Rolling Torsion Box Assembly Table (Mini-Me)

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Project by MHarper90 posted 03-05-2014 11:46 PM 13011 views 8 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I almost feel bad about posting this after several people commented on my last post ( ) about insufficient space in their shops for even one large table…

But this is the shop at my work and we have the space and NEED the table space.

This is a 2.5’ x 5’ torsion box table on wheels. It is literally built the same way as it’s big brother in my last post, with the addition of wheels and the subtraction of the Shop-Vac cubby and table saw specific features.

I had a blast building it, and it’s already been so useful to roll around the shop. It was also much faster and easier to build than the first table because I already had a flat and true surface to assemble the torsion box on! The first few tasks I’ve put it through is carrying large amounts of wood (I’m working on a mass production project) between the chop saw, table saw, and assembly area. It’s worked well, but my only gripe is that at nearly 200 lbs empty, this table can be a little much to roll around full of materials. The 5” casters have worked great and have handled the fully loaded table even rolling over cords and hoses. Just wish I had a 3rd table on wheels without the weight of the torsion box! (I guess I shouldn’t be greedy…)

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#1 posted 03-06-2014 12:06 AM

Geez, torsion boxes are supposed to be light and straight. 200lbs is heavy for a torsion table. My workbench is only 300lbs solid maple and beech legs.

I guess you could have used 1/2 stock instead of 3/4 mdf, not sure but it probably would have reduced the weight by 1/3, or 1/2 ply on the bottom and 1/2 mdf on top… again more weight saved.

It shouild make an excellent assembly table though.. Wish I had the space for one.. Maybe someday.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 03-06-2014 12:55 AM

Love it bro. I’m actually picking up msg tomorrow to build my own. I like the 2.5×5 size. I may have to steal that from you. Great job

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#3 posted 03-06-2014 03:52 AM

The weight factor really comes from the 3/4” MDF. Honestly the weight of either table, although relatively heavy, has not been a true issue. The big one stays put, like we want it to, an the rolling one rolls quite well. It just takes a little more maneuvering to get it around the tighter area of the shop when it’s fully loaded with raw materials.

I looked for 1/2” MDF and couldn’t find it locally, so I just used 3/4”. But at ~92 lbs/sheet, it adds up fast. There are 6 sheets used between both tables, plus a decent pile of dimensional framing lumber.

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#4 posted 03-06-2014 09:07 AM

Great work on the project…. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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