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Forum topic by gawthrrw posted 09-17-2011 11:51 PM 1089 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2011 11:51 PM

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Hello Fellow LJ’s. I wanted to pick some brains on an issue i’m having with the design for a base to go under my new assembly table. Sorry I didnt put up a picture, but its the torsion box assembly table from the wood whisperers website. The problem is that I move every three years or so due to being in the military. I really like the cabinet the ww built for his assembly table but need something a little easier to move. I scaled down my assembly table to 44” x44”. I dont have an issue coming up with something sturdy, but am having a hard time coming up with something that will look good. My plan is to be able to un-screw the table off the base and move them seperately when the time comes. I would appreciate any advise or pic’s that you all have come up with. Thanks.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#1 posted 09-18-2011 05:54 PM

No ideas at all? Wow, I thought this would be a hot topic lol.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#2 posted 09-18-2011 06:55 PM

I think people are having a hard time picturing it, so no response.

I think the question I have is, why bother removing the top in the first place? I’d put it on wheels and keep it all together. Roll it onto the moving truck and you’re g2g.

If wheels don’t appeal to you, then I’d scrap Marc’s design and go with something that truly knocks down, particularly if you need to piece it out for mobility. I like the design (I’ll be building a variant of it myself soon), but I wouldn’t do it without putting it on wheels…especially if I were planning on moving soon.

Otherwise, I’d just screw down the top to the carcass with “L” brackets coming from underneath.

-- jay,

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#3 posted 09-18-2011 07:01 PM

If you don’t want to use “L: brackets, use knockdown or conformit hardware. Like threaded inserts in the top. This way you can take it apart every time you transfer and put it back with no problems.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#4 posted 09-19-2011 04:33 AM

Thanks for the response. Sorry I didnt explain better. I have actually already built the tabletop. I was just looking for a different design for the base. Something strong but light. I thought someone out there may have built a torsion box table with a different cabinet or stand underneath.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#5 posted 09-19-2011 09:36 PM

I’d keep it simple. If you move every three years you need something that can break down. I’d almost be tempted to make 4 different cabinets that can be screwed together. Have one opening on each side, then you would have each side with storage and hanging space. You really need to think about what your going to be placing under the table first. Marc stored a compressor under his and outfitted a little spot for it, as well as that Festool equipment he had. Think about what you want to store and then just start sketching things up until you like a design.

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#6 posted 09-21-2011 02:23 AM

Thanks all. I think I got it figured out. I’ll post some pics soon.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#7 posted 09-22-2011 10:41 PM

I’d be thinking knockdown fasteners on a design pretty much the way tww did it. Go visit an IKEA store to see how they do it. Works pretty well, comes apart easily. Dado slot, bolt hole through the edge, round hole for the knockdown through the face. You could disassemble to the base, the verticals and the drawers (plus those rails he put on the top), or even take apart the drawers too

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