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A tool for holding tools to sharpen

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by muleman77, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. muleman77


    Jan 24, 2015
    This is something a few of you may have seen. Theres not many around though, so maybe you'll find it interesting.






    It holds McCleods nicely too, but I didn't have one close. They go up in the slotted pipe.

    Comes in handy from time to time :)
  2. phantomknives


    Mar 31, 2016
    hey thats pretty neat
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  3. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    I want one.
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  4. Hacked


    Jun 1, 2010
    Now that's neat, I just use a rope through a hole in my work bench.
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  5. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    Pretty cool.
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  6. Miller '72

    Miller '72

    Jul 25, 2017
    Now that is definetly something to keep an eye out for.
    Thanks Mulemann77 :thumbsup::thumbsup::cool:
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  7. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
    I don't need one, I have a few effective ways that work for me, but holy crap I want one.
  8. Square_peg

    Square_peg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Never seen one. It's super cool and I want it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I just work on a portable Black & Decker Workmate bench with a drop-in vise. It works pretty good. I also keep some squeeze clamps handy for the odd tool that can't find a place in the vise.

  9. Mossyhorn

    Mossyhorn Enlightened Rogue Platinum Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    That is one very usefull tool. Thanks for sharing.
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  10. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
    Ah, the old clamp the vise to the table trick. I have one "permanently" set up like that. I also like the multiple workstations. You need some minions.
  11. Square_peg

    Square_peg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2012

    I've since bolted that vise permanently to a board as a drop-in for the Workmate. That particular Workmate was made a gift to my son-in-law after I found one of the old aluminum h-frame models to replace it. The Workmate on the far right (partially out of the picture) was another one of mine with a vise bolted to a board for quick drop-in. I sold that setup, Workmate and vise to a fellow trailworker who also wanted a portable vise.

    Workmate collectors and enthusiasts have created all sorts of drop-in utility tools for the workmate. Large work tables, vises and shaping tables are the most common, but guys have come up with all kinds of crazy, handy specific drop-ins for their own needs. And a sandbag on the stool makes the whole thing more sturdy when needed.

    Super versatile tool, those old Workmates. Too bad the new ones are so whimpy. If you see and old one at a yard sale, grab it!
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  12. Square_peg

    Square_peg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Here's my current setup. I use this out in the yard for the 'dirty work' before bringing it into my patio shop post vise for the cleaner work.

  13. phantomknives


    Mar 31, 2016

    that'd be an upgrade

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  14. Miller '72

    Miller '72

    Jul 25, 2017
    That is one mean looking vise no matter how you make it work :thumbsup::thumbsup::cool:

    Love the workmate!
    My dad and I have battled for years, mayne 2 decades now, over where HIS workmate table is and why he can't find it...:rolleyes:


    He ultimately threw in the towel and bought a new one a couple years back.
    What? I learned that game from him:cool::D:thumbsup:
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2018
  15. 300Six


    Aug 29, 2013
    I fully agree. I bought a B & D Workmate 200 new in 1985 but that particular one isn't as good some of the half dozen 'tossed' ones I've scavenged from the roadside on garbage day over the past few decades. Early tops were made of somewhat water resistant plywood but B & D switched over to thin-veneered particle board by the 1980s. Leave one of these outside and they're 'done' in short order. But for us opportunists a ruined top is no biggie to replace with real (ideally 7/8" or so thick) wood. Drilling the metric sized holes for the 'dogs' is the worst of it. My first Workmate rebuild incorporated 3/4" White Oak boards (wonderfully rot and weather resistant) and that one was out in the open for over 20 years before the decking began to let go.
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  16. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    I seem to like any "post" with that vise in it :thumbsup:
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  17. Square_peg

    Square_peg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    It's a 6 inch, 85 pounds. Funny thing is I have a 6-1/4" 145 pound vise laying around waiting to take its place and I just haven't been motivated. The 85 pounder does whatever I've needed so far.
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  18. GWashington1732

    GWashington1732 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 20, 2009
    I've been clamping mine in my bike repair stand lately.
  19. Ernest DuBois

    Ernest DuBois

    Mar 2, 2013
    For most of those applications I've got it worked out and am doing fine even without this very cool apparatus but the adze holding function seems, from the photo, a real nice thing. This would resolve a terminal annoyance.

    (Now I'm going to pull a trick I picked up from Agent H for simplifying the reference.)
    When it needs some steadying - not that it might, I don't know - a simple wedge or two in there would do that trick.
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  20. Uncle Timbo

    Uncle Timbo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 2005
    That thing there's, slicker than owl poop.
    Just proves our forefathers didn't need all these fancy dodads we have. (Not that someone has something fancier than this)
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