[Moxon Mini-bench] For sooth, mine bench completeth well.

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Blog entry by RaggedKerf posted 03-20-2013 10:28 PM 1743 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Jumping back in to the icebox, I mean shop, I finished up the Moxon mini-bench today and am well pleased.

First order of business was to get the poplar nut-housings cut and chopped so I can make the handles for the threaded rods like on my leg vise. These are about half the size of the leg vise hardware so it went a lot faster. Especially because I could take the mini-bench (as it is) in the house where it’s warm and hack out the holes without worrying about damaging furniture! I just put it on the ground and sat on my knees. 20 minutes later I had the hardware embedded in the poplar and ready to be cut free.
Once cut free and sanded the handles were ready.

I then mounted the face of the vice to the bench (out in the garage again) and clamped it together so I could drill out 3/8” holes for some oak dowels to go through the back of the vise and into the front legs. These pegs will support the front vise so all the weight doesn’t land on the threaded rods. I didn’t glue the dowels in place so they can be removed/replaced if necessary. They are nice and snug however. The picture was after I attached the hardware though…

Once the holes were drilled, I hacked out notches on either corner of the vise face with the coping saw (and didn’t do that well, so I have another item for the “must practice” list).

I may go back and cut out the marked parts on the upper corners you see above, or maybe I’ll chisel it down to make a little bevel look…or maybe I’ll leave good enough the hell alone. At any rate, that’s pure decoration that I don’t have time for. Maybe when I’m done with the secret project.

Then it was just a matter of putting poplar encased hardware on the rods and locking everything down. Insert the pegs and voila, the Moxon vise is complete. Verily!

And does it work for the intended purpose? Brilliantly!

My back feels better already. Can’t wait to hit the dovetails again!

-- Steve

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#1 posted 03-21-2013 01:11 AM

The beauty is expressed in the dovetails! Nice!

-- Al,Midwest -To thine own self be true

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#2 posted 03-21-2013 03:49 PM

Thanks Al! I think it’ll make cutting those dovetails a LOT easier now…

-- Steve

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#3 posted 03-21-2013 06:16 PM

Reax through your blog starting with workbench, was a good read. Like this moxon idea.. simple yet effective

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#4 posted 03-21-2013 07:02 PM

Thanks Justin…I can report it worked for cutting dovetails like a champ. Way better than stooping over the leg vise (which, while it worked, also led me to seek a beer and relax afterwards…not very conducive to a good work ethic).

-- Steve

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