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Torsion Box Tablesaw / Router Table

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Project by OhioPumpGuy posted 1295 days ago 4340 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my new tablesaw built from 5/8” MDF in a Torsion Box design. It is 72” x 72” x 4”and has built in cabinets for my DeWalt Planer and Delta Joiner for easy access. The table is covered in Formica for a nice smooth surface. The saw sits on a 3/4” plywood platform that has 4x jacking bolts (one in each corner) for leveling and locking in place. It is insulated so that all airflow comes through the plate or front of the saw cabinet to sweep dust to the DC port. The ShopFox aftermarket fence is bolted to the table and has through-bolts for the Cast Iron saw surface to lock it in place once the saw is leveled. There is a dust collection port that has a variable damper (use the white hanger to open/shut) to allow the saw dust collection to be turned off during router table use. The router table uses a Rockler router lift kit and the backside of the tablesaw fence. Another plus – it houses a refrigerator (to the right of the plug) for emergency beer reserves.

The only down-side? It weights about 500 lbs and the top is too big to get up the stairs if I ever needed to. Feedback and suggestions for further improvements are appreciated.





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bigike

4031 posts in 1892 days


#1 posted 1295 days ago

very nice, I’m gonna do the same thing with my saw and router. Do you have plans or a blog about this build?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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ic3ss

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#2 posted 1295 days ago

If you need to move it, cut it in half, put in facing plates on both sides, move it upstairs, then bolt them together. Maybe put in alignment dowels through the facing plates to keep the top halves level. Should work.

Nice table. We’d all love to have a work surface this big.

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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joey

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#3 posted 1295 days ago

Nice job! I did this to my saw when I was building a lot kitchen back in the 80s, man did it help with sawing sheet goods, 50” fence with 60” table left of the blade, and a 8’ by 10’ out feed table. now a days I have a small portable table saw and I mostly use my hand tools no call for custom kitchens as much these days.
Having that big work surface I am sure will make things safer and more productive in your shop. a,gain great job on your table saw.

Joey

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/

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OhioPumpGuy

24 posts in 1295 days


#4 posted 1294 days ago

Hey BigIke – thanks for the comments. I will email you the plans that I drew up. The torsion box was built on 8×2x4’s that I jointed and shimmed (with cedar shims and playing cards) until they were flat on my basement floor. I then put down two sheets of 3/4” MDF as a flat base to build the torsion box upside down. The box I constructed with offset 9.25” on center MDF cross braces. I chose to stagger/offset the braces so that I could staple them on both sides. I attached strings to the diagonals to check for (a) even diagonal dimension and (b) no twist to the box. 1/2” plywood was added for the backer and the cabinets were then constructed.

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SteveW

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#5 posted 1294 days ago

I’d like to build something like this…I’ve always wanted an aircraft carrier-like deck for my outfeed needs…
Would you share your plan with me?
thanks!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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bigike

4031 posts in 1892 days


#6 posted 1294 days ago

thanks for the plans. The only thing i would change is keep both my wings on my saw and incorp. my incra fence.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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OhioPumpGuy

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#7 posted 1294 days ago

if anyone wants plans send me ur email address I’de be happy to share what I have.

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