Garage Organization #1: 8' x 24" x 4" torsion box above PM66 and Unisaw for Drill Press and Miter saw: Test Run

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 06-04-2018 04:33 AM 1001 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Garage Organization series Part 2: what has kept me busy since summer Lean-To Shed project: »

Instead of making new blog series for specific aspects in my 2 car garage (like drill press cart, miter saw cabinet, etc), I’ll just start doing stuff in this blog since it’s an ongoing thing with too many different paths.

Ever in search of saving real estate in my cluttered 2 car garage, I saw a picture of a 1 car garage with a small saw and miter saw above the table. This would save much precious real estate to double things up (somewhat like a fliptop table). The person could not use the area underneath the table in front of the table saw because of legs so it limited the person for rip width. That got me thinking…. no legs underneath. But the table would have to be strong to hold up machinery. I’ve done a 4’x4’ assembly table (since decommissioned due to taking up too much space) and miter saw 4’ wings made out of torsion box construction. This time, top skin and bottom skin would be much lighter than 3/4” MDF I’ve used throughout previous boxes. I went 1/4” skins, 3/4” ribs. Wow…much much lighter and still super strong. But how to hold it up without legs underneath to clear outfeed for my PM66 and Unisaw? 1000lb rated, 20” brackets on top. 3 of them, probably will add #4 and #5 eventually just to even out downwards gravity. Also will probably add 1 or 2 swing out arms to help support when not using table saws. I have my 10” Delta drill press and 12” Bosch miter saw sitting up now, just to see if still there tomorrow :) Very stout and I think it would hold forever, but safety says I should double up on things. Btw, the 4” bolts through the brackets have plywood backing underneath. I do not think it would of been wise to rely on just the 1/4” MDF skin :) And the torsion box sits on a 8’ 2×4” against the wall for additional support.
The temporary trashcan and DIY homemade support brace in the bucket sit 1/8” under the table, just incase something goes wrong in the next 24 hours. These brackets are rated 1000lbs each but that is when they are used underneath, not over the top like this situation.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 06-04-2018 02:40 PM

You could run a steel cable at each corner up to the rafters or even a long all-thread rod

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#2 posted 07-10-2018 12:28 AM

Ron..that’s a good idea! Might have to try that.
I have since removed the drill press as it seems not to safe to have drill & miter saw on the torsion box. I made an error in torsion box which means I may have to trash it. Now, with your idea of long all thread or steel cable…. replacing it should be easy with laminated countertop (thinner structure which means sitting 2-3” lower).
Thanks :)

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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