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Moxon Vise Benchtop Bench #4: Shaping the front

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I have been putting this off trying to figure out how to go about this. I decided to make some smaller 45 relief cuts at the ends of the bevel then split off the excess. After that then just rasp out the curvature. I did the smaller, central part of the bevel first to see how things went. Well, I should leave the splitting wood to Roy Underhill.

Relief cuts

The split. You cant see in the picture but the split went way deep at the other end.

After gettin’ after it with the rasps. First I had to deepen the curve to compensate to the defect. You can sense the different contour on the left. Still, it looks OK.

A close up of the defect…...

Now, I could
1. take the curve even deeper to get flush with defect but this will remove more a the top of the chop. I don’t wnat to do that.
2. abandon the curve and bevel it straight down.
3. flatten the surface and scab in a piece. even after re-contouring the grain will not match
4. put some Timbermate on it
5. complete the plan and live with it

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali



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#1 posted 464 days ago

I suppose a chamfer or roundover bit is out of the question?

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#2 posted 464 days ago

Superglue it back down!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 464 days ago

Shane – I am always reluctant to use a router. They make me nervous. Also, I am trying to echo the contour of my leg vise which was inspired by the Stanley lever cap. A standard round over bit wouldnt match. Still, I could have certainly used a round over bit to hog out the waste and probably should have. Too late now. I am learning here.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#4 posted 464 days ago

Mauricio, I’ll definitely super glue that sliver.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#5 posted 464 days ago

I dont like routers either. It is still functional, and that is the main thing. I wouldnt worry about. Or…you could send it to me. Just sayin’

It is still a very nice addition.

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#6 posted 464 days ago

I vote #4…

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

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#7 posted 464 days ago

yeah maybe Smitty can break you off some Timbermate.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#8 posted 464 days ago

Wood putty?

I like option #2, but that’s because I like chamfers over curves.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 464 days ago

What would it hurt in the function of the vise if that weren’t fixed? I’d say use the answer to that question to guide your answer to your original question.

-- Matt

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#10 posted 463 days ago

I would either go with #5, but more likely #6.

#6 would be a new design feature. Take out just enough all the way across the section to completely remove the defect. Glue in a piece of wood to match the leg vice or some other contrasting hard stuff.

Contour as originally planned.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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#11 posted 463 days ago

Do you have a #66 beader? Run a bead across the entire bevel that’d hit the split area…

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

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#12 posted 463 days ago

create a divot in the contour on both ends.

Edit: Your turn Smitty.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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#13 posted 463 days ago

We’re definitely hitting the same theme, Don. I couldn’t leave it alone, that’s for sure, and if I couldn’t, there’s no way Scotty’s gonna leave it be. I do like the ‘glue in a piece of wood’ idea. I’m thinking a rabbet across the front with an inset piece shaped the way he originally envisioned. Many times the work he wanted to do, but what’s that saying about liking to aggravate oneself?

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

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#14 posted 463 days ago

This mini bench/moxon vise is a tool/jig. Not a piece of furniture. It is going to get beat up, assuming he actually uses it. Worrying about a cosmetic issue, and putting a lot of time into it will be defeated soon after it goes into potential use. However, as picky as Scott is, I imagine leaving it be, is not going to happen. I guess, I think it just isnt the end of the world, or even “demanding of of a fix.”

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#15 posted 463 days ago

I say just blend it in and call it a day. The curve will just be a little more gradually tappered than you planed. Heck a straight chamfer would look really nice tomm

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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