Moxon bench #1: shaker desk I'm process. I need a bench!!!

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Blog entry by John posted 04-16-2012 01:33 AM 1596 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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having just finished reading the Schwarz’s Workbench design book before heading back into my shop to finish my daughter’s Shaker style desk, I am seriously Jonesing for a real bench.


rather than go all-out Ruobo for my first real bench, I’m thinking of making a Moxon-ish dovetailing bench. it also needs to be a bench for sharpening with my new Brian Burns double bevel system ( ).

makeshift dovetailing

I’m thinking 48” wide, 24” deep, 4×4 legs and the top at least 3” thick with dog holes for the Moxon vise and hold downs. 4×4 stretchers about 6” off the floor, maybe a shelf or two – if not a second shelf, then a deep drawer.

not sure about height yet, I think I should sketchup the Moxon vise first and test some heights for what feels most comfortable using countertops around the house, and even my lathe which is at a really nice height.

-- John - Central PA -

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#1 posted 04-16-2012 02:16 AM

I feel your pain in this. I use planes but lack in a bench to facilitate the process; good luck getting one built.

-- A posse ad esse

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#2 posted 04-16-2012 11:14 AM

I’m another Russ who feels your pain. Not a day goes by that I don’t long for a real bench. Most of my clamping operations are makeshift, securing my workpiece to whatever I can make work. It’s oh so very sad.

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#3 posted 04-16-2012 01:47 PM

I have recently starting using hand planes and I am finding it particularly difficult to get anything done as well since my bench is currently an old round kitchen table on a rolling platform. The major problem is that I am currently renting a town house and was hoping to move in the next year. No sense in building a giant bench just to have to rip it apart and start all over again in less than a year. Can’t wait to have my own house and workshop!

I have two table saws and I am using one to clamp all my work to at the moment. Not the best, but it is something.

-- MolokMot, Rocker, Woodworker, Geek

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