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  1. @arkansasprepper
    @handicaphillbilly
    Thanks for watching. The workbench is light weight, stores well and is very strong. Plus, it was fun to build.

  2. great project! nice job! cheers……….

  3. Thanks Pete!

  4. nice thank you

  5. Thanks for watching and for commenting!

  6. What was the other website that had the plans? Thanks

  7. Hi Geoff,
    Youtube won’t let you put a link in the reply, but the FineWoodworking website is in the description. Click on “Show more” and you will see it. Let me know if you have trouble. Thanks for watching.

  8. I built a set of these about a year agor from plans in a magazine. It wasn’t Fine Woodworking, I’m thing maybe Shop Notes. I found Homasote at Lowe’s. They call it “sound board” as it is used to deaden sound in a room. Essentially the same material as acoustical ceiling tile, so that could be substituted, although you would have to piece it to get the length. I use them all the time! The torsion boxes are pretty heavy, though.

  9. Jeffry, I’ll check at Lowe’s for the homosote. I agree the torsion boxes are pretty heavy. Thanks for the comment.

  10. You need plans to build boxes?

  11. I have the hard copy of this issue and really like the modularity for a small shop. But I got to thinking the Double I Beam style would be just as strong and give you a decent mounting clamping lip and have the upper surface clear. Insert the end blocks a good distance and make a pin nailed together hollow MDF slip tendon to join the I beams end to end. Same amount of material.

  12. I built the same system for my small space. Breaks down quickly. The two beam system allows the flexibility of a wide work area or a long and narrow one (16 ft). My only issue is the storage of the two saw horses. They are big and bulky. The planis to build different ones that break down. I also like Ron Paulk’s work benches but I have yet to build them. Search for Ron Paulk on You Tube. 

  13. tladoux, Thanks for sharing your experience.  I agree the saw horses get in the way, but I like how sturdy they are. I’ll check out Ron Paulk’s benches.

  14. Maybe the answer is stackable system or even quick breakdown system that stores flat.(?)

  15. +john hanrahan
    Yes, saw horses that break down would be a big plus.

  16. I built this system from the same magazine article and still have the magazine.  You have done a faithful and quality copy of this design.  I can attest to the genius of the system. My 1st one worked fantastic for years, until it got stored outside and the components got rain damage.    I increasingly use hand tools and holding the work presents even more challenges than power tool operations and this design excels in both ways of working. It is surprising how solid this system is and only requires slight floor or ground shimming to make it work.
    Here are a few of my own suggestions if anyone builds this:
    1.  I used birch plywood for everything for its strength and elegance.  torsion boxes still rely on flat material to start with, so choose your sheets carefully whatever you use.  I have built three of these systems and twisted sheets only lead to twisted boxes which ruins them.  I have made boxes as thin as 4″ thick up to 6.5″ thick and they had no deflection which is the main issue.  My first set was a full 8′ long which is too big.  6′-6″ long does anything I need and it saves plywood for other parts (like sawhorse tops).  box width is fine at 12″ each but I now do one at 12 and one at 16 which is really handy.  (screw or nail boxes but be sure to use plenty of glue for total rigidity)
    2. build to suit how tall you are, taking in account the heght of the boxes and the clamps you want to use for the system.  Make sure you leave a generous lip to clamp to, with 2-3 inches of overhang of the horse tops.  the sawhorse tops can be 16′ wide down to about 14.  I’ve tried narrower, but the solidity of the system is compromised by narrower splay on the legs, and each horse is more useful as a mini table if it is 16″ wide by about 32 – 48 long.  never tried shorter than 32 long, but I would think it would be less stable and less useful.  avoid the temptation to use fold up horses, …it just doesn’t work as nice for a bench and you need the clamping lip.
    3.  homosote is unneeded, but if you want a non-slip surface, wrap shelf liner over the tops and staple to the sides-it works great.  Try not to drill into your tops, but don’t be afraid to screw jigs and fences to it now and then.  Design them to wrap over the sides and screw in the sides and not the top.  When ever i got glue on my boxes a card scraper cleans birch ply up nicely.  I think pipe clamps through holes in the boxes would work great, but I haven’t tried it yet.
    4.  a shelf on the bottom on the horse braces is tremendously useful for hand tools and stuff while you’re working and keeps stuff off your work surface. 
    unless you build a more traditional style ( i like the Paul Sellers version), this is a great and low cost design.

  17. Thanks for sharing your experience and your comments.

  18. I bought that FW article featuring that bench.  Thanks for sharing the video, looks very versatile.

  19. +UreaSmith I really appreciate the comment.

  20. Nice work!  If you cut holes in the sides of your boxes for the top jaw of the clamps you can have the full work surface.

    Keep up the good work.

  21. +Gail Long Thanks for watching and thanks for the tip.

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