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Belg1960

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383 days ago

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Guys, I build myself a TB top and now want to find the best/most solid way to attach this to a bench base which I will build from 4×4 (legs)and 2×8 (stringers) the top is build from a 3/4 particle board base with a 1/2 mdf web and 3/4 plywood top, I wrapped the ends with 5/4 pine. The top is just the right width for the space so I would not like to make it any wider by adding the legs on the exterior. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks Pat
PS Will add a couple pics as soon as I can download them.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!


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waho6o9

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#1 posted 383 days ago

I always did like the idea of a torsion box used as a work bench top.

Looking forward to the pics, project posts, and comments.

Oh yeah.

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redSLED

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#2 posted 383 days ago

Basic attachment idea #1:

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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redSLED

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#3 posted 383 days ago

And maybe add stretchers underneath to fortify rigidity similar to this:

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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Loren

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#4 posted 383 days ago

Google “Ian Kirby torsion box workbench”

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Belg1960

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#5 posted 383 days ago

@Redsled Appreciate the ideas, the torsion box will hold a truck as solid as it is its just that attaching it rock solid to the frame that i need ideas for. I would like a woodworking solution not so much a quicky one.

Loren, I tried but did not find anything with that name attached, could perhaps attach a link for me? Thanks

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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MrRon

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#6 posted 383 days ago

Run three 1×4’s between the front and rear stringers. attach the top to the 1×4’s with particle board screws. 2×4 stringers would be enough.

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waho6o9

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#7 posted 383 days ago

http://www.finewoodworking.com/workshop/article/the-torsion-box.aspx

Ian Kirby torsion box workbench googled above link :)

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Belg1960

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#8 posted 383 days ago

You have to be a member to see anything but the first page.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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waho6o9

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#9 posted 383 days ago

And so it goes…..

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Belg1960

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#10 posted 383 days ago

Maybe a member will take pity on me and send me some of the member pics in that build. The effort is much appreciated.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#11 posted 383 days ago

Here’s your pity. “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes….”
http://www.google.com/patents/US4542891

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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Belg1960

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#12 posted 371 days ago

Guys, I finally remembered to download my top. Still haven’t made a final decision but will this weekend when I start building the base. Any thoughts before then are sure welcome.
Nailbanger thanks for that link.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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mountainaxe

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#13 posted 370 days ago

Take a look at this website…I built this torsion box bench…it’s simple, cheap, and very flat/sturdy. Check out my shop for photos.
http://americanwoodworker.com/blogs/projects/archive/2009/03/04/tom-s-torsion-box-workbench.aspx

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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Belg1960

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#14 posted 369 days ago

Jeff, thanks alot for the great link. Its a very creative low cost solution. My top though is build like the wood whisperer version with only 1/2” web of mdf in the center no real “meat” to anchor to I’m leaning towards using some HD pocket screws for the time being til I can replace the top with something more substantial.

I have a friend who installs hardwood flooring who I asked to keep an eye out for some oak or maple. I’m wondering could I glue this to the top of some douglas fir 2×3’s to get a nice hard top??

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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