|Project by CL810||posted 01-10-2014 01:52 AM||6306 views||25 times favorited||29 comments|
I built this joinery vise and small “bench top” with leftover maple from my bench build. The vise is 5” high and 25” wide. It is capable of holding wood 21.5” wide and 3.25” thick. I used 9” veneer screws with the nuts embedded in the back jaw (pic #5.) The work surface is 23” wide and 15” deep.
Since the front jaw of a moxon vise is typically heavily chamfered, I thought why waste that beautiful live edge. I’m happy with how it turned out but wonder if I should have darkened it with Watco’s dark walnut Danish oil instead of their natural Danish oil.
The finish was an initial coat of Zinsser’s Sealcoat sanding sealer (1 lb. cut dewaxed shellac.) I then sanded this more aggressively then you would normally a sealer. I originally planned to use just Danish oil for the finish. But on my test boards the oil created a “dirty” look to the maple. So I tempered the oil’s ability to penetrate the wood with the sealer. The aggressive sanding still allowed some oil to penetrate while still keeping the maple’s clean appearance.
The verdict is out, but looks grim, for the veneer screws. While they are a very low cost alternative to Benchcrafted’s hardware, they may not be stout enough. There is 3/32” vertical play in them. Addionally, the hand wheels are not smooth. You certainly cannot spin them like Benchcrafted’s hardware.
Thanks for looking!
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