This is my version of the "many uses of workmate".
I made this about two year ago, and i still use it.
Idea is very simple.
I made two simple decks to it from 2mm thick steel.
Bend the edges so that when the mechanism of the table is fully opened, it locks on its place.
I have used it as a weld table, when i have cut metals with angle grinder etc.
Best thing is that the deck is very fast to remove.
Video in this step shows more.
Step 1: Jigsaw Table...
Second deck i used for mounting jigsaw to it.
I draw the mainlines of the jigsaw to the deck.
Then drilled a hole for the blade, and four holes to connecting the jigsaw.
Step 2: Blade Guide...
To make it better, i made a simple blade guide to support the blade.
Used 6mm alumine and bend it. Placed tight spring to reduce vibration.
Connected the deck to the table from the middle section with four countersunk thump screws.
Those are very fast to remove. This is to reduce vibration of the deck when using high cutting speed.
Blade guard is simply two bearings, 0.5mm cap both sides.
Cap allows blade to bend little when cutting curves, that makes possible to cut curves with lower radius.
"Bounce stopper" is made from the parts from the old fly tying bench.
Blade guide is usefull specially when cutting thicker materials, wood, plastics, metals.
Video in this step shows how it performs with 20mm thick wood and 6mm alumine.
Thanks for checking this out.
Ps.. Of course you can mount a small router etc.. using this way too..
Deck is fast to change, no need for many different tables, if space is limited.