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Moxon Benchtop Bench . . .again

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Project by boatz posted 01-06-2016 11:06 PM 4110 views 26 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project had several firsts for me. Currently none of my benches have a vise, so I decided to build a benchtop bench with a Moxon vise. I started with 8/4 hard maple. This was my first time milling hardwood. The support legs are mortise and tenon and bolted to the benchtop. This was my first time doing mortise and tenons. My first assembly was nowhere near square. I learned the hard way about uniform heights and keeping all the shoulders level and square. The legs have a little red oak laminated with the maple. I used the Benchcrafted vise hardware – really nice. The bench is finished in three coats of Watco Danish oil.
Now that I have a vise, my next project will be learning hand cut dovetails. My goal will be one a day.
I want to give credit to S. C. Rogers and Fine Working Magazine whose design ideas I incorporated in my bench.

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need





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woodtablet

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#1 posted 01-06-2016 11:50 PM

Nice job, it looks amazing. I like the slots in your table as well. What keeps it on the table? Is it clamped or does the weird hold it in place?

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woodchuckerNJ

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#2 posted 01-07-2016 12:15 AM

The mortise and tenon is going the wrong way.
you have long grain to long grain, M&T you do short grain to long grain.

So those upright supports are not offering full strength. The grain should have been oriented the other way.
And it should have a tight join, I see light through your joint.

Not meant to criticize, merely trying to explain.

-- Jeff NJ

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boatz

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#3 posted 01-07-2016 12:33 AM

Woodtablet
I use clamps to hold it down. I mount the clamps to the “wings to each side”

woodchuckerNJ
Appreciate the tips. I ran out of wood and had to laminate with what I had. Didn’t want to buy another 8/4 board.

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need

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SirGareth

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#4 posted 01-07-2016 01:51 AM

Very nice! May I ask what issue of FWW magazine you used for the design?

-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

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boatz

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#5 posted 01-07-2016 02:10 AM

SirGareth
It was issue 198 March 2008. I had to make adjustments for the thickness of the top one the overall height I wanted on my bench

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need

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drewpy

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#6 posted 01-07-2016 03:13 AM

Nicely done. This is on my list. I purchased the hard maple before Christmas so now it’s time to get moving on it. Thanks for posting.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#7 posted 01-07-2016 05:59 AM

nice work…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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Joel153

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#8 posted 01-07-2016 09:53 AM

Good job! That is one of the projects on my (long) list. It is nice to see someone else who admits to having some difficulties getting things to come together correctly, working through it, and ending with a good looking, functional result.
Joel

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#9 posted 01-07-2016 02:13 PM

It’s a very nice piece and a fine addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Julian

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#10 posted 01-07-2016 02:57 PM

Looks great. I made a moxon vise a few years ago and it sure makes cutting dovetails much more comfortable.

-- Julian

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drewpy

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#11 posted 01-07-2016 10:24 PM

How thick did you make the top?

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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boatz

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#12 posted 01-07-2016 10:35 PM

Drewpy
I started with 8/4 maple that I milled to 1 3/4” thick. I ripped the boards to 2 1/2” width then laminated them. I started the dog holes with my router using a a 3/4” upcut spiral bit. Finished them with a 3/4” drill bit. Sanded to 220 grit.
Hope I answered the question you asked.

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need

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boatz

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#13 posted 01-07-2016 10:37 PM

WistyWoodsWorkimgWomders,Julian and Hellofawreck – thanks for the kind words

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need

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JustLikeJames

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#14 posted 01-07-2016 10:46 PM

Great looking little bench. I need to build one too since I can’t afford a full size bench of that construction.
I’m intrigued by the cabinet/workbench you have it sitting on too. Any info/pics of that project?

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boatz

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#15 posted 01-08-2016 02:16 AM

JustLikeJames
It is a variation of the ultimate tool stand. You can find pics all over the Internet. It was my first woodworking project. Here are a couple of pics

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need

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