|Project by Triumph1||posted 12-09-2014 07:37 PM||6444 views||45 times favorited||19 comments|
Having a very small shop means that I do not have the room for a beautiful, Roubo style work bench. In the mean time I designed and built this Moxon Vise/mini-bench to place on my shop counter. There have been many of these on this site so it might look a little familiar. The first picture shows the finished vise. The holding power on this thing is amazing! I have used the Benchcrafted hardware kit on mine but afterwards I also found a really nice hardware kit from Jason at Texas Heritage Woodworks. Give him a look…along with all the other cool things he offers!
The bench portion was created by cutting down 7” wide x 2” thick hard maple boards. I processed them down to create a bench top approximately 27” x 16” x 3”. The back of the vise is 32” x 5.5” x 1.75” and the face of the vise is 28” x 5.625” x 3”. The face is made from quartersawn white oak and hard maple. The face was made 3” thick since I wanted to use dogs in it and that was the recommended thickness. To add a bit of bling to it I did a claro walnut inlay of my makers mark. There are two 2.5” tall x 2” thick bench supports that hold everything level and help attach it to the counter top. The supports are screwed on to adjust for wood movement.
The vise was finished with three coats of tung oil.
I cannot wait to take full advantage of this vise! I never had a spot where I could really use a handsaw or hand plane…this is going to be awesome! Keep making that sawdust everyone!
-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!