In the midst of making a box with full blind dovetails and lots of inlay stringing, I have decided to make a moxon vice at the same time. I bought the Bench crafted moxon hardware. Sweet.
First, I had to get the right kind of wood. No problems, 8/4 hard maple, 7’ long and 12.5” wide. A little big, but nothing I cannot work with. So step one was to cross cut it 36” long.
With my old Disston crosscut saw it only took me about 3 min. I think it needs to be sharpened.
Next I needed to rip that in half, so each piece was just over 6” wide. No problem, thats what my Wenzloff rip saw is for.
Thats worked up a good sweat, it took about 5 min, and I did most of it two handed.
But, I wandered a bit…
So…. jointer plane…...????
Now I am just as bad as the next galoot for punishment, but I was feeling a little lazy after all the hand saw work, so I asked a friend of mine to use his power jointer on them for me….
Some friend he turned out to be!!!
Kidding. He did a great job. Then I used the plans to mark out my holes for the screws. I used a drill press and a forstner bit to do most of the work, but then I squared it up with some chisles.
After drilling and elongating the holes in the face piece, I put no the wheels. These things spin! Very sweet movement. I put some slip it wax on them to lube them up… wow.
I am not done. I decided that because I have a spot where I can have this vice up pretty much on a permenant basis, I am going to build a little bench slab top to attached to the back side. This way I can have the sawing at a great height, but the chiseling too. Basically, I am replacing this…
I made this a few years ago, and it works great, there is nothing wrong with it… its just… well…. its not a Bench Crafted moxon vice. Seriously? Do I really have to justify my decision?