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Make a Moxon Benchtop Bench - Part 1

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Blog entry by Daniel Solowiej posted 05-19-2017 10:05 PM 2253 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone !
Today I share with you the first part of making a Moxon Benchtop bench.
This is a project in process, done exclusively with hand tools from the beginning to the end, whose objective is to have a solid and transportable bench, to use standing, sitting and on the floor, with a Moxon vice and dog holes.
I am also planning to build the dogs too, at the end of the project, we will see if I succeed.
In this Part 1, the wood chosen to build it is “guayubirá” (Patagonula americana).
It is a hard, heavy and stable wood, with colors ranging from light ocher to dark brown (this is the dark look). In this project I am working with 2” lumber.
A scrub plane I made from a n°4 smoothing plane, has helped me level and flatten faces.

I made a tongue and groove joint to join the top and the front, that will be glued. For this I used my restored plow plane. (you can see a video of this restoration on my channel).

Some tweaks align with the smoothing plane, and it’s ready.

For joining top and legs, I decided to use a sliding dovetail, somewhat tight at the front, because it is a cross-grain union and will not be glued (and I do not want to see screws or anything else here or there). I did the final adjustments with a rebate plane.

Front and legs will be glued with a dado joint, what i have ended up using my homemade router plane.

For all this I assume that the work of expansion and contraction of the wood will be natural. Front and top will move together, and the legs that will be glued to the front, can move back freely through the dovetail, I believe.

I got a 3/4 “trapezoidal thread rod, at a justifiable price in my country, sold for a meter in length.
I assure you that I enjoyed cutting it using my frame saw with a Hss 10 tpi blade (My radial grinder sleeps forgotten on a shelf). This was the first frame saw I built, using green branches. You also have an old video of this in my channel, and I remember when I made it, I only had this blade to test it, and I used it pitifully to cut wood :). Its advantage is that it keeps the blade very straight and tense, something very different than what does my poor commercial hack saw.

The dog holes were marked with my awl and drilled with my beloved manual drill press, which I found very lucky in very good condition. This press was made by “Flott” round the year 1930 to 1940 and I just had to clean it, paint it and grease it. (And … sorry but yes, you also have videos of these two things on my channel if you are interested :)

All for now, be very good, and see you next time ! Cheers.

I invite you to watch the video “Moxon Benchtop Bench – Part 1” :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipnZOjbilDc

I really hope you like this video, and if so, you share it with others on your social networks, like and comment. All it’s free, quick, and much appreciated by me, because that give me willingness to continue doing.
Also if you aren’t subscribed, please do it, is free and guaranty you don’t miss my next videos.
I’m very gratefull for your watching, thanks a lot.

Related videos mentioned in this post:
“Plow plane restoration”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTHk7I19YGA
“Make a frame saw”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcXdRe4oJeU
“Drill Press Restoration”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuGcLSaEdHo
“Make an awl with hand tools”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH9k8IO58pA

-- Daniel Solowiej, Argentina, https://www.youtube.com/user/danielsolowiej



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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 05-19-2017 11:30 PM

Daniel, I will enjoy following this build as you are quite the craftsman! The lumber chosen for you bench is simply beautiful. Nice going on that sliding dovetail. The longest one I ever managed was just at 27 inches for a tilt top settee. Keep it up my friend … looking good!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Oldtool

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#2 posted 05-20-2017 01:28 AM

This looks like an interesting project, plenty of opportunity to sharpen hand tool skills. I’ll be sure to check out all the videos you mention, interested to see the manual drill press in operation.
You mention the guayubirá is very hard, is it difficult to mill to size?, hard on sharp edges and dull them quickly?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 05-20-2017 02:09 AM

Lusting after that Flott drill press! Nice work on the Moxon, too.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 05-20-2017 06:48 AM

I really like your approach to woodworking, and enjoy your channel very much.

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higtron

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#5 posted 05-20-2017 01:04 PM

Another great video Daniel you are a real craftsman.

-- A friend will help you move, a good friend will help you move a body

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Daniel Solowiej

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#6 posted 05-20-2017 05:00 PM



Daniel, I will enjoy following this build as you are quite the craftsman! The lumber chosen for you bench is simply beautiful. Nice going on that sliding dovetail. The longest one I ever managed was just at 27 inches for a tilt top settee. Keep it up my friend … looking good!

- Ron Aylor


Well this dovetail it’s only 13 inches finished, just a child compared with yours :) Much appreciated Ron, thanks a lot !

-- Daniel Solowiej, Argentina, https://www.youtube.com/user/danielsolowiej

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Daniel Solowiej

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#7 posted 05-20-2017 05:12 PM



This looks like an interesting project, plenty of opportunity to sharpen hand tool skills. I ll be sure to check out all the videos you mention, interested to see the manual drill press in operation.
You mention the guayubirá is very hard, is it difficult to mill to size?, hard on sharp edges and dull them quickly?

- Oldtool


Agree with that, plenty of opportunity to sharpen hand tool skills, and to sharpen hand tools also :) I’m always learning a lot with this.
In the comments of the manual drill press video, I remember considerations about the mechanics, think you will be interested in that.
The wood It’s hard but no so hard. It’s moderate, and very nice to work. Thanks so much for your comment, it’s appreciated.

-- Daniel Solowiej, Argentina, https://www.youtube.com/user/danielsolowiej

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Daniel Solowiej

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#8 posted 05-20-2017 05:13 PM



Lusting after that Flott drill press! Nice work on the Moxon, too.

- Smitty_Cabinetshop


Yes the drill press it’s amazing ! Thanks so much for your words, appreciated !

-- Daniel Solowiej, Argentina, https://www.youtube.com/user/danielsolowiej

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Daniel Solowiej

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#9 posted 05-20-2017 05:15 PM



I really like your approach to woodworking, and enjoy your channel very much.

- kipibenkipod


Thank you, glad you like it ! And glad you have some fun with the channel :)

-- Daniel Solowiej, Argentina, https://www.youtube.com/user/danielsolowiej

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Daniel Solowiej

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#10 posted 05-20-2017 05:16 PM



Another great video Daniel you are a real craftsman.

- higtron


Thank you very much my friend, I’m very flattered by your words

-- Daniel Solowiej, Argentina, https://www.youtube.com/user/danielsolowiej

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Daniel Solowiej

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#11 posted 05-24-2017 03:08 PM

For those who may be interested, I wanted to share that I found this advertisement, (close to the year 1939), from the manufacturer of my drill press (3rd image). I have also been able to get the drill of the 2nd photo. Cheers !

-- Daniel Solowiej, Argentina, https://www.youtube.com/user/danielsolowiej

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