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With two simple wooden crosspieces, a Workmate becomes a solid and stable sawbuck. 

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The jaws of the Workmate clamp and hold the sawbuck vee pieces securely. 
 

good job simple and easy yo use!

kleinjahr1 year ago
Nice and simple. I see you understand K.I.S.S.
I've been looking for a way to hold sections as I cut bowl blanks, with some modification this could do nicely. Definitely do the nail bit and perhaps use bolts at the joints, so as the workmate closes the log would be held tighter.
triumphman2 years ago
I like the frontloader, I sure could use one! Cool chain saw too. Never seen one like that. Greenworks brand ? Who sells them ?
TinkerJim (author)  triumphman2 years ago
That 12" cordless electric chainsaw did all the cutting shown in the photographs of this Instructable. It's not as fast as gas, but quite capable for small jobs and very very handy! Many sellers on and off line carry it.
IamWe2 years ago
Great idea to expand the multifunctionality of the workmate.
nyx7022 years ago
This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing this. I will be making this soon.

One question. Do you undercut the logs (between the Vs) with this setup? Seems like it would be difficult to not damage the Workmate top.
TinkerJim (author)  nyx7022 years ago
All sawbucks in which the log simply simply rests within vees are intended for cutting only in the downward direction ! It is the presence of the saw pushing down from above and the vees below that captures the log and ensures that the log stays put. So the rule is do not cut from below in any such sawbuck.

As to possible damage to the Workmate surface…well...our 'mate is a veteran of 19 years - purchased when finishing off our present country home. Its surface bears the scars of its long devoted service to us, so no thought was given to maybe adding a few more bruises. It has only happened a few times so far, but avoiding further damage is really a wise idea - thank you for bringing it up !

Why don't we make a sacrificial top to lay down over the good top? A piece of 3/4" plywood placed between the vees and covering both jaws would do the trick. Fastening a cleat to the bottom of this plywood sub-table that just drops into the opening between the jaws of the 'mate would keep it where we want it. Another idea would be to lay a 2x4 on top of each jaw with dowel pegs attached that match and drop into the Workmate holes.
Thanks for the detailed reply! Answered my question and then some.
I know what I am making next. Thanks for posting this simple fix.
Nice! A really simple approach - got to ask if you saw mine?!
TinkerJim (author)  Scarface Claw2 years ago
Yes, I saw your log clamping jaws and admired its elegant design very much - would be especially useful for notching, carving, and really all sorts of shaping work on logs.
temper2 years ago
dear me - THIS is the most useful "why the hell didn't I think of that" instructables in recent memory - thanks
radicalmart2 years ago
a simple but very clever idea. Just what I need . thank you very much.
Breygon2 years ago
great concept. I think I'll be making one of those.
ppatdog2 years ago
This is very clever and useful. The instructions are very clear. Great job!