Workbench Build #15: Moxon 3.. Almost done.. I think..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 501 days ago 1818 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, have you ever wondered how to plane a large piece of wood for a work bench without a workbench? Yep, me too lol. This was another day full of learning. Lesson one was that the blade I had on my band saw was too wide to cut the hard wood and that was why I was having so much trouble with drift. Number two was that my Bucks Brothers 6 1/2” block plane is actually a decent little worker now that I have tuned it up. Lastly… it is hard as hell trying to face plane 36 X 5 3/4 X 2 oak without a way to secure it. I needed to take the thickness down to 1 3/4” or as close as I could get and flatten the faces so it will close up nice and tight.

What I ended up doing was attaching a wood clamp to each end fo the board and set it flat on the floor and shoved it up against the wall to act as a plane stop. That worked pretty good for the long horizontal strokes but when I switched to cross grain it wiggled too much to be useful. Luckily I have a very helpful wife who volunteered to stand on one of the clamps to hold it still lol. That was a sight.. a pregnant woman standing precariously atop a 12” wooden clamp. So between the 2 of us we go them planed flat and down to 1 7/8” thick. 1/8 ” fatter than I had hoped but I’m calling it close enough.

I also got started on the second hand wheel. I cut out all the pieces and they are gluing up as we speak. I should be able to finish those up tomorrow and maybe this vise which will then allow me to get started on the rest of the bench finally!

Here are today’s progress pics and a giant pile o’ shavings made by one cheap but usable hand plane…

-- Eric -

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#1 posted 501 days ago

Do you have sawhorses? Clamp it to those then you can sit on the board or use the wall to brace the sides of the sawhorses. That works for the faces at least, but I can’t think of a better way for the edges than what you did unless your sawhorses have a vertical face to clamp to. Your hand planed boards are looking great though so I’d say keep it up.

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#2 posted 501 days ago

Nope, no saw horses. I REALLY need to get some next week though. I can’t imagine gluing up the top with out them and like you said that will make the face planing a lot easier.

-- Eric -

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#3 posted 501 days ago

You could build them if you really needed to, but I think you can find them reasonably cheap. You could also lay your 36” boards on longer boards you’ve leaned against the wall. Not great, but it might work if you didn’t mind securing the boards into the wall or something solid.

You might like some of the tricks in these videos for building a bench without a bench. I’m a fan of his stuff.

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#4 posted 501 days ago

Oh hell yeah.. I have watched that entire series a few times. Good stuff! Payday is wednesday so I’ll hop over to HD and pickup a couple saw horses then. I also need to have a look at some new wood for the legs of the bench. My fir legs have oozed a ton of sap out of themselves over the last week and I just can;t bring myself to use them on this bench…... I could still make some saw horses out of them though.. hmmm.

-- Eric -

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#5 posted 501 days ago

Your assistant is very brave

-- Norman

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#6 posted 501 days ago

Similar situation here: started out with couple of stools and sheet of plywood on them. Then built moxon vise, then started workbench. Now I have benchtop with wagon vise installed, and things move much faster (but still not fast enough, legs are almost ready, and this “almost” happened two weeks ago).

Great work, btw!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#7 posted 501 days ago

Holly craap, did you say you did all that with a block plane?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#8 posted 501 days ago

Norm.. Yes, yes she is lol. She had a lot of fun though.

Yuri.. Your bench is looking great! I can’t wait to see it all finished up!

Mauricio.. Yep, block plane lol. I have a 14” Jack plane but it still needs sharpening and setup and I was in a hurry to get started so I busted out the block plane. Not going to lie.. I am a little sore this morning lol.

-- Eric -

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