Torsion Top Workbench

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Project by Bud posted 08-27-2009 07:57 AM 7515 views 32 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No Jointer No Planer No Glue-ups No Joinery Cheap Light Flat Stable No Racking. Quick Build.

The bench is 8’X30”X33”-38” (L,W,H); It cost me about $60 to make but I already had the screw for the wagon vise.


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#1 posted 08-27-2009 09:11 AM

excellent idea! If you want it to really help first time woodworkers, a blog about the construction would help many.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#2 posted 08-27-2009 12:56 PM


-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#3 posted 08-27-2009 01:31 PM

I think this is a very good idea. If I were a betting man I’d wager more week end wood workers will build this bench rather than the standard heavy duty variety.

-- Knowledge Is Responsibility

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#4 posted 08-27-2009 02:00 PM

Hey Bud,
Blog it for the boy’s…...well done.

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#5 posted 08-27-2009 02:25 PM

Great idea. It looks very well built and should last a life time. For the price, you can’t beat it. Well done and thanks for posting! I agree, a blog would be great.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#6 posted 08-27-2009 02:32 PM

Very similar to mine for the top, though I used torsion boxes for the base as well so it is rock solid. I like the tail vise on yours, still trying to decide what I’m going to do for mine.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#7 posted 08-27-2009 03:24 PM

Looks good. The skidding willl stop when it pushes up against the wall!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 08-27-2009 04:43 PM

It came out great.

A wonderful addition to your shop.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#9 posted 08-27-2009 06:41 PM

I have ran across plans for a bench similar to this in concept. To get the stability of the bench up they added a hollow shelf along the bottom build very similar to the top of this bench, but before adding the top layer of ply they loaded it up with bags full of sand. Now that I am trying to learn how to hand plane, I really need a bench and I have been thinking about trying to build something similar to this. Nice work.

-- James -

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#10 posted 08-27-2009 07:33 PM

Thanks for checking it out guys. I considered making a torsion box for the shelf but once I put the legs on they were SOLID. This thing doesn’t rack. I hadn’t considered the sand thing though, that’s actually a really good idea.


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#11 posted 08-27-2009 10:37 PM

I’m the typical weekender wood worker who could really use this type of bench. I can’t see paying the big bucks for the king of benches, and I am really limited on space. I need to tear out a bench shelf that exists (without a vice) and replace it with this torsion box design to include a vice.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#12 posted 08-27-2009 11:04 PM

A great idea. Benches like yours also make great assembly tables, because your can assemble your furniture items on a flat surface and leave them there untill all assembled.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 08-28-2009 04:11 AM

I really like this bench. It doesn’t look too heavy to move, and seems built rigidly tough. I like learning from the pros at LJ.

-- Skillet, Louisiana

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#14 posted 08-28-2009 04:26 AM

Hey, That is fantastic. I agree that you should do a blog on it for some of the new woodworkers who don’t have a good, solid bench yet.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#15 posted 08-28-2009 11:10 AM

Wonderful idea. This is the kind of thing that makes woodworking more accessible, especially to younger folks who need good stuff at a low price.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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