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Project by Chipy posted 963 days ago 13349 views 53 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a work bench and thought about building a torsion box but it would be hard to store the torsion box when it wasn’t in use. I wanted an assembly table that I could store away.When I saw this project in Wood magazine(issue 207 October) I said to myself, I have got to build this one! The plan calls for non locking swivel casters in front but I used locking swivels in front so I had to cut away a little bit of the main I-beam to allow the locking caster to rotate 360 degrees.I used pine from a big box store so it was fairly cheep to build.The MDF was about the most expensive single item.





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coffee

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#1 posted 962 days ago

Hey, thats sweet. I’m putting that on my to do list. (the short one)
Thanks for posting

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Radu

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#2 posted 962 days ago

Good job on the folding table. It’ll be very handy and space saver as well. I’ve seen a few of these built recently. I might build one too – at least I’ll add it on my to-do list. Thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 962 days ago

Beautiful… and very functional!

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Pdl

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#4 posted 962 days ago

I wanted to build this too. how do you like it. It looks sturdy.

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Tradeturnhobby

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#5 posted 962 days ago

It is just like the one I built and posted. Great job! I think yours looks more finished.

I ended up getting smaller casters that lock and they work well. I will say that mine is very sturdy. I ended up using it to stand on to hang Christmas lights.

I think my favorite thing about this is that I have an instant solid bench where ever I want. Just wheel this out and set up.

Great job and great post!

-- TTH, UT

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antknee3491

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#6 posted 962 days ago

Nice! What finish did you use for the MDF top?

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Chipy

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#7 posted 962 days ago

antknee3471 I used some left over Danish oil and clear gloss polyurethane.

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Chipy

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#8 posted 962 days ago

Pdl it is strong like bull when you get the leveling pads all set up and caster locks on!

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Chipy

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#9 posted 962 days ago

One thing I don’t like about this table is the fact there is no one side you can mount a vise to due to the set up of the legs.I am thinking of articulating one leg with a hinge and a locking pin to make room for a vise.

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dell

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#10 posted 962 days ago

Did you find a mistake in the plans? The latest issue of the magazine has corrections.

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ndwoody

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#11 posted 962 days ago

great project. I work in the garage and I have to seriously think about making this project myself as it is a space saver I can see that.

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Chipy

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#12 posted 962 days ago

dell I did thanks.

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Ken90712

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#13 posted 962 days ago

Great job looks really nice and very useful.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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JohnEinNJ

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#14 posted 775 days ago

I’m building this right now, and the locking lever on my swivel casters bound up on the base plate – so I routed out a radius to give them some room. I don’t think it will affect the strength significantly. This thing’s a monster!

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thelt

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#15 posted 144 days ago

dell or Chipy, can you point out the mistake in the plans? I have the issue 207 but have seen the mistake corrected in a subsequent issue. Thanks

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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