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780 days ago

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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 - West Virginia - "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 780 days ago

Here’s what I think of WorkMates:

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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bhog

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#2 posted 780 days ago

LOL @ the tags Sam…......nice

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#3 posted 780 days ago

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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SamuelP

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#4 posted 780 days ago

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 - West Virginia - "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 780 days ago

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 780 days ago

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 780 days ago

LOL—you chauvinist pig, Shane!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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SamuelP

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#8 posted 780 days ago

How about this workmate shane?

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

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bhog

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#9 posted 780 days ago

I would put up with her.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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rustynails

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#10 posted 780 days ago

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

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#11 posted 780 days ago

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 780 days ago

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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SamuelP

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#13 posted 780 days ago

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 - West Virginia - "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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Gene Howe

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#14 posted 780 days ago

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 780 days ago

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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