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Arlin Eastman

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1034 days ago

I was just wondering what do you assymble you projects on and if you keep it flat. I have seen several benches individuals have taken pictures of with projects on them.

It seems lots of them are not flat or have some damage to them.

How could someone assymble a project on a uneven surface and have anything come out square or straight.

Last how do you keep your assyembling area flat.

This is for me to gain more knowlege to make a bench to make things from.

Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.


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degoose

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#1 posted 1034 days ago

There are many great articles on Torsion Boxes… I beleive one of the best explainations of the build was by David J Marks…
Marc Spagnuolo also has a video on his site…....
Hope this helps…

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Arlin Eastman

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#2 posted 1034 days ago

Degoose – I did not think of them. I thought of the old wooden top ones and thought that every once in awhile someone takes a plane to them to keep them flat.
Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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ShaneA

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#3 posted 1034 days ago

I assemble most things on my bench, but I know it is not perfectly flat. I need to make another one some day, probably along the torsion box lines would be best. If it is a smaller item with legs, I will use the top of my table saw. Its is flat, and I know is can get the wobble out, and make it square that way.

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Arlin Eastman

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#4 posted 1034 days ago

ShaneA
Thanks for the Idea, however, if there is ever a large project what do you assymble on?
Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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DS

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#5 posted 1034 days ago

I have an assembly bench in front of my work bench. My assembly bench is only about two feet tall and as big as my workspace allows. The assembly bench is simple construction, but, most importantly, it is level and true.

Without a good reference, you will fight to make anything that isn’t twisted.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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DrDirt

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#6 posted 1034 days ago

The torsion table is great, I don’t have space – so i find I do a lot of assembly on the table saw extension….then need to move it to make some cuts – and go back and forth.

Annoying but it is what I have to do with limited space

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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ShaneA

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#7 posted 1034 days ago

Large project, on the kitchen floor. Sad but true, if it needs a flat bottom, that is what I resort to. If it is a cabinet or something else that doesnt have legs, or need to sit dead flat on the ground, I use the bench. I recently made a twin bed, and made sure it all fit together and flat in the kitchen. Not enough room in my shop to dry fit a piece of that size.

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DrDirt

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#8 posted 1034 days ago

The Woodwhisperer had a great free webvideo how he did his torsion work table with a spot for a shop vac underneath.
Suspect it is based on the David Marks design, because he apprenticed in David’s show when he was turning pro
http://thewoodwhisperer.com/episode-18-assembly-table-torsion-box/
He has since made a new one – but this video which is episode 157 – goes over what he decided to change.

http://thewoodwhisperer.com/my-new-assembly-table/

Marc does a great job explaining the steps and choices he makes along the way.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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ShaneA

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#9 posted 1034 days ago

David Marks, is officially the MAN. What a talent. I wish he still did his show. I would never be able to do his projects, but I loved his artistry, and wood that he used. That wood shed he had was a sacred place!

Sorry to jump the tracks Arlin.

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Arlin Eastman

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#10 posted 1034 days ago

The reason I am asking is because the Box that I made and posted here for a couple. I used my tablesaw also, the bench I have is made of plywood with holes all over it. It is a lower grade plywood. I want to make a nice top cut from hard wood which I can use my planer for at first, however, it seems everything gets nicks, bumps and scratches and everything else on it. So after it is installed I want to keep it nice, flat, and looking good too.
Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Dan

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#11 posted 1034 days ago

When its to big for my bench I use the uneven concrete shop floor… Flat and level is over rated.. hahaha

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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richgreer

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#12 posted 1034 days ago

I usually do my assembly on the workbench which is pretty flat.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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DS

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#13 posted 1034 days ago

Dan, when it’s too big for my bench, I usually make a small I-beam looking jig to prop up one end hanging off the table. It’s not pretty but it seems to work.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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Arlin Eastman

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#14 posted 1034 days ago

Rich
By pretty flat do you mean that you have no trouble putting things together and keeping them aligned or square?
Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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SnowyRiver

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#15 posted 1034 days ago

I use my workbench, but if the project is larger than that, I use the extension table off my table saw. After that its the shop floor.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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