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Blog entry by Dallas posted 12-03-2011 10:59 PM 1985 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are all helpful objects that cost next to nothing to build. The more precise, the better they are. Mine are hardly precise. Most work in concert with the bench or are part of it.

Starting from the beginning.

Crosscutting or ripping on a sawbench.

Here I have an extension shop bent. I got this idea from the Close Grain blog and plan from Tom Fidgen’s Made by Hand book.

Crosscutting using a bench hook.

Simple bench hook. I raise the planing stop to support the other side of the board.

Crosscutting using a mitre box.

There are a few ways to secure the mitre box to the bench. I use two ways:

Bench dog or planing stop and wonder pup on the ends.

Bench dogs slipped through holes in the bottom of the box and into the top.

Here’s how I hang it up when not in use – just to get it off the floor.

Face Planing.

Using planing stop.

Using bench dogs and wonder pup.

Using my split top divider (flipped over).

Using a sticking board (held in place with vise and planing stop).

Sticking board with split top piece for wide boards.

Edge Planing.

Using raised planing stop.

Using vise.

Using vise and leg holdfast for slightly longer boards. The flush legs rock for this.

Using leg holdfasts for long boards (vise as aid).

Using apron (other side of the bench) with holdfasts.

Shooting the ends.

Using shooting board.

The other end of a longer board is supported with my sticking board plus one scrap board.

Cutting Joinery.

Moxon vise to the rescue!

Using simple holdfasts in apron.

Not shown, but the vise positioned next to the flush leg holds well too!

I’m amazed at how much easier it is to secure my work now. Hope these ideas help others!

-- If a tree falls in the neighbor's woods, and no one is there to hear it...can you take it home, mill it and turn it into a coffee table without your neighbor making a sound?



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Dave

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#1 posted 12-06-2011 11:12 PM

Most interesting holding techniques. A few I haven’t seen before. Thanks for sharing. Well photographed.
On your moxin are you using all-thread? If so is there a steal nut in you hand turns? Very nice.
One more question if I am not being to nosy. Why is there a hole in your planing stop?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Dallas

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#2 posted 12-07-2011 03:32 AM

The Moxon is woodthreads, yes. You don’t have to have a steel collar or plate. The front jaw is not fixed to the handles in any way. The back jaw is the negative threaded portion that accepts the positive threads on the dowel.

I started with threaded dowels for wood handles and just ran a smaller dowel through them to have something to hold when turning. This was too hard on my hands, so I bought some small feet from Home Depot. I bored at 1.125” hole in the end of the tops of the feet with a forstener bit and then created some wood threads in that hole. The dowels just screwed straight into the feet and glue locked them tightly together. You can see more images here: ” http://lumberjocks.com/projects/56038":http://lumberjocks.com/projects/56038

Ha. The planing stop is a work in progress. It was a little loose, so it kept falling out as I was working. I took a 3/4” dowel, put a flat square piece of wood on one end and dropped it in the hole. The flat square “top” of the dowel is a shade bigger than the planing stop hole, so it doesn’t fall through any more. It’s sorta like a planing stop inside of a planing stop. I like coming up with cheapo ways to fix my snafus. I eventually glued sand paper on two sides of the stop to good results.

-- If a tree falls in the neighbor's woods, and no one is there to hear it...can you take it home, mill it and turn it into a coffee table without your neighbor making a sound?

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#3 posted 12-07-2011 05:29 AM

Ingenious you took a problem and made it better.
Nice dozuki.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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