Making the Workmate 1000 usable

I bought a Workmate 1000 because the reviews were more favorable than the other Workmate benches, and the other portable benches didn't fare a whole lot better.

The main complaint I saw, and that I ended up experiencing firsthand, is that the bolts that hold down the moving part of the table screw into plastic, and they strip very easily. If you try to tighten things in the table with some force, they will start pulling out eventually. It didn't take very long in my case.