Moxon Benchtop Bench - Part 3 - End

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Blog entry by Daniel Solowiej posted 06-07-2017 11:54 AM 2368 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone !
This is the third and last part of the built of my Moxon benchtop bench (a Moxon vise benchtop bench). Today I share with you the making of the handles and the finishing.

To make the handles I considered to embed the nuts in a floral shape, using the leftover wood of the legs, (guayubirá “Patagonula americana”).
It is evident that at this stage of the work, we can make a perfect flower, symmetrical, neat, but above all cold.
However, to bring something more natural to a rigid design in itself (but with a pattern of symmetry), the carving was addressed in a gestural form. Although the beginning of the same has bases of symmetry, only this was considered as starting point, to work then with files quickly and spontaneously, although retaining the initial concept. It was my choice, a type of possible aesthetic, that also maintains the inertia when spinning, by its weights close to the balance. If not, why the reason to choose a fixed rod for a quick action movement ?
Therefore, the handles intentionally show irregularities, scratches and marks of the tool, but in turn are soft and very pleasant to the touch, as well as functional, being by their measures, able to be squeezed by both hands if necessary. I consider that they integrate well to the whole.

The gluing of the nut and wood was made with epoxy, cutting slots on both sides to give more grip of rotation.
Unnecessary ? It really takes no work to do it ! and I can forget a pin or screw through.
I share a trick with you:
I use Thinner to match and clean excess epoxy when it has not yet set. This is a custom, which has given me excellent results, especially in restorations, since it does not require further aggression of the materials, with tools or sandpaper. When the epoxy has set is already done, with no need for subsequent retouching.

For the finishing I opted to use a coat of a homemade wiping varnish in order to seal the pores, prepared with 1/2 part of varnish and 1/2 part of mineral spirit. Then sanding, and subsequent application of paste wax (except the inside of the jaws).
This was the only stage in which I used sandpaper, 1/4 of a sheet, which can still be used a lot.
In my thoughts, always considered paste wax to be the right finish for a workbench (without demerit other products or opinions). The glue does not stick to it and maintenance is done with the leftovers of works using wax. I usually, when finished, wash the wax rags (or boiled linseed oil rags) used for other jobs on the bench.That way I take advantage of the wax (or oil) and keep the bench in good condition.
I do not advise applying paste wax to the inside of the jaws, since it is lubricant, and there we need grip.

That’s all for now. Be very good, and see you next time ! Cheers.

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Be very good, and see you next time ! Cheers.

-- Daniel Solowiej, Argentina,

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#1 posted 06-07-2017 12:17 PM

This is a beautifully crafted tool that will be a pleasure to use, great attention to detail, well done.

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#2 posted 06-07-2017 01:40 PM

This is a beautifully crafted tool that will be a pleasure to use, great attention to detail, well done.

- Oldtool

Many thanks ! it was very pleasant to build it.

-- Daniel Solowiej, Argentina,

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