My "Workmate" (at least that's what I _think_ they call those foldable
work tables with the surface consisting of two mating surfaces attached to a
horizontal vice) has a damaged surface, and I would like to replace it.
What would be a reasonable thing to replace the top with? Would MDF be
acceptable ? Something harder? Or with a surface?
I'm afraid it's a bit of a newb question, but I haven't worked a lot of
these materials much, and am unsure what it apropriate.
The major immediate use of this will be the holder for my new Katie Jig.
Just the Black & Decker original. The original, and still by far the
They're made with either plywood, MDF or chipboard tops. The plywood
ones are by far the best (less sagging, less trouble with damp) so
that's what I'd use to replace them.
Die Gotterspammerung - Junkmail of the Gods
I plane on using the top of my Workmate as a template (before it gets
too beat up) to make a top made out of maple. Maple makes great tops
for WWing benches so why not for the Workmate?
On Wed, 15 Oct 2003 01:06:13 +0100, Andy Dingley
After my MDF top went south on my BD Workmate (one of the nicer
models, but I can't remember the number. It has a 3-part top), I
replaced it with three sections of 2x SYP, ripped to the proper widths
(using the originals as templates), then crosscut to make the table
slightly wider. Bored holes for dogs wherever I felt like (don't care
for the BD original locations). Used the same mounting gear on the
bottom from the originals, then belt-sanded the top until level,
splashed on some shellac followed by a coat of paste wax. The new top
is sturdy, a bit heavier (good), and has taken all my abuse so far
"2x" just means any dimensional lumber that is two inches (one side)
by whatever (other side), as in 2" x 4", or 2" x 6", 2" x 8", 2" x
10", and 2" x 12". Those are the common (dimensional) lumber sizes
you'll find used for most construction jobs and available at any
lumber supply source.
SYP= Southern Yellow Pine, a fairly sturdy type of pine used for
I used that for my workmate because it was cheap, fairly sturdy, but
most importantly, it's what I had on hand. You can usually find large
enough scraps of this stuff for free at any construction site.
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Mine is bamboo, and very tough. Depending on the age of yours, it
may be something different.
I'd use 3/4" oak or bamboo flooring, edge glued, and while I'm making
parts. If you use MDF, you'll need to protect the edges. This could
be a PITA with smaller pieces like the Workmate parts. Also, you
can't get the MDF wet. MDF works great for larger workbench tops,
with hardwood edging applied.
Since you need so little, look for an open or orphaned box at a
flooring store. Prefinished bamboo or oak flooring is only about $5-6
a square foot retail. If they only have a few square feet left, you
may even get it for free. Heck, the strips don't even have to be the
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