Add a cleat to a piece of plywood or particle board and you can extend the surface area of your Workmate. You'll lose the clamping ability, but you'll gain a bigger surface for gluing up projects, sorting materials or even sticking the kids in the dining room on their own table at Thanksgiving.

Workmate also sells a center panel that extends your surface area but this kludge is easily made from scraps.

Another option would be to mount a tool on the spare top and save storage space in tight workshop quarters. Having a cleat would likely be irritating in this situation since it would interfere with flat storage, so a center panel may work better for, say, mounting a drill press on the table.

I like the cleat version because I'm not limited by the width of the jaws in making my top, and my jaws are usually close together, making it faster to clamp the cleat instead of a wider panel.

Step 1: Flip it

Add a cleat to underside of your top. I used glue and screws, being careful not to use too long a screw.
Hmmm. This is a good idea! You could make custom table tops for whatever your hobby is. For example I make necklaces. I could have a table top with routed out U shapes to hold the beads in place while I'm designing.
or insted of wood use a piece of square tubing and a piece of sheet metal that would make a perfect welding table
A beading table would be handy (maybe that would inspire me to rehab our Athabaskan mocs!).<br/><br/>I've used mine as a temporary TV stand, sewing table and portable workspace for building PCs.<br/><br/>And for making StickMops of course. :-) <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.stickmop.com/">http://www.stickmop.com/</a><br/>
In my opinion this Instructable is worth of being "Featured". Congratulations! Isaco

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