• Apr 9th 2011 at 11:03AM
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Dexter Work Sled – Click above to watch the video after the break

Anyone who's tried a creeper when working under a car knows that it's far from a perfect solution. Designer Stéphan Angoulvant saw an opportunity to improve upon the status quo for casual users and car enthusiasts alike. After testing an inexpensive, commonly bought creeper, it became clear to Angoulvant just how much these units hinder, rather than help.
The thought process that brought the Dexter Work Sled to fruition pondered how to develop an emotional tie (other than anger and frustration) to our creepers. From there, the "what ifs" included a wearable vest with tank treads, and finally settled on a hammerhead shark-inspired shape rendered in molded plywood like the famous Eames chairs.
The result is a creeper that's beautiful and functional, with integrated magnets and LED work lights. The wheels have been pushed out to the sled's edges, allowing them to be larger, and an easy-to-use brake lets users really crank down on stubborn fasteners without having their work platform slip out from under them. Of course, it's a nice-looking piece on its own, and it'd be a shame to stain it with oil spills. Check out a video of the sled in action (with a slick mid-'60s Lincoln) after the jump.

[Source: Core77]

Dexter from Stéphan Angoulvant on Vimeo.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Pleasantly surprised by the quality of the video.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can you buy it? It just looks like a design pitch.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd like to know too! That's an incredible advance in creeper design!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dogbone is better and I think made in the US. I cant say the same for this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No trays == deep fail.

      Modern cars have tons of plastic bits, from nuts to clips, you have to remove and containing them requires a tray of some sort, not just a strong magnet. Never mind the fact that the embedded magnets will preclude the use of magnetic trays...... And top of it - the light color will be instantly dirty.

      Looks like form over function - the dogbone creeper is a better design if you're looking for a comfortable low profile creeper.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Comes with free scalpel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      #2kool4skool ! actually speaking of school ;].. I'm sharing this with my customers mgmt team at the FirstStudent yards for their technicians considerations too.. If I was still doing mechanic line work I did in me 'yute'.. I'd be drooling over this compared to all the creepers I uses to be stuck with.. ;]]
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do want!
      • 4 Years Ago
      available or not, i'll be adding magnetic pads to mine.. thanks for the inspiration!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very innovative. I would love one. The Craftsmen creeper I have now has turned into a dolly because it is too high, very uncomfortable, and moves when I dont want it to.
      As Craig said above. Can you buy it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      SSSSSSSSSSSSSssssssssssssssssssSSSSSSSSSsssssss that's a nice sssssssssssled you got there, it's would be a sssssssssssssSSSSSSSSSshhhame if sssssssSomthing happened to it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My creeper, which I bought new, is 55 years old, & the one pictured is certainly a beauty,
      but relatively inexpensive lifts have negated the need for creepers in most shops, even private ones.