Inventor of the Workmate dies

  carver 10:56 20 Feb 2011

Been reading this click here and didn't know he also designed the original Lotus Elan.

  Quickbeam 11:01 20 Feb 2011

I wonder if the undertakers will use one to make his final celestial vehicle?

  spuds 11:10 20 Feb 2011

The Workmate is one of the best bits of kit going, but I thought Colin Chapman was the Lotus designer?.

  carver 12:52 20 Feb 2011

Thats cruel, cruel but made me laugh

  uk-wizard 15:37 20 Feb 2011

No, they need two of them for his catafalque.

  Pineman100 17:16 20 Feb 2011

For many years, a friend of mine had Black & Decker's contract to make the plywood jaws for the workmate.

He's a very wealthy man.

  jakimo 17:28 20 Feb 2011

I bought mine in 1976 and still in use, the timber working service has been replaced many times,it has to be the most useful of all the DIY aids

  spuds 19:00 20 Feb 2011

I bet the manufacturers and importers of replicas are very wealthy as well.

  ton 19:25 20 Feb 2011

I bought mine in 1976. All still original. It has been outside all this winter but woodwork still seems ok. A very good bit of kit.

  Simsy 19:36 20 Feb 2011


I've replaced the "wood" jaws just twice... both times with ply, rather than chip.

It's been very extensively used, and a couple of the plastic components are broken/missing... but it still gets used regularly...

I originally bought it to use as a bench for an engine repair... 1963 Hillman Minx 1600, but it's had other engines, gearboxes and various plumbing, electrical and woodworking projects amongst its uses.

And it's also served as a picnic table!

Maybe not the best diy tool ever... but certainly the best value one!



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