|Project by twobyfour16||posted 12-15-2014 11:55 PM||5007 views||24 times favorited||19 comments|
After watching the Wood Whisperer’s video on Torsion Box Assembly Table, I put it on the list of projects to get done. I work in a space-limited 2-car garage, although no cars ever live in there. I was in desperate need of more storage space, and this was the solution. It also doubles as the outfeed table for my Sawstop.
I had some black walnut lumber that I acquired some time ago (cheap) because of poor color match on the edge gluing – it was all 1×8 – 7ft to 8 ft pieces. So I decided to use that & jumped in. Bought a sheet of 3/4” walnut plywood (Shop grade), a couple sheets of 3/4” maple ply, one sheet of 1/2” maple ply, and 3 sheets of 3/4” Ultra-light MDF for the top
Here’s the walnut ply
Started cutting up the ply & edge banding the parts that were going to show.
Customized the plans a bit to fit my space & decided to run a dust collection pipe from the end furthest away from where my table saw will be – so I cut a the ply to create a little “tunnel” for a 4” dust collection pipe.
Built it pretty much exactly how the Wood Whisperer did, although I made adjustments to accomodate 6 leveling feet (my garage slopes slightly from back to front, which was going to cause some leveling problems).
Had a bunch of Sapele left over, so used that to build the drawer boxes – with 1/2” maple ply for the bottoms
Drawer fronts out of Walnut, then onto the torsion box top – modified from WoodWhisper plan, but basically the same construction method. Really glad I went with the lighter MDF.
Put a sheet of black laminate (formica) on the top, and trimmed the whole top with black walnut. Screwed the walnut trim in & plugged the holes with some random dowel I had laying around.
Finished dimensions are 48” wide and 76” long. 14 drawers with full extension heavy duty slides, 4 doors, and a lot of space. I don’t have my dust collection finished yet, and I still need to cut grooves in for the miter gauge on the outfeed of the table saw, but I already love this thing. Space is great, and some place to work on projects. Very pleased with the finished project. I suppose some people may say it was a waste of walnut & sapele mahogany, and they are probably right – but I didn’t have to buy any lumber for it, and I like how it turned out – it will get years of hard use.
Thanks for looking. Comments, suggestions, ideas are always welcome – I’m still working out the ‘kinks’ in my woodworking skills.
-- Allan, Portland, OR