Black & Decker Workmate

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The Black & Decker Workmate is a general purpose portable workbench and general carpentry tool manufactured under the brand Black & Decker.wikipedia
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The Black & Decker Workmate is a general purpose portable workbench and general carpentry tool manufactured under the brand Black & Decker.

Ron Hickman

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When invented, the designer Ron Hickman had difficulty convincing anyone to market the Workmate, and sold them himself at trade shows.
However, he is best known for his design of a wood-working bench called the Black & Decker Workmate.

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The Black & Decker Workmate is a general purpose portable workbench and general carpentry tool manufactured under the brand Black & Decker.

Screw thread

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The table top consists of two wooden jaws, one of which is fixed and the other able to be moved in and out on threaded rods operated by handles, so it can be used as a bench vice to hold wood, metal and other parts while working on them.

Miter saw

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Its edges are printed with measures and angles, and although it cannot be used as a mitre saw the jaws are wide enough to hold one or take a mitre box.

Mitre box

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Its edges are printed with measures and angles, and although it cannot be used as a mitre saw the jaws are wide enough to hold one or take a mitre box.

Ideal Home Show

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He had his first breakthrough in 1968, after convincing a DIY magazine to let him exhibit at the Ideal Home Exhibition in London, which enabled him to sell 1,800 units that year.

Royalty payment

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Ron Hickman received a royalty of about 50 pence (£0.50, sterling) for each Workmate sold, and became a wealthy man.

Peter Ralph Randall

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The monitoring, it seems, was carried out by an attractive young woman from the South African Embassy in Bonn, who befriended Randall at the Book Fair and subsequently followed him to England, then to Jersey (where he visited his brother-in-law, Ron Hickman OBE, the designer of the Lotus Elan sports car and inventor of the Black and Decker Workmate), and finally back to South Africa, where she left government service and became a drama teacher.