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02-25-2012 11:40 PM

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A thread for that little helper who is always there when you need her.

Full disclosure – I do not own one of these. But, I have heard through repeated forums on this sight how useful they are and how much they are hated. I thought this was an interesting combination. A necessary evil if you will, for those who find themselves short on work space and even shorter on cash for a workbench. Which I find myself in both categories.

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain


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#1 posted 02-26-2012 12:06 AM

Here’s what I think of WorkMates:

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 02-26-2012 12:22 AM

LOL @ the tags Sam…......nice

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#3 posted 02-26-2012 12:33 AM

Mine’s a little over 30 years old now. After I replaced the plywood with oak added more dog holes and made my own oak dogs, it’s one of the most used tools in my shop.
I can’t imagine why anyone would want to burn it.

-- I cut it off 3 times and it's still too short!

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#4 posted 02-26-2012 12:41 AM

Towtruck – Post some pics. Thats what this is all about.

bhog – These things are so useful – cant deny it.

Brandon W – There could not be a better 1st post to this thread.

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#5 posted 02-26-2012 12:56 AM

I have the original Work-Mate and still use it. I did replace the top last year and it’s better than new. I was going to burn it but decided to fix it up instead. Now that I have a nice Maple top on it, it will burn better than the fiberboard it had. But I guess I’ll have to wait a few more years.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#6 posted 02-26-2012 01:12 AM

Ah, workmate of my dreams…about 5’ 11 tall, 130lbs, long brown hair, doesnt complain a lot. Oh wait, wrong forum!

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#7 posted 02-26-2012 01:14 AM

LOL—you chauvinist pig, Shane!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 02-26-2012 01:58 AM

How about this workmate shane?

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#9 posted 02-26-2012 02:29 AM

I would put up with her.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#10 posted 02-26-2012 02:34 AM

Now that workmate is on fire! Hot…Hot… Hot

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#11 posted 02-26-2012 03:05 AM

This belongs in the power tool forum. ;-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#12 posted 02-26-2012 09:55 AM

LOL. I can’t believe you actually did it Sam. I’ll get some pictures posted of mine. Here’s one to be going on with. Mine lives outdoors 365 days a year. I’ve had it for about 25 years. During that time, I’ve hit it repeatedly with a hammer, sawn into it, drilled into it and slopped all kinds of products all over it. I’ve stood on it, sat on it, knelt on it, even made love on it once. You could say, we’ve been through a lot together.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#13 posted 02-26-2012 12:37 PM

Brit – Yours is probably my biggest influence for how useful they are. If anyone looks into your restorations and then sees what you have to work with; that is what inspiration is. The quality of work you have achieved with much less than anyone would expect. (I love that auger set by the way.)

I will be looking at flea markets and garage sales this summer for one of my own. I hope it is in rough shape so that I can do a rehab on it.

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#14 posted 02-26-2012 01:49 PM

My shop boasts two of them. Why? I don’t know. I couldn’t pass on the yard sale deal. $20.00, new in the unopened box. Some day, I may find a use for both at the same time.
At 71, I no longer have the dexterity for Brit’s more pleasurable use….at least fort two at the same time.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#15 posted 02-26-2012 02:06 PM

I got mine as a gift from my (former) father-in-law. It has become an invaluable tool in many circumstances, but mainly when I need something clamped in one spot so that I can do some surgery on it, or those moments when I need more work area…that thing is sitting there folded up, waiting to jump into the action. I probably use it at some point on every project.

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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