Torsion Box Assembly Table (TWW Inspired)

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Project by Jon McGrath posted 12-26-2010 11:56 PM 4269 views 15 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just adding some completed projects. This is my Torsion Box assembly table. I saw this table originally some time ago on the Wood Works show on DIY by the master, David Marks. Always wanted to put it together, then came across Marc Spagnuolo and The Wood Whisperer – Marc did a fantastic build through on the table and a cabinet type base. After watching that 2 or 3 times, it HAD TO HAPPEN LOL! Again, some fantastic inspiration from David Marks and then same with Marc along with his highly engaged video series made this a great project. It is a tank – I chose to use 3/4 MDF doubled up on top and bottom, with 3/4 MDF struts or supports. I used doubled up 2×6’s glued and joined down to 3×5 for legs and 2×8 as stretchers. Went on to follow Marc’s advice and placed a replaceable top – 1/4 hardboard wrapped in Oak. Solid, straight – made an immediate impact in projects – really – no reason for me to sell the benefits except that is was immediate! So if you have the means – do yourself a favor – I have attached TWW website link if you are unfamiliar and you can see the volume of learning available including the 2 part series on this very table.

Good luck, if I can help or offer any other info – don’t hesitate to hit me up!

-- Jon

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#1 posted 12-27-2010 12:06 AM

Nice job on the table.

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#2 posted 12-27-2010 12:10 AM

Great job. I really need to make one of these. Every surface (except for my table saw) is just a little off here and there. Thanks for the reminder and the pictures!

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#3 posted 12-27-2010 12:18 AM

Thats a great shop accessory if you have the space for it – nicely done!

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

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#4 posted 12-27-2010 04:26 AM

I need one of these—and have seen Mark’s video too. Great job—congrats.

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#5 posted 12-27-2010 04:39 AM

I built one of these years ago based on an article in Popular Mechanics. This was in the June 1987 issue written by Rosario Capotosto. It’s been my main work area since. Solid as a rock and doesn’t even bounce when I walk on it. I used hard maple for the trim and legs, plywood for the honeycomb ands masonite for the top. It’s heavy and take two to move.

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#6 posted 12-27-2010 07:28 PM

Great job!! This is on my short list of things to do.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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