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Forum topic by BobBlarney posted 01-22-2017 11:09 PM 735 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BobBlarney

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01-22-2017 11:09 PM

Hello, has anybody made a milkman’s workbench as a replacement top for a Workmate?

I think this may be a good marriage of ideas, either for the fixed or moveable board, or both. Also, I have two Workmates and when space allows (such as outside on the driveway or patio), I often link them together to form a very stable bench. So I guess that I might need to do both to keep them at equal heights.

Any thoughts on this, yea or nay?

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papadan

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#1 posted 01-22-2017 11:33 PM

I have never heard of a “Milkmans Workbench” but just looked it up and I like how they are set up. I can see a lot of uses for one used on saw horses. I would think one would work very well on a couple of workmates.

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#2 posted 01-23-2017 10:49 AM

Instead of replacing the workmate top. I would either screw/bolt or clamp the milkman’s workbench to the workmate’s top. That way you can still have the workmate’s top by just removing the milkman. I have two bench hook shooting boards (cross wise and length wise) that I clamp to my workmate along with a side vise. As the boards have stops, I do chiseling and cross cut sawing on them, as well shooting. Other times, I find the workmate top works better, so being able to remove the boards is convenient.

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knockknock

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#3 posted 01-23-2017 10:58 AM

One thing I forgot to add. If you haven’t used a handplane on a workmate yet. Workmate’s are not the best for handplaning. They are light and not very rigid, also the length of board that can be planed is limited. I brace mine against a wall and hold it down with one foot when planing, which can be a dance on longer boards as I switch feet.

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BobBlarney

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#4 posted 01-23-2017 11:36 AM

Thanks for your views. I’ve used accessory bench hooks, extra clamps, and made a mount for vise that can be clamped. But these are just more things to store and lug around. That’s why I think have them ‘built in’ might be better.

Re stability issues while. hand planing, that’s why I often link two workmates (WM) together. One can also put one foot on the step, but that isn’t a very comfortable posture for planing. But there are other things that can be done. On my WMs, the base can be fitted with a 3/4 ply shelf panel, and that can be loaded with tools or weights to increase the stability. A long time ago, I’d made a panel from framed hardware cloth would hold tools and also allow dust to pass through, but that eventually wore out. Another solution could be to make a portable toolbox that fits in that space and provides weight.

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#5 posted 01-23-2017 01:18 PM

Here is a picture of a “milkman’s bench”, for those who never saw one, myself included. Have fun, make some dust.

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