John Nalbone

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  1. Good feedback; thanks. At the moment, I am very pressed for space so I have a combined workbench / outfeed table / assembly table. I will look into the possibility of having smaller, separate units.
  2. All very helpful, folks; much thanks. Being a geek, I can't help but draw things out; attached is my current plan. I've added blocking underneath where the dogholes will go to provide additional support for the dogs. I was planning on pre-drilling all of them but perhaps will hold off and not drill them until I actually need them. Still planning on using 3/4" MDF for the top at this point but may face it with other wood. I did watch John's video on his bench build a bit ago; I'll look at it again. I haven't included the support needed for the vises. The end vise is on order and I want to have it on hand first. I don't anticipate that being too complicated. Another noob question: is that too many dogholes? I read somewhere that the spacing between dogholes should be the same as the open limit on the vise. Is that a good rule of thumb to use? Any thoughts / feedback on the design would be welcome. torsion box.pdf
  3. Thanks Drew. I have a small shop and this will double as a workbench and outfeed table. My current bench is topped with MDF and it's held up ok. I treated it with paste wax and cover it with roll paper when I do big glueups so the surface has held up fairly well but after eight years, it's definitely showing its age. Given that it's lasted eight years may give you an idea how much I use it. I was thinking MDF partly due to cost ($80 for wood for a top may be possible in the Land of Trees and Lakes but not where I live, unfortunately). Lumber from a good lumber supplier here is borderline ridiculous and frankly I've given up on wood from the local big box stores, given the terrible quality and high prices. But maybe I need to rethink that. To answer your question, I want to get more into hand shaping, hand planing, chiseling, etc., hence the upgrade to vises, dogholes, etc. As a part time hobbyist, I'm intrigued by the idea of a torsion box and thought I'd give it a try. Is a torsion box a bad choice for such work? Is that why when I searched for "torsion box" and "dog holes", I found very little on the Net? I could always face it with better wood when I'm done; that seems rather trivial. However, that still leaves the issue of how to even implement dogs and dogholes with a torsion box, which is basically hollow. Is that just not done?
  4. I'm building a new workbench for the shop and have a noob question. I'm planning on building a torsion box for the top and will be incorporating a face vise and end vise. That part is pretty straightfortward; I'm looking at using 3/4" MDF with supports every eight inches. I'll add extra support for the vises as needed. The issue is that I want dogholes in the top. How does one do dogholes with a mostly hollow torsion box? One solution I see is to place 3" x 3" blocking everywhere I want a doghole. That means laying them all out ahead of time so I'd have to plan carefully now as I can't add more later on. Alternately, I can completely replace the MDF crosspieces in the torsion box with 3" x 3" blocking. Any suggestions? Am I doing something silly by trying to do a torsion box with dogholes?