When I ordered the BenchCrafted hardware I also ordered the hardware for the Moxon vise. Not only was I inspired by BrandonW’s bench but also his Moxon vise. So, it has been sitting in my shop for about nine months. Brandon’s Moxon Vise The plan is to make a Moxon Vise Bench-top Bench because when I doing fine work I find myself slumping over for extended periods of time. That kind of zaps the fun of it after a while. Furthermore, I admit to being spoiled when comes to h...
My dear LJ friends and community! Please tell me what you like/dislike about this idea. the thought is to make a roubo workbench out of 4×4 nominal lumber (Lowes has 4×4 doug fir for about $1 a linear foot) This will be my first of two roubos, so this one is practice. The second will be “true to Schwarz” and made from big timbers with a big wooden screw (from Erie) and a real wagon vise (probably from bench crafted) – but this first one will have a metal scre...
I hav had these power press bar clamps for over a decade forgotten in a bin and used them for the first time today. they are nice! nicest pipe clamp I’ve ever used. what a shame they were discontinued after Irwin bought the company. (aside: I’m not happy with Irwin, they’ve ruined Marples chisels) I’m wondering if I can use these to make a Moxon vise? here’s a quick sketch to be followed with a slow sketchup…
jointing 6’ long 4×4s on a little benchtop jointer is part crazy and part gymnastics, cursing helps, but patience helps more. as tough as trueing the reference face is, squaring the second face is the real challenge. at times nearly all the weight was hanging off the end with all fingertip strength focused on keeping the ref face on the fence. but my little cast iron craftsman continues to impress. felt like i was channeling Rob Cosman as i checked each piece with winding stick...
as usual i am doing this backwards designing the bench before the vise. so here’s the plan build a smallish but tall bench for handwork and sharpening make it compatible with a moxon vise i’m calling it my moxon bench this is 36” x 24” – i may go wider and a bit shallower, still deciding…
having just finished reading the Schwarz’s Workbench design book before heading back into my shop to finish my daughter’s Shaker style desk, I am seriously Jonesing for a real bench. rather than go all-out Ruobo for my first real bench, I’m thinking of making a Moxon-ish dovetailing bench. it also needs to be a bench for sharpening with my new Brian Burns double bevel system ( http://www.lessonsinlutherie.com/doublebevelsharpeninghirez.html ). I’m thinkin...
Thanks, everyone, for the kind words about my Moxon Vise. I enjoyed making these handwheels, but, man, it was difficult! Someone asked me how I secured the vise to my bench. Most Moxon vises I’ve seen are secured to the bench with clamps. I didn’t like the look of that. Also, I wanted to be able to “install” the Moxon vise in one step. My bench has ¾” round dog holes, so I drilled holes into the underside of the fixed jaw and inserted ¾” oak dowels. I designed it so the dowel on the right...
Why I wanted to Build a Moxon Vise Work benches are low. When I was first learning about traditional woodworking, I noticed how low my friend’s workbench was. He informed me that the lower benches were better for hand planing. This is true, but sometimes you just want to work with something at a higher height, for instance cutting dovetails. This is part of the reason why I found the idea of a Moxon vise so appealing. It’s a large, double-screw vise that is detachable from ...
Still waiting on my oil to entirely dry. Meanwhile, I thought I would fix something that I knew would bug me all the time. My big honkin’ wooden vise jaw is too massive for the few inches of threading in the big wooden nut in the leg vise, and as a result the big wooden screw tilts downwards towards the jaw. See look: here in the very back of the leg you can see the nut: The nut is actually not glued into the leg at all; it’s merely held in place by those blocks that are...
It’s amazing how close I was to being done the past several months. If you go back and look at my archives (don’t worry about it, I’m about to sum up), I didn’t make ANY progress from May to October because I dreaded the flattening and leveling that I needed to do. Once I got over that hump, I made ginormous strides in no time. Since my last blog post when I called the bench level (enough), I have flattened it (enough) and planed/sawed the horns off the leg tenons. ...
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