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Torsion Box Workbench - aka - my first bench #2: Resignation

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Blog entry by rhybeka posted 09-24-2012 12:57 AM 3175 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Planning stage - first of many Part 2 of Torsion Box Workbench - aka - my first bench series Part 3: Tom's Torsion Box - learning curve »

after finally getting some time in my shop this weekend, and deciding to finally give the rickety old workbench left by the previous two owners a heave, I think I’m going to go in a different direction to start than that New Fangled bench – only because I’m not quite sure my skill level is where I need it to be – and I don’t need another lesson in frustration quite yet. :) I think I’m going to go with Tom’s Torsion box workbench instead, and make the new fangled bench my next bench. Any thoughts on Tom’s workbench?

-- aspiring jill of all trades



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shipwright

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#1 posted 09-24-2012 04:40 PM

If you want a really solid bench that doesn’t cost much and is very easy to build maybe this one would interest you. I just finished it and have begun using it. It works even better than I had hoped.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#2 posted 09-24-2012 10:06 PM

While it may look complex, and to a point it is, the NFB is really not ‘that’ difficult. If you take it in steps, build the legs, then the top sections etc… it isn’t anything you can’t accomplish in stages. You’re going to face the same challenges with Any bench you build right now… for the money, it will be hard to ‘beat’ the NFB.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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rhybeka

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#3 posted 09-25-2012 07:24 PM

That’s a good point, Ned. I really also need something that’s quick to build, solid, and movable. I’m not sure I can have the NFB done before I go back to school in January…that and I think I’m going to end up building one Christmas present. Guess I think on it more and take another look.

-- aspiring jill of all trades

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rhybeka

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#4 posted 09-26-2012 12:24 AM

Thanks Shipwright! I took a look and I’m not sure I’m quite skilled enough to build that one quite yet, but I’ll take a closer look here in the next few days. I’m looking to finalize my decision by this weekend so I can go get my materials and get started!

-- aspiring jill of all trades

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#5 posted 09-26-2012 05:59 AM

Always glad to help.
The bench is designed to be two things…. very strong and very easy to build.
PM me if you have questions.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#6 posted 09-28-2012 05:51 PM

you ‘could’ build the NFB in a weekend if you really tried, allowing for glue ups to set overnight. (there aren’t many of those)... c’mon you can do it!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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rhybeka

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#7 posted 09-29-2012 02:01 AM

LOL – Ned – I know better than to believe with my level of skill I could build that in a weekend… my last FWW plan took me over a year to finish – and that was supposed to be easy pocket hole joinery! (I was in school though and some other things came up but I digress…)

I decided to go with tom’s torsion box after all for my first shot. I need the shelve storage more than I thought I would, and I’m also going to make it mobile – still trying to figure out how those flip down casters on 2×4s hinges stay up or down but I won’t worry too badly about it until I at least have the materials cut out and I’ve started assembling. I’m still looking forward to building the NFB – I just think it will be bench #2 :)

-- aspiring jill of all trades

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