I’m tired of seeing all these moxon vises and not making my own. They are pretty expensive. I really need something to act as a front vise on my bench. This takes care of that problem and it also raises any cutting that i’ll be doing by 7 1/2” (which helps out the back). Here is my version of the moxon vise using two pipe clamps. Check out the video. Please subscribe to my channel and check out all the other videos on there.
As a home owner I’ve struggled for years with projects because I don’t have a solid work surface. When I started wood carving recently this became painfully obvious. So now I’ve decided to invest in a proper workbench. After looking at 100s of benches online and in books I think I know what I want: Size: 6’ long, 24” deep. This will fit my workspace well. Work clamping: 1) A leg vice. For this I will use this from Veritas: http://www.veritastoo...
After the success tweaking the installation for the end vise I hoped the good karma would continue to the leg vise. Not so… It All Starts With A Small Bonk… I removed my chop from the clamps, removed the glue and jointed/planed to size. the final size was about a 2 3/8 thick – plenty. I determined the centerline of the chop and leg and clamped the chop directly to the leg. I transferred the hole locations to the chop. The it was off to the drill press. Simple. While at Marc Adam...
After class the bench parts were loaded into the truck and brought home. I have a double right angle entry to the basement steps. One of my classmates, Sean Baker of San Diego graciously volunteered to help get the heavy top into the basement. It was heavy, but surprisingly, not all that challenging; considering it was Friday at 5pm and we were wiped from the marathon week.assembly-1 Assembly Once all of the parts were in and organized we got right to the assembly. It really is a qu...
To compliment my new roubo workbench (in process) and to add to my hand tool fascination I ordered a set of 2 Gramercy holdfasts from Tools for Working Wood. The purchase was simple as with most online stores. The cost was $20 for 1 or $35 for 2 – so not being one to pass up a deal, I went with 2 for $35. Read the remainder here:: http://www.ewingcustomcreations.com/gramercy-holdfasts-from-marisa-100
I put the finishing touches on my bench today. After dry-assembling the base cabinet, I realized that it was about half an inch too tall to be able to be dropped into place in the bench base as one piece. The bottom of the cabinet drops 3/4” down onto cleats so it is level with the top of the long stretchers. I had planned to assemble the cabinet and slide it into and down onto the base of the bench, but with it being too big I decided to go to plan B and assemble it in place. This turn...
Fellow LumberJocks I started chronicling my Roubo Workbench build in my blog – One Inch Caulk. Ill be posting a few entries starting with this one the details the 5 day class at Marc Adams School of Woodworking with guest instructor Christopher Schwarz where we build 16 Roubo benches from some fabulous ash. I hope you will take a look. Thanks, Dave
The bench is done, the holes are drilled. The top is mostly flat (note all the shavings covering the floor). I put the first coat of finish on today. These pictures are all pre-finish but post-sanding. Here’s the top with my rehabbed #7 posing. It probably took an hour or two, all told, to flatten the thing. It’s not perfect, but it’ll do. It’s mostly flat edge to edge, but I think there’s some waviness end to end that I couldn’t di...
I put the top on and screwed it down. Well, screwed it up from beneath, but you get the idea. I also put the vises on, thanks to a little help from the missus. Those things are solid cast iron, heavy as hell. I’m betting ~40-50lbs each. The Kreg bench dogs seem fine so far. You certainly can’t argue with the price ($8 for four) compared to the various brass options from Lee Valley or wherever. I made my own bench dog to go into the square recess in the vises. The ...
After finishing the base assembly, I put a couple of coats of Arm-R-Seal on the underside of the top and the base. I then started laying out my vise locations. I have two identical cast-iron Columbian vises. In a perfect world, I would mortise at least the face vise into the side of the bench top, but after looking at that the other day, I decided it would be too much work. I didn’t want to start chopping the thing up without a clear plan for how I’d bury the somewhat irregular...
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