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Bike stand built from 1x4, 2x4 and 2x6 construction lumber designed to fit a Workmate. Cost - since I had scrap lumber, about a dollar for a couple of carriage bolts and wing nuts. Took longer to document in SketchUp than to build, but it was good practice for using SketchUp. One advantage of this design is it can be broken down and hung from a nail in the garage for storage.

Don't have a Workmate. Check out http://bluecollarmtb.com/2005/03/02/bike-repair-stand-blue-collar-style/
 
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Step 1: Arms

Cut two pieces of 1x4 24 inches long for the arms.
One arm has two 3/8 dia holes drilled in it 6 1/4 inches from the end and 3/4 inches from the top and bottom.
Use these holes as a guide to drill the upright and other arm after everything is assembled.
Cut two pieces of 2x4 3 1/2 inches long for the spacer blocks.
Screw the arms to the spacer blocks so there's a gap in the arm assembly for the upright to fit through snugly.

Step 2: Upright

Cut a 2x6 30 inches long for the upright.
Cut two pieces of 2x4 15 inches long for the support blocks.
Attached the support blocks to the upright 2 inches from the bottom of the upright.

Note: As an alternative, attach the support blocks flush with the bottom of the upright, then the stand could be clamped to the edge of a workbench

Step 3: Final Assembly

Slide the arms over the upright and use the holes you drilled in the one arm as a guide to drill holes through the upright and the other arm.
Drill a series of evenly spaced holes down the upright so the height of the arms can be adjusted.
Attach the arms to the upright using two 4 inch long 3/8" carriage bolts, washers and wingnuts.
Clamp the whole thing in the Workmate as shown. You can also clamp the back of the support blocks down to the Workmate table for extra support.
bdonlin9 months ago
Genius! I've been looking for something for my workmate. I agree with the bolt at the end of the boards to clamp the seat post. Other than that, this is awesome!
ggarnier2 years ago
I'm not clear on how it connects to the WorkMate - does it get clamped between the two parts of the WM's deck?
coltpython4 years ago
Hell of an idea!, minor variations if need-be, like you could use rigid conduit instead of wood, i think instead of screwing it together, i would use 1/2" holes, top and bottom and send 3/8"X4"? bolts thru, for easy take down and transport. Also at the very end of the top two horizontal boards, put another thru-bolt on the outside of the seat post, once the bike is in place, insert the bolt and tighten down with a wing nut and youre gravy!:)
radiorental8 years ago
If you arent planning on bolting the base down then it needs to extend both to underneath the bike and out to either side. Otherwise this will just topple over as soon as you try to get that ceased cable off, for example. 2nd point, small thing, but the bike's seat post clamp will fudge up using a c-clamp there, but it should bite the frame below no worries.
JeffG (author)  radiorental8 years ago
The base of the WorkMate extends underneath and to either side of the bike. The bike hangs above the step on the front of the WorkMate. But you're right, if you really need to crank on the bike it's best to clamp the rear of the support blocks to the rear jaw of the WorkMate. I have an extra long seat post and the seat post clamp doesn't get in the way. But if it is a problem clamp to the seat tube or cut a notch in the end of the arms so they're narrower there.
ewilhelm8 years ago
Would you be willing to post your SketchUp files?
JeffG (author)  ewilhelm8 years ago
It's now in the Google 3D Warehouse