Bench-top Bench with Moxon Vise #3: Top glue up and start of legs

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Blog entry by Eric posted 05-22-2022 01:19 AM 1289 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: The Heart of the Moxon Part 3 of Bench-top Bench with Moxon Vise series Part 4: Sliding dovetails »

Finally got back to this project. Last night I drilled out the dog holes on the press, easier to handle prior to glue up. Then started gluing up the bench top, a few stages so stuff would not slide around much. Let the two halfs set overnight.

This morning I ran the two halfs through the thickness planner, had a couple of small ridges at the glue lines. Then glued the two halfs together. Off to yard work.

I had an idea about the legs and aprons. Organilly a tenon with a pin, (scratch that). Decided to incorporate a sliding dove tail.

Yesterday, work was a short day. So I managed to assemble a few things for the table saw. A auxiliary fence, making it taller, a tenon jig to slide over the auxiliary fence. And added an extension to the miter gauge, with a stop block.

With the new gadgets for the table saw I cut the tenons for the legs. Originally I was going to use a through tenon into the bench, (scratch that, afraid it would split at the edge). So I cut the tenon half the top thickness. Shop made accessories worked great.

Then cut a larger tenon on the aprons. I will have to pare them down to create the dovetail pin. I laid out the tail on the legs, using a bradpiont bit at the drill press cleared out the bulk of waste. Then chisel and mallet to to get the narrow width of the tail and to depth. I still need to pare the angle to complete the tails. Then pare the tenons to fit.

So far please with the project, a few sketches to get my started, but no definite plans. A few changes along the way after thinking about stress points that may fail down the road. And the top turned out great. I plan on installing the apron an 1-1/4” from the edges, which will allow use of clamps.

Thanks for reading, and comments always welcome.

More to follow.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#1 posted 05-22-2022 02:17 AM

Eric, terrific work on the Moxon. I think you’ll really like having it. Sometimes it just makes sense to stand at a bench and do the work at above bench top level.


-- DaveS2, Canton GA aka pdwoodwerkz

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#2 posted 05-22-2022 02:20 AM

Dave, thanks. Yes I like to stand at the bench and work. I have a few stools stationed around the shop, and they get moved around.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#3 posted 05-22-2022 02:31 AM

Looking great! That is really going to come in handy for future projects.

-- Phil, Missouri,

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#4 posted 05-22-2022 02:37 AM

Phil, thanks. That was my plan to use. I keep finding that I need to create jigs to get projects done. I think I have just about gotten those done now.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 05-22-2022 03:38 AM

Looks like nice progress, Eric.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 05-22-2022 09:53 AM

Dave P, Thanks I am happy with it.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#7 posted 05-22-2022 12:37 PM

Moving right along Eric. I’m following this so if I’m ever in the market I’ll have it for back up.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 05-22-2022 12:37 PM

As I’m reading along I’m wondering if I might need one if these. Now that I have a bench with a leg vise and a tail vise I’m stsrting to appreciate the value of having the appropriate vise for the task at hand.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#9 posted 05-22-2022 01:19 PM

Some very impressive work there Eric. Very interesting to follow nice work.

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#10 posted 05-22-2022 02:09 PM

nice vise i notice Earl little dice wacker i love mine :<)))))))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#11 posted 05-22-2022 02:45 PM

Dave D thanks. I think it would work out for anyone, raising the work so one can stand.

Earl, thanks. When I tested the chops following drilling the required holes, this puppy really had a grip. Hay, that little dice hammer has a nice balance in my hand, turning out to be a go to hammer.

Dave (WV) far it’s been a fun project, and learning.

Tony, thanks. I am enjoying working on it, and learning how to do create sliding dovetails. And yes Earl’s dice hammer is a nice little Wacker for chisels and driving blocks together.

Note: I drilled bulk of mortise out with a brad point bit at the press. Gives a nice refference for the depth as chopping the rest out.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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James E McIntyre

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#12 posted 05-22-2022 03:26 PM

Coming along just fine Eric. It’s going to be a great new addition and it’s nice that it’s going to be a stand alone vice and work table.

I hate to ask how much you spent on the hard maple $

I would have liked to see a close up of you dovetails and pins.

-- James E McIntyre

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#13 posted 05-22-2022 05:47 PM

James, thanks. Yes I’m going go like the smaller work surface. The Maple ran around 7.50 a BF, I purchased it back in March while visiting the step daughter. Started out 10’ x 7” x 8/4.

I’ll post some photos of dovetails on my next blog series.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#14 posted 05-22-2022 08:32 PM

That’s really looking good Eric.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#15 posted 05-22-2022 09:20 PM

Duck, thanks. I have managed to finish the sliding dovetails for the apron to legs today. Laid out and cut tenon going into rear chop. And after thinking about the leg attachment, looks like another sliding dovetail. To allow for wood movement, even though it should no be much, but it dies get humid here in t he summer.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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