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Old 10-10-2012, 18:19   #16
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Re: Portable Workbench Ideas

I'm lucky enough to have bought a Black & Decker Workmate Shop Box. Got a picture of it here:
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I don't think they are still selling them but, you may be able to find them on Ebay etc... I find it is the perfect size for projects on board also has a nice storage space inside.
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I use a Dremel Workbench and or Dremel Vice for small jobs. A Triton SuperJaws for big jobs. The SuperJaws is an extremely versatile tool. Folds up for storage in the boat. Holds things. Acts as a vice, or a press. With engineers jaws, can belt it with a very large hammer. Clamp a piece of ply in it as a work surface. Etc. Can be set up on any surface..boat deck, marina finger, beach.

There is an American version of the SuperJaws, forget the name. Designed by the two Aussies who designed the SuperJaws...there is a story behind that.

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I like the look of the Super Jaws. I see a few different manufacturers with something similar. It looks real solid. Triton Tools | Work Support | SJA200 | SuperJaws Portable Clamping System
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Old 10-10-2012, 18:37   #18
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Re: Portable Workbench Ideas

It's called a Jawhorse and made by Rockwell. Seems it's a copy of the Triton one, but available here with no problem. I haven't used mine on the boat, but it's great for anything you need.
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A Triton SuperJaws for big jobs. The SuperJaws is an extremely versatile tool. Folds up for storage in the boat. Holds things. Acts as a vice, or a press. With engineers jaws, can belt it with a very large hammer. Clamp a piece of ply in it as a work surface. Etc. Can be set up on any surface..boat deck, marina finger, beach.
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OK is it really as awesome as it looks or do the pictures make it look more than it really is... Because that looks COOL. Trying to find a folded up picture....
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Re: Portable Workbench Ideas

Sara, pictures are here...
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OK is it really as awesome as it looks or do the pictures make it look more than it really is... Because that looks COOL. Trying to find a folded up picture....
Yes, its a very smart and heavily made tool. Another image here http://www.tocact.org.au/images/products/sj4.jpeg
The question is whether you have room on your boat for it. It folds up, but not all that compactly. I store mine in a Vberth locker, and put other tools inside the folded legs. If doing metal work...bending sheet, welding/brazing, grinding, etc, the engineers jaws are a very useful accessory. This tool is heavy duty.

The story behind the American version is an indictment of Australian business practice. The Triton company was created from scratch by a very smart, innovative Australian called George, who had a passion for quality. About 10 years ago George sold Triton (in very good shape) to GMC, an Austalian company noted for low quality tools, and imports from China. At the time of sale, the Super Jaws had just been introduced, patent pending. GMC failed to follow through with the patent. The American company swooped in, grabbing the two designers of the Super Jaws, and promptly produced the American version.

GMC subsequently went into receivership, The Triton business was sold to a UK firm, with Kinchrome handling the Australian side of things. Both the Uk firm and Kinchrome deal in quality, so it looks like Triton will survive. The range of Triton tools is impressive.

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Interesting. I have the original version, which does not fold up as compactly as the current version. Improvements have been made.
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Re: Portable Workbench Ideas

A week or two into this haulout I bought a B&D Workmate 225.

Pros

- It does fold up pretty small - I am hauling it back and forth in a Rav 4 with a ton of other boat crap in it
- sets up in 5 seconds
- Useful for small jobs
- Built in jaws for that third hand when needed
- Don't have to scrounge any sawhorses every week at the boatyard
- Relatively cheap although I paid a ridiculous premium for it here locally

Cons
- Advertised at 450 pounds capacity - doesn't seem that way. I may stand on it this weekend and see if it breaks
- The bottom legs fold out but just seem flimsy
- Haven't tried attaching a bench vise or drill press on top and using it as a real work platform. Most work to date has been grinding and sanding the boat. Fiddly stuff starting next week
- It is a bit short. Standing and working on this all day may give tall people a back ache. It is also a bit high to use a standard chair to sit and work.

Here's a couple of photos. George used it to good effect clamping various bits of stainless to it for polishing work.

All in all a worthwhile bit of kit although to keep on board you'd need to find a pretty good sized locker - double check the folded dimensions.
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Here is what works well for me....I can also stand on this when mounted outboard and fish. I weigh 193 lbs after tonite's dinner...
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Here is what works well for me....I can also stand on this when mounted outboard and fish. I weigh 193 lbs after tonite's dinner...
If that were me I'd be losing a dozen spanners and countless bolts over the stern each year.

I am such a klutz I'd be putting the nuts, bolts and spanners under the platform on the seat -
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OK is it really as awesome as it looks or do the pictures make it look more than it really is... Because that looks COOL. Trying to find a folded up picture....
Hey I have used one quite a bit and they are great. Built like a brick outhouse (at least the one I had was).
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Re: Portable Workbench Ideas

Thanks for the link DeepFrz!

I have an old beat up B&D table but it has gotten pretty rickety over the years. And the platform, made of a partial board has begin to swell and delam...

I might want to ask Santy fer one of these.... with the tray accessory...
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Re: Portable Workbench Ideas

Sometimes I take my Shopsmith to dock jobs that are away from the shop. Probably overkill for the average user and a bit much in a dinghy, but serious equipment. For just bench space a couple of ply scraps and some good folding sawhorses is usually fine, and easy to transport. I also use a large rolling toolbox that will take a vise on the lid.


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I have a book somewhere, something like "A 100 projects for your boat". One of them was building a workbench in the v berth using 3/4" plywood drilled so you could mount a vice when needed that folds down over the v berth when in use and hinged so it folds up against the hull when not.
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That would be cool, only I hate sawdust on my sheets...

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