Moxon joinery bench

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Well i can thankfully say this is finished, well 99% save for some suede which i need to order and some remaining finishing elements. I plan to wet sand it with wax.

Anyways, this was quite the endeavor. I’ve always disliked my current bench as it has no vise, and no easy way of face clamping. Thusly i set out to build a bench that will work perfectly for everything i will need to do. My big bench will suffice for larger work and layout, and this for joinery, jointing, planing etc.

I imagine some will see this and wonder why all the effort for a bench? Well why not? I have to look at it every day so why not make it nice in the process. Since it’s inception I’ve been drafting it to see what works, what doesn’t and what i might want to do next. No part of this was necessarily planned out, more off the cuff I’d say. I looked at a few benches to get an idea.

The legs are 12/4 Douglas fir from Lowes, they do have some defects and issues, but for the most part they’re nice, and some are even quartersawn a bit.

The stretchers are 8/4 cherry, sawn by a co-worker, which was originally to be the base, but wanted something more meatier.

The top, sides, and chop are quartersawn sapele, which by the way smells incredible :).

Speaking of the chop, much inspiration came from Christopher schwarz and his gorgeous lambs tongue. I hesitated prior to diving in, and figured I HAD to at least try. You never learn by just thinking and procrastinating about a new technique! It paid off big as I had no issues, all went well.

I felt i couldn’t leave the ends squared, so i pulled off an Ogee-esque flair on the bandsaw and fine tuned it with planes and a sanding drum. The transition to the sides was done all with a sanding drum, no not by a drill press or powered sander, by me. I regret it :(. Took forever!

The tool well i saw on Shannon rogers bench and i quite liked the idea, although his incorporated slots for his saws, i found it better to add a side holder for them, as I’d prefer not to throw a plane or the like into it. It has an ogee profile router in the perimeter.

For the most part all the tenons were done by hand with some table saw work to remove the bulk. I learned a lot and hope to get a lot better at hand sawing real soon!

I figure it weighs over 150LBS, I can move it, albeit it’s a beast!

LET ME NOT FORGET TERRYR AND HIS GRACIOUSNESS IN MAKING ME THE WHEELS!! I feel they make it, they’re gorgeous! Made from Wenge. There is a nut epoxied into the back of it.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask! This was a blast to build, but I’m glad to be done! Thanks for looking.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#1 posted 07-31-2014 10:07 PM

Beautiful, Kevin! Really well thought out and even better with the execution.

-- "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 07-31-2014 10:11 PM

I have really been intrigued by Moxon vices lately as I have a bench build in the works. I like the custom knobs you made, the cast knobs they sell would look out of place on such a beautiful bench.

-- Dave, from ND "The mind is an infinitely long workbench, and its cluttered with half-finished thoughts and ideas, sometimes we need to clear off the workbench and start again from step one."

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#3 posted 07-31-2014 10:13 PM

Thanks guys and Dave, the wheels were made by TerryR. I sent him a request and he happily agreed. Can’t thank him enough!

The main reason for wooden hand wheels was cost.

The $130 i saved went towards lumber.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#4 posted 07-31-2014 10:13 PM

Very nice lat very nice you sir have major talent and also nice picture taking style


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#5 posted 07-31-2014 10:21 PM

And he hits one outa’ da pahk! Well done Kevin

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#6 posted 07-31-2014 10:24 PM

It is stunning. Typically I don’t like the look of more than two types of woods in a piece, but this looks amazing. Great job.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#7 posted 07-31-2014 10:29 PM

I thought it was gorgeous BEFORE I saw these hi res pics. HOLY COW. The wenge polished up nicely, how did you get it like that?

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA,

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#8 posted 07-31-2014 10:30 PM

Beautiful Moxon Bench, Lat. I will be keeping this image in my mind as inspiration.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#9 posted 07-31-2014 10:31 PM

Palaswood, TerryR made them, ask him. I believe it was sanded to 1500 grit on the lathe.

Rob-I have a sketchup file if interested.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#10 posted 07-31-2014 10:39 PM

Boss! Love it! Might have to make one int he future sometime :D

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#11 posted 07-31-2014 10:40 PM

Eric- Please do! Share if you do!

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#12 posted 07-31-2014 11:09 PM

Man alive. That thing is a work of art. Props brotha.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#13 posted 07-31-2014 11:26 PM

Definite home run, with two men on base!

Every detail came out great, Lat. Glad you added all those ogees and chamfers, too! So much better than a removable Moxon IMO.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#14 posted 07-31-2014 11:32 PM

Fantastic job Kevin! Those Wenge wheels are something to behold!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#15 posted 08-01-2014 12:11 AM

Lat, I’ve already expressed how awesome I find your bench. Having it all together, you know yourself that this is a masterpiece. It was gorgeous before you did the lamstongue, ogee and wenge hand wheels, but with those elements incorporated, and perfectly so I should add, it is perfection. This is an heirloom bench. Well done, and congratulations.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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