Dating workmates

I have had workmates for the last 30 yrs and use them for many things.

If a power tool weighs less than 200 lbs and can be mounted on a 2x4 I have probably mounted it to my workmate- table saw, band saw, drill press etc.

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I took a photo to show you, but server maintenance at Instructables has disabled the upload feature. There is a gray metal tab you want to depress simultaneously on both the right and left sides of the Workmate.

Lift the top of the Workmate as you do until it clicks into place. What if instead you install two cleats in the underside, each one near an opposite edge of the board. Would you want to use the Workmate to support other tools?

The gray metal tabs have semi-circular ends and are about the size of the end of your fingers. Then, instead of turning the handles to make the WM surfaces clamp the cleat, you turn the handles the other way and EXPAND the workmate surfaces until each surface presses against a cleat. That might affect what you would do and how you would do it. I’ve used a Workmate this way for a number of tools.

I wonder if 150 years from now, some expert will make his fortune collecting and dating antique workmates. E.g., Ridgid Sander, Bosch router table, Dremel scroll saw, Delta mortiser, Porter-Cable Omnijig Joinery tool etc.

Typically I attach the base more or less permanently to the tool, as shown in the photos above.

But because the base adds weight to each tool, I plan next to remove all the bases from each tool and make a “master’ base that can be used with any/all of the tools.

This will reduce the weight I have to lift to put each tool on the Workmate after installing the “master” base.

Another option, especially for something tall or heavy, like a drill press, is to use the De Walt mobile planer stand # DW7350.

This is a very good stand that sometimes come “free” when you buy the De Walt planer.

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