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New Yankee Miter Bench Vs. Utimate Tool Stand #6: Torsion Box Bench Tops

12-25-2013 10:04 PM by scarpenter002 | 1 comment »

After many hours each week of work involving travel out of town, I have finally had some time of vacation over the holidays to work on my bench tops. I decided to build torsion boxes for the bench tops, using 3/4” plywood for the tops and internal grid and 1/2” plywood for the bottom. The internal grid is 2 3/4” wide strips, notched to interlock. They are attached to the 3/4” plywood top with glue and pocket hole screws. The bottom is attached to the grid...

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Mobile Torsion Box Workbench #3: Torsion Box Top

01-26-2013 09:45 PM by Ron Stewart | 6 comments »

The top of my workbench is a 4” thick torsion box: 3/4” birch plywood panels on either side of a frame of 2.5”x1.5” yellow pine members. When designing the top, these were my primary considerations: I wanted it to be flat and strong, and not too light. I wanted an array of dog holes. I decided that spacing them 6” center-to-center would be good enough for my surface vise. I wanted every dog hole to be in, or backed by, solid wood. That way, even if the h...

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