Torsion table dual purpose

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Project by MasterSergeant posted 03-02-2014 11:41 PM 1847 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed an outfeed table for my table-saw, plus I really wanted an assemble table; but I didn’t have the real estate for two tables. So I combined the two into one, quite proud of the results! I had a couple of firsts for me as well. This is my second torsion box, the first I am using as a finishing table in another room. The leg/skirt, I wanted to try my hand at mortise and tenon joinery. I think I did a good job the only problem I had was the day I cut the mortises and tenons it was cold outside and cool in the shop. The day I wanted to glue up the joints was warm and snow was melting fast, the joint were too tight the wood and moved on me! After a couple precise passes of the tenon on the table-saw I had a good tight fit again. Before I glued up the mortise and tenon I decided to try pegging the joint for some extra strength. I remember Norm Abrams doing this on his show, so I gave it a go. I was successful and really did not need to clamp the mortise and tenon joints when I drove the pegs in, but I used them just in case.

I’d like to add that all the lumber, with the exception of the MDF, is lumber I re-sawed from fallen trees/limbs in my town. With the help of my electric chain saw and my 14” Jet band saw I was able to save a bunch of wood from the landfill and save my billfold as an extra bonus.

Thank you for looking and I love all the comments + or -!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#1 posted 03-03-2014 02:46 AM

Nice table and a very good shot of your great shop layout.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 03-03-2014 06:16 AM

Nice table and nice shop. Looks like you are having fun making your shop work better. For me, that is half of what woodworking is about.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 03-03-2014 01:58 PM

Looks good. Nice work.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#4 posted 03-09-2014 12:24 PM

Super nice. That’ll stay flat forever.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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