RAS Cabinet #5: Torsion Box is started

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Blog entry by sIKE posted 08-31-2008 04:18 AM 1264 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started the torsion box this weekend. This is my first one and it has been a learning experience. David Marks makes it look easy, but it is not. I got my work surface straight and level and started building the grid work. I quickly learned that brads are not a good substitution for finishing nails, as they like to follow a random path. I had to push on as SWMBO would not allocate additional budget for a finishing nailer. The gird work is done and I got the first skin on this evening. I hope to finish the Torsion Box tomorrow and get the RAS base mounted to it then that to the cabinet and then take a first pass at leveling the rig.

Torsion Box

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#1 posted 08-31-2008 05:33 AM

Hey looks just like the sketchup diagrams – how cool is that! Off to a good start. Maybe your first torture-box should have been something for the sweetie, like a potting bench or a sewing table, then maybe the you could have bagged the nailgun. Oh, well.

Seriously, wouldn’t glue be enough? other than there being a lot of pieces to hold in place – though it could have been glued iin stages. I’ve never used any fasteners when gluing mdf to mdf and never had an issue ( that is mdf, right?) I’m assuming the nails are to hold the pieces while the glue sets? for speed?

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#2 posted 08-31-2008 03:31 PM

The nails are the clamps of this project. Once the glue sets up the grids are stiff as can be. The nails are also used to keep alinged.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#3 posted 08-31-2008 04:35 PM

Looking good!

Thanks for the post


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#4 posted 08-31-2008 05:18 PM

This is looking pretty good. It is going to be interesting to see the box installed.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 09-05-2008 11:54 AM

I just love a good torsion box! Can you add a little clarity to “SWMBO”?

-- Jim

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#6 posted 09-05-2008 03:55 PM

She who must be obeyed…..

The torsion box is a tank! It is not moving…..

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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