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A one weekend project! I’d been sitting on the Benchcrafted vise kit since I built the Roubo bench – was just waiting for the right piece of walnut to come my way.
-- Adam - Red Hook, NY
May 04, 2014
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#1 posted 05-04-2014 01:03 PM
Beautiful! If I ever get to the point where I deem myself worthy, I want a BC moxon.
The walnut you selected is superb.
Regarding the front chamfer, is there a functional reason for it, or is it purely decorative. I can imagine scenarios that it could allow greater access to the workpiece. (I don’t recall noticing it in other BC moxon builds, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t there)
It could be that the beautiful walnut drew my eye away from the hardware this time. ;-)
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#2 posted 05-04-2014 01:35 PM
This looks great! How thick are your pieces of walnut finished? And how tall are they compared to your bench top?
Bucket – I think the chamfer allows more room for cutting half blind and full blind dovetails. Chris Schwarz did it to his Moxon vise as well.
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#3 posted 05-04-2014 03:17 PM
Nice job love these style of vise’s.. Should serve you well for a very long time.
-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"
#4 posted 05-04-2014 11:28 PM
@Buckethead: Thanks for the comments! The bench top slab is (if I remember correctly) 4 1/2” and the vise is 6” (ish). The chamfer is (as Walden suggests) to allow lower angle saw cuts ala half blind dovetails.
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#5 posted 05-05-2014 12:10 AM
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#6 posted 05-05-2014 02:09 AM
Nice job! You definitely found the right piece of walnut.
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#7 posted 05-05-2014 09:33 PM
Beautiful job!! Can you make a tripod?
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#8 posted 05-06-2014 12:46 AM
How did you shape the ends on your chamfers? Also, did you use a router bit? I did a big chamfer on mine, but lacked a big router bit and had to do it on the bandsaw. It came out a little rough.
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#9 posted 05-06-2014 04:14 AM
wow – that looks almost too nice to be a vise that you can use. Well done!
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