Surprisingly, this is one of the most popular posts so I made it! Here’s a couple of pictures to whet your appetite, I’ll post more in a day or so when I’ve had a chance to use it. It turned out really well …
As you might have gathered I’m a great fan of the Ron Paulk designs for the ‘Ultimate Workbench’ and the ‘Paulk Total Station’ (apologies for the American hyperbole..). I have been thinking for some time about how the PTS design (which is superb BTW) can be adapted into a super-portable compact worktop. The big selling point for me with the PTS is the ease with which a mitre saw can be set up with usable space around it. I am also a big fan of the Black & Decker Workmate which is a classic design that has survived over the years – much modified by B&D but not really improved upon IMHO!
I always take the B&D w/m with me and have in the past just plonked the mitre saw on it to do a few quick cuts. It occurred to me one day that the w/m would make a good base for a small-ish PTS which could be clamped to the w/m using its jaws. Also, to increase flexibility, the extension arms from my PTS could also be used to further increase surface area for supporting timber being cut. So, here are my thoughts for the B&D Workmate PTS – the B&DWMPTS (I need to work on the acronym..)
An additional advantage with the design is that the B&DWMPTS can be cut from a standard sheet of ply.
I’ll update this post when I start the build but would be interested to hear from anybody who has any thoughts – good or bad!