|Project by Chadwick||posted 02-13-2014 07:16 AM||3145 views||39 times favorited||23 comments|
I decided it was time to get serious about this whole woodworking thing, and dedicate a DEAD FLAT space for me to work on. For the last year I have been working on a 3/4” sheet of MDF screwed to an IKEA butcher block—- Woof. I considered building a fancy workbench, but they just don’t have the real estate I’m looking for. I modified the Wood Whisperer/David Marks’ torsion box table to suit my needs, and I must say… I’m really happy with how it turned out! The top is a whopping 7’ x 4’ and I couldn’t be happier. Of course I added a little flare of my own, but allow me to share a few things for anyone who might be interested in building their own, or are just nosy ;)
Total cost was right around $400 – and that’s with military discount and awesome plywood prices. It was more than I had anticipated, but I’m done hobbling along on things that barely make the grade, only to wish later on that I had done it right in the first place.
The drawer slides are ball-bearing, full-extension, NON-soft-close (because I wanted to be able to kick them shut) and I got them from WoodWorker’s Hardware (wwhardware.com) for the unreal price of $49.99 for eight sets. Thats about $5 a pair plus $9 shipping. Seriously can’t beat it, AND they are 100lb load, and shipped immediately. Will definitely be doing business with them again in the future.
The cup hinges on the doors are from an “Orange Store” bulk pack, and they’re just slightly more of a pain in the rear-end to install, because they don’t clip on like the fancy Blum ones – but for $20 a ten pack, ya can’t go wrong.
The top torsion box is covered with a 1/8” hardboard, countersunk and screwed down so that once it gets all beat up I can just lift it off and replace it. I also coated it with two coats of poly and a coat of paste wax, so that when I’m doing glue-ups nothing sticks.
It’s hard to tell here, but the top overhangs more on the other side – which I did for two reasons: 1) I wanted better access to the power strip and air hose, and on the other side I have about a foot of space under the ledge to build-in a little storage rack for all my long/pipe clamps. This way they’re not exposed, hanging off out in the open and getting in the way.
It’s only been connected for a few hours, and I’m already loving having the air compressor mounted inside the cabinet on one of the sides. Rolair compressors are awesome (I’m a Wisconsin native, so they HAD to be my brand) but this little sucker is LOUD. I am worried about the balls-hot nevada summer coming up and the lack of ventilation, so I may throw in a few metal 8” server rack fans to get some of that heat out.
This beast weighs (I would guess) about 350lbs empty. The base cabinet is on 4” Everbilt casters (Orange Store) that have super nice brakes – about 200lb limit per wheel ($8 ea). The cabinet is made of 2.5 sheets of 3/4” maple plywood, and the torsion box top is 3/4” Ultralight MDF for the grid, with skins of 1/2” Ultralight MDF on the top and bottom.
The wood shop here on Nellis AFB in Las Vegas went out of business a few years ago, and I bought a good chunk of their remaining stock. I walked in yesterday and picked up all the Eastern Red Cedar for $23. That’s about $2/bdft :)
I love to share my experiences, so let me know if you have any questions!
NOW I’VE GOTTA MAKE SOMETHING ON IT!!!
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