Torque WorkCentre #4: Officially Up and Running

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Blog entry by dustbunny posted 10-11-2010 01:21 AM 4689 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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She is all aligned X, Y, and Z.
It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be to align.
I was dragging my feet because I don’t enjoy calibrating machinery.
Alignment was simple and only took me less than 45 minutes.

The table top is two sheets of MDF stacked. I left the lower one 8 ft and cut the upper one to the length of the bed 79” and butted countertop to it over the cabinet.
I routed the lower table with slots to fit the width of a carriage bolt head with a washer. Then put a second layer on the table of MDF and routed slots between two drilled holes to drop the carriage bolt into.
Homemade T-track.

I was so excited at how well the Torque preformed routing the slots with my router.
It is like the difference between a wading pool and an Olympic pool. There is so much room, and I can actually see what the router is doing; not to mention I don’t have to feed the workpiece into the router or hang onto the router freestyle. I am free !! I set my stops X,Y,Z pulled the arm towards me…..DONE.
This is so amazing and awesome, and my brain has gone wild with all the things I can do now.

I plunked the door frame for the Torque cabinet onto the bed, clamped it down, set my stops, and I routed a recess for the caning I am putting on the door to be covered with Plexiglas. This whole set up and cut took me about ten minutes. It would have been near impossible for me to get this so clean and accurate on my router table.

I put a piece of countertop on the overhang of the lower MDF to use as a place to work. Still working on the drawers for the inside of the cabinet. I took some video of me routing the frame, now I will try to figure out how to upload and edit.

I did myself in for the day…


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#1 posted 10-11-2010 01:30 AM

looks good there girl

and your excitement shines thru

i slept all day myself

glad you are finding fun things to do
with the work center

is there a shop cleaning attachment ?

i could use one of them lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 10-11-2010 01:34 AM

Congratulations on your successful new addition!
You look pooped… and so does your helper!!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 10-11-2010 01:35 AM

Yes !!
There is a broom clip on the end of the table : )

Thanks David,


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#4 posted 10-11-2010 01:36 AM

WooHoo. Congrats.

“She is all aligned”.... I knew the Torque was a girl. I just knew it. Did you get the pink bearing covers?

I am jealous all over,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 10-11-2010 01:41 AM

Did you notice the big box under my girl ?
It’s another Torque just waiting for you to bring her home !!

I actually have someone coming to look at mine and possibly take her home,
but I could order you one…..


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#6 posted 10-11-2010 02:30 AM

Autumn That’s really you isn’t it ? LOL
Cool work center Lisa

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 10-11-2010 02:36 AM

congrats…cant wait to see what you do with it….your crew looks might pooped also…i hope your watching the labor laws with them childrens…lol…grzz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 10-11-2010 03:20 AM

That is a tiny little baby ma-roww in your lap. So what’s its name?

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#9 posted 10-11-2010 07:10 AM

Now that you have it aligned there will be no stopping you… and now that you realise just how easy everything can be with TWC…
Looking forward to the Video… do us proud..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#10 posted 10-11-2010 07:57 AM

you and your helper look very excited and antusiastic
wondering how you look in relaxing mode

the table looks good now a critic rewiew and what to avoid
when throwing one of these beasts together, don´t let Larry come easy to his money…......LOL

congrat´s Lisa


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#11 posted 10-11-2010 11:51 AM

For some reason my family likes to take pictures of me sleeping in the recliner.
The kitten is Bibby. We adopted her after we rescued her and four others.
She had one eye removed due to a bad infection to both eyes.
Bibby was a keeper because the dogs love her….and we do too.

Thanks everyone for the positive feedback,
Torque on….


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#12 posted 10-11-2010 01:56 PM

Great work Lisa! I’m sure you’ll get the Torque to perform lots of “magic” tricks in the coming days.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#13 posted 10-11-2010 03:23 PM

There is no stopping you now Lisa. Your progress looks good.

No more napping, you have work to do!


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#14 posted 10-11-2010 03:31 PM

ugh… alignments… I don’t really care much for those , and I actually need to align and calibrate my lathe. but it seems like it was fairly straight forward and simple to get through for you, and sounds like the TC is going to be a great asset. congrats!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#15 posted 10-11-2010 08:04 PM

Looks wonderful with a little nap in the ‘zoo’.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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