|Project by MasterSergeant||posted 02-07-2014 11:34 PM||1689 views||3 times favorited||5 comments|
I finally made a torsion box table! I have been wanting one of these since I watch Norm Abrams make one many many years ago. I want to thank all my fellow LumberJocks who have posted their torsion boxes on this site. I gleaned a lot of valuable information from you guys and I want to thank you for that!
Lots of time was spent build this project I had no idea how involved making one was going to be. Norm made his in a 1/2 and hour ;-) #1 picture is the finished table. I used 2”x2” glued up for the legs. I have sheet of 1/8” hardboard as an insert for the top. I can replace the top cheaply and quickly using the hardboard.
#2 picture is what the torsion table has replaced. The sawhorses and layers of plywood were just a little too unstable for assembly work ;-D
#3 picture is my son helping me glue up the inside grid before we place the 1/2 MDF top skin on.
#4 picture is the attachment cleat I made to affix the top to the legs. I found out later not to use the long grain as the tongue so I made another set using the endgrain with much better results.
#5 picture is what I was after! A dead flat surface that I can lever!!! Great moment for me when I placed the level on the table as saw no LIGHT under it!!
#6 picture showing all the pre-drilled screws I placed in both skins.
I used MDF for most of the table components, 3/4” perimeter boards with 1/2” for the grids and top and bottom skins. When I made the outside trim board I made it 1/8” taller to accommodate the replaceable 1/8” hardboard top.
All in all a great project, learned a few new techniques and now I have a great work surface that will last me a long long time!
I have one more torsion table to build, this one will be used as an outfeed table for the table-saw! WHOO-HOO looking forward to that one!
Thanks for looking, let me know what you think.
-- Kelly, woodworker under construction