name of the hand plane or number that can create this 45 degree cut? Or, is this better done with a router? I know a router would be quicker, but I am really enjoying the use of hand tools.

Thanks!


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#1 posted 03-02-2016 07:27 PM

Table saw set for 45° bevel would be fastest/easiest.

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#2 posted 03-02-2016 08:36 PM

The notch runs along the length of the board (the longest edge) right? And is it really 45 degrees or is it a 90 degree angle that’s on it’s side? If the edges of the notch are 90 degrees from each other, then a rabbet, or shoulder plane could work by marking lines and planing to them. If it’s really 45 degrees, then you’d need something like a custom blade for a plow plane or a combination place.

This is one of those things where the router or table saw would be easier unless you already know how to do it with hand tools. Nothing wrong with learning a new way to do it though if you have time.

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#3 posted 03-02-2016 09:59 PM

I replaced the top on my workmate long ago but, if I recall correctly, this is a V-notch in the center of the “jaws” that runs the full length for gripping round or thin materials.

I’d put a “V” bit in the router and do it if it were me. Next choice would be Table Saw. Hand tools need a router plane or something similar to do it efficiently. I suppose a chisel would get it done as well.

I will say, I didn’t put the notch in when I replaced my top and haven’t missed it.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Axle505

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#4 posted 03-03-2016 12:09 AM

Tim, you’re right—90 degrees. Don’t know what I was thinking. HokieKen, just “not worrying about it”...hm. May not be a bad idea. May just get a router bit, too.

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MikeB_UK

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#5 posted 03-03-2016 12:02 PM

V-Groove plane.
Though I’m with HokieKen, never use it, use the dogs if you want to grip dowel/pipe.

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#6 posted 03-03-2016 12:22 PM

The V groove is a gimmick. You run the risk of denting soft wood. You’ll never miss it.

The problem with workmate (I have an old one its handy but a lousy ww’ing bench) is the top is too thin to work as a decent vise. This is probably to reduce weight.

I suggest make the top thicker, like 2”. This will make it clamp better and hold dogs better.

Glue some 80 grit sandpaper, leather or cork to the edges for added gripping.

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#7 posted 03-03-2016 02:01 PM

Did you ever use that groove to hold a piece of pipe or a dowel? If not just skip it.

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#8 posted 03-03-2016 05:50 PM

Rwe2156, just FYI—I have used Skateboard Grip Tape from a company called Jessup. It’s about an 80 grit paper. 2” thick for the top, of say Baltic Burch, does sound like a good idea!!!

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#9 posted 03-11-2016 05:02 AM



The V groove is a gimmick. You run the risk of denting soft wood. You ll never miss it.

The problem with workmate (I have an old one its handy but a lousy ww ing bench) is the top is too thin to work as a decent vise. This is probably to reduce weight.

I suggest make the top thicker, like 2”. This will make it clamp better and hold dogs better.

Glue some 80 grit sandpaper, leather or cork to the edges for added gripping.

- rwe2156

This. Or even some of that grabby shelf liner/drawer liner rubbery stuff.

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#10 posted 03-11-2016 01:29 PM

You could saw a kerf and use a chisel or shoulder plane to open the “V” to your liking. A V bit in the router would also work, kut need a fence.

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