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A Benchtop Bench (Moxon Vise?)

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I just finished my Moxon style bench-top bench. I got the plans from Fine Woodworking March, April 2005. It has mortise and Tenon construction 1/4” bed type bolts holding it together. I made the clamp screw out of 3/4-10 all thread with 3/4 in dowel for the handle and a 1/2” pipe TEE for the head. I drilled out the straight part to 13/16

” and just force threaded the TEE on to the all thread. Then I held it on with a cotter pin. I inlet-ted 3/4” flat washers to hold the 3/4-10 half couplings in the vise with some screws and did the same to the face piece. I used recycled 2X4s and other scrounged material to build this, all told I spent 10 dollars and 3 days building it. It clamps like a dream, now I have to learn how to make dovetails. I want to make some fancy boxes to sell at the flea market and at craft shows.

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!





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mafe

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#1 posted 04-01-2011 12:11 AM

Impossible not to love this tiny bench.
Really well done.
Best thoughts,
MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Chris Moellering

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#2 posted 04-01-2011 12:16 AM

Bench on a bench….does that make it a meta-bench?

Nice job.

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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poopiekat

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#3 posted 04-01-2011 12:18 AM

Do you clamp this down to your standard workbench? I like the idea of using 3/4X10 threaded rod! This looks like the way to go when hand-cutting dovetails. Wow, I never heard of a vise/clamping system that sits on top of the bench, what a great idea!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Bricofleur

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#4 posted 04-01-2011 12:30 AM

Nice benchtop tool. A good way to save your back. I remember having seen the article and video by Jeff Miller. I’m sure you’ll love it.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 04-01-2011 12:31 AM

Now this is very cool! A must have no doubt!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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chrisstef

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#6 posted 04-01-2011 01:14 AM

The mini-me of work benches … how can you not like this. I want one !

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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bigike

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#7 posted 04-01-2011 01:30 AM

saweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet very nice idea.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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ChuckM

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#8 posted 04-01-2011 01:31 AM

Great execution, Ted. I liked your emphasis on the use of scraps (“I used recycled 2X4s and other scrounged material to build this, all told I spent 10 dollars and 3 days building it.”).

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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blackcherry

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#9 posted 04-01-2011 01:41 AM

So cool, made one myself and this week-end Jeff Miller the author of this bench is hosting the Lie Nielson traveling road show at his studio in Rogers Park a suburb of Chicago. Nice work on your bench enjoy using…BC

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DIYaholic

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#10 posted 04-01-2011 01:44 AM

If you water it and give it fertilizer, will it grow into a full size bench? It is a tree right, OK, was a tree!

I can see that being used for a “Traveling Show”! ie: career day at school, lesssons at local clubs & organizations, by a “infommercial” seller of WW supplies at the couny fair!

Actually I like your work, very good in a small shop.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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DanK

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#11 posted 04-01-2011 04:50 AM

Here’s the link to the article / PDF you can read without signing up:
http://www.finewoodworking.com/Workshop/WorkshopArticle.aspx?id=30583

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#12 posted 04-01-2011 06:31 AM

Very nice, I’m like everyone else – I want one too! So when do we get action shots posted with this tool in use? Congrats.

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

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#13 posted 04-01-2011 09:54 AM

It is impossible to not love it! What is the thread size on the rod?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Paulo in Texas

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#14 posted 04-01-2011 03:20 PM

This is an impressive looking vise. I have one of the old tabletop Workmates that they don’t make anymore, but I may have to replace it with one of these.

@ DanK, thanks for the download link.

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ladiesman217

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#15 posted 04-01-2011 09:05 PM

Yo dawg, I heard you like benches, so I put a bench in your bench to put your bench on your bench. That’s a pretty sweet bench. I think it would fit people of short stature like myself fairly well.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

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