Torsion Box Assembly Table

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Project by Billp posted 01-01-2008 07:33 PM 10952 views 16 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is from the Woodwhisperer Mark Spabnuolo who made changes to a David Marks design. This is a beast the top is so heavy three of us could hardly lift it. Drawers and cabinets on both sides. Should be great for when I start to veeneer I have a 4’x6’ bag. One year ago I owned a table saw now I have a shop full of equipment. This sight is addictive. Happy New Year everyone I wish you all the best in 2008.

-- Billp

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#1 posted 01-01-2008 07:46 PM

Really nice table Bill.. I need to make one also, along with a lot of other things.. What did you use for the top, bottom, and braces of the torsion box?

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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#2 posted 01-01-2008 08:06 PM

Jamie check out the woodwhispers web sight It has all the direction in a neat video. He is also a lumber jock and his name is Mark Spagnuolo he’s great very talented and funny.

-- Billp

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#3 posted 01-01-2008 08:07 PM

Nice assembly table. Looks like a good set of tools also.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#4 posted 01-01-2008 08:24 PM

Wow, that’s impressive. I remember watching Marks’ show where he built the torsion box. I wanted one, and the space I need to go with it. You have a good looking shop, sir.

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#5 posted 01-01-2008 08:28 PM

Nice looking table, and also your shop looks great.

That table will come in handy.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 01-01-2008 08:36 PM

Great table. I could really use one of these, but I don’t have room in my shop.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 01-01-2008 08:44 PM

Wow, that is great. Awsome storage and workspace.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 01-01-2008 09:23 PM

Yes, you are difinitely addicted. That is too many tools to accumulate in a year’s time. The only cure is to get rid of some of them. Send me your address and I’ll send a truck by to haul some away for you. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 01-01-2008 09:53 PM

Hey,great job Bill, it does look like Marc’s. I saw the videos and wished like crazy I had room for one I really need a good large assembly/work table…I envy your having such a great table…great work.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 01-02-2008 01:26 AM

Hi Bill;

That will be real handy for general assembly, as well as veneering. (not to mention the added storage).

Nice shop!

Happy New Year;


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Myron Wooley

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#11 posted 01-02-2008 08:19 AM

Very nice job, Bill!
I’m making the same table now- the cabinet is done except for the doors and drawers, and the top’s inner gridwork is about 3/4 done. It should be finished next weekend.
I’ve made a few changes, though. I’ll be using it for an outfeed table for my unisaw, so I increased the height to match the saw table. I miscalculated the cabinet height, so I had to reduce the top thickness from 4” to 2 5/8”. I changed the grid members from 3” to 1 7/16” high. I don’t think it will affect the rigidity of the top, and it will be a bit lighter.
I’m also going to build a bridge piece between the saw and the outfeed table that will have the miter slots routed out. That way I won’t have to mangle my brand new tabletop.

-- The days are long and the years are short...

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#12 posted 01-02-2008 04:25 PM

The community here is so supportive it’s like nothing else I have ever encountered, even when they can see your mistakes the men & women here focus on the positive aspects of your project. With that kind of support we are all going to grow in each of our pursuites and it’s going to be a great year. PS Myron you will be glad your table is 2&5/8” thick when it time to lift it can’t wait to see the results.

-- Billp

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#13 posted 01-02-2008 05:17 PM

Well heres another ataboy, if you can stand it. Nice job, looks really cool. Now I want to make one. I”M using an 8 ft. long by 3 ft wide 3 quarter inch thick table to work on right now cause my work bench is to cluttered. I mean piled to high. Take my word for it. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 01-02-2008 10:37 PM

Sweet. Someday I hope to have the space for one!

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Bob A in NJ

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#15 posted 01-22-2008 05:15 AM

Looks like you duplicated it perfectly, nice bench. Congrats, that’s a lot of work. You’ve got some cool tools there, what kind of access to your basement? Hope you have an outside door and not lugging that heavy stuff down some old stairs. Keep up the good work!

-- Bob A in NJ

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