Introduction: Bench Bull - Hand Tools and Scrap Wood!
I purchased this Workmate 425 at a garage sale for $5.00 which I thought was a great buy. It works as it is for many different uses but I found it limited for most of the projects I do. It also caused me to bend while working on it. So when I came home the other day with a bunch of scrap wood I picked up from a construction project I decided to build this Bench Bull.
Tools used Drill motor
1/4 inch wood bit
1/8th-inch wood bit
Elmers wood glue
Carpenters led pencil
various bits to fit wood screws
Step 1: Basic Build Up
I found that two pieces of wood side by side fit the opening of the Workmate with just a 1/2 inch of space to take up by tightening the Workmate. I simply glued and screwed four pieces of wood together. Making the base of the Bull. Then I made 4 10 inch long pieces and glued and screwed them together making 2 separate pieces and glued and screwed them to the base, giving me space between them and at the end allowing me to use clamps. Then I screwed 8 by 10's over the two 10 inch pieces, making one big heavy Bench Bull. I screwed metal plates to the 2 by 10 to keep clamps from destroying the wood. This raised the work surface to a height that allows me to stand straight, and it added weight to the WorkMate that makes it much more stable. The gap between the 2 by 10's are by chance due to using scrap and not cutting any more than I had to. I will find a use for the gap someday. I think by looking at the photos you will be able to custom build one to your needs. I did not go by any plan other than how it looked when I put things together and considered what I wanted to attach to it. I am sure I will modify this as the need arises.
Step 2: First Major Add on to the Bench Bull
I do minor clock repair on vintage Cuckoo clocks and needed to run the works before I reinstall the works into the case. A quick check of the scrap in my garage and simply screwed two pieces of pine to a piece of particle board and hand the works. I will let it run this way for at least 24 hours before reinstalling it into the case. Quick and simple add on's can make a Bench Bull one of the most used tools in your shop.
The clock works stopped from years of running, with the help of my bench bull and work test stand I made the clock works move again. It has been keeping time for several hours now and hopefully keep running for another 10 years.
Participated in the
Make It Move Contest 2017
Participated in the
Hand Tools Only Contest 2017
5 years ago
Awesome bench bull! Keep up the good work!