|Project by vipond33||posted 02-29-2012 05:31 AM||10076 views||68 times favorited||30 comments|
When the Moxon bandwagon rolled into Lumberjocks town I just knew I had to jump on and grab a seat. All thanks to the previous riders!
At home I have a fine cabinetmakers bench with two great vises and plenty of other work holding thingy’s, but at work I’m stuck with a big ole slab of an assembly bench that really needed something to help get a grip on my small stuff. No poncey dovetails being done here, just exacting fitting, planing, routing and careful glue-ups.
I scored a great deal on two 1 1/8” bench screws at Busy Bee for $34 and had an old butcher block table top to work from so I was up and away.. The beef is in those threads and the huge laminated front chop at 2 1/2” thick, with other parts at 1 3/4”. Those big slow acting screws are real powerful; easy to tweak for a smooth and heavy push and quite precise when perfectly light pressure is needed.
I added some bling to the speed handles with a couple of fancy drawer knobs and gave a little dash to the rear support by incorporating the curves from mid century danish-modern furniture legs. I think many of us are compelled to decorate our tools; it does make them truly & fondly our own.
The jaw faces are lined with thick leather-board, the tannery trade’s version of MDF, and multiple dog holes allow for many types of clamping accessories.
Because of the weight of the jaw and those heavy steel bits I added 1” dowel alignment rods to the assembly.. They work well to keep downwards deflection to a minimum when at the full opening of 9”.
Now all I need is more muscles to get it up.
34” x 6” x 18” About 12 hrs.
Build on LJ’s.
-- firstname.lastname@example.org : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.