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Forum topic by Don Broussard posted 07-11-2012 11:28 PM 2435 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don Broussard

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07-11-2012 11:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question workbench

I built a workbench (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/64300) but since it has no vises, it is really a work table. I want/need to add more work holding capability and I was wondering if any other LJs have incorporated a Workmate (or something similar) as an end vise. I have seen others using pipe clamps as vises as well. I have a Wonderdog some hold downs on order to “hold” me over until I make more permanent provisions.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!


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dhazelton

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#1 posted 07-11-2012 11:33 PM

I can’t think how of how someone could incorporate the two, but people are resourceful. If you plane on doing some serious hand planing or chisel work I’d suggest adding some sandbags or other weight to the base of the Workmate for stability.

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#2 posted 07-11-2012 11:37 PM

I am thinking of dismantling a Workmate and reattaching the clamp to my work table. I was thinking that someone had already gone down this path. If not, I am not afraid to be a pioneer . . .

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 07-12-2012 12:49 AM

Nice workbench Don.

Attaching a workmate clamp to your workbench will be awesome.

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#4 posted 07-12-2012 01:01 AM

I don’t know about your WorkMate but the one I have has plastic “nut” that after a little use fail to hold tite.

Good Luck!

Herb

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Don Broussard

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#5 posted 07-12-2012 01:18 AM

Thanks for the comments.

I don’t actually have a Workmate, but I’ve been seeing a few of them on local CL postings. I just got to thinking that it might be possible to use its clamping ability and capacity on my bench. My bench is made of PT lumber, so if I plan to use a vise, I have to be careful about material selection. My dream vises would have wooden screws—I am actually looking at getting two of those.

@HerbC—Thanks for the information about the plastic nut. Maybe the Workmate is not the best idea after all . . .

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#6 posted 07-12-2012 01:21 AM

I would like to see 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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gfadvm

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#7 posted 07-12-2012 02:48 AM

I built the Moxon type vise attached to the front of my bench (see my projects) and it sees a lot of use and has held up well. If I did it over I would use the ACME rod rather than the all thread for speed of adjustment (but I solved that problem by adding power to mine!).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 07-12-2012 03:14 AM

I have a workmate that I use all the time, but it’s quite a bit lower in height than any workbench I’ve ever built—which means I’ve never been able to use them together. If I had bench/table like yours (which is nice by the way), I’d probably just stock up on a few new clamps to serve the same purpose. Some of the newer clamps/widgets are awesome.

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#9 posted 07-12-2012 03:44 AM

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#10 posted 07-12-2012 03:46 AM

I have a Workmate 225. It is about 25 years old…maybe older. I can’t recall when I bought it…two wives ago I think! :-)

I don’t think it would work as a clamp. I usually clamp to firm and stop because I don’t want to break it.

I am in the process of building a new workbench.
This is the vise I am installing.

My blog with progress so far is located here.

Hope this helps.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#11 posted 07-12-2012 05:09 AM

Waho6o9 The first thing i thought when i saw that picture was the thumb getting smashed trying to use the quick release button. lol
I found my quick release vise at a flea market(swap meet) and payed $15.00 for it.
then a few years later i found the same model vise at a salvage/reuse store and payed $5.00 for it.
Only seen this type of vise 2 times in my life and in different states no less.
Just keep looking on CL, yard sales, swap meets and you’ll find what you need for a good price. You don’t have to be too careful what type of material it is. It takes a long time (decades) for PT to do anything that will affect performance on a vise and a bit of paint will prolong it even more.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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Don Broussard

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#12 posted 07-14-2012 01:42 AM

@gfadvm—I like your powered Moxon vise.

@MT_Stringer—That Eclipse vise looks like one of the ones I want/need.

@waho6o9—That “pipe clamp” vise looks interesting, but I want/need one with a dog on the movable jaw.

@OnlyJustME—I am thinking more and more that I’ll just get a “normal” vise and take my chances on PT’s aggressiveness to mild steel or cast iron.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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