Workbench Build #18: Finishing up The Moxon!

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 03-04-2013 02:06 AM 2811 reads 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 17: More Moxon... Finally doing some glue ups.. Part 18 of Workbench Build series Part 19: Clean up and Reset.. Laminating the top Part 1 »

I banished myself to the shop today in an effort to finally finish up the Moxon vise build for the bench. Lets just say it was an unqualified success!

The day started out with drilling the pilot holes for the threaded rods. I finally put to use another flea market find. This old B&D drill works great and was only $15! The only downside to it is the 1/4” drive but fortunately I was still going to be able to fit this in my drill press.

Once the pilot holes were drilled to establish the 4 holes that needed to be enlarged I drilled the fixed jaw to 15/16” and threaded it using my homemade tap once again. Really glad I made this thing!

Then came a couple recessed set screw holes…

Tested it out and I came out with just barely 3” of clamping capacity!

Then came the suede.. another thrift store find. These came from an ugly all leather skirt they were selling for $9. I still have enough to do my 2 other vises plus a ton more stuff.

Wiped on some BLO and BOOM! Moxon is ready to go!

They spinnin’!

Now I can clean up and get started on the rest of the bench. Hopefully I can get this done before our baby arrives.. or at least before he finished high school lol.

Stay tuned for more and thanks for watching!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 03-04-2013 04:10 AM

Very nice, I like the home made tap, and those contrasting woods look great

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#2 posted 03-04-2013 07:23 AM

That tap has come in very handy lately. I’m really happy with how the two woods look together. I plan on incorporating that contrast elsewhere in the bench build. Thanks for reading!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#3 posted 03-04-2013 12:51 PM

let the dovetailing begin!!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 03-10-2013 06:21 AM

Beautiful work & congratulations on the baby on the way. I’d like to see more on the wood hand wheels. Love those things.

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