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Moravian workbench build #12: Tool tray

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Blog entry by controlfreak posted 02-28-2021 11:55 AM 475 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: The leg vise is now functional Part 12 of Moravian workbench build series Part 13: The Finish »

Other than some minor tweaks the tool tray came together yesterday. It was drying (glue) so it is still the only feature of the bench that is still unused but will be a welcome addition. I used 3/4” pine for the bottom and sides. I edge jointed two pieces to make the bottom. Used some ripped 2×4’s for cauls after adding a minor taper or crown. The glue up was dead flat so it was the right call.

I was finally able to put my Stanley 45 into service to plough the 1/4” groove for the bottom. This was much quicker than fiddling around setting up a dado stack. It was a pleasure to do.

This is where trouble started to creep in. I thought I had mastered dovetails but that can’t be true. Having the tail board in a Moxon vise at the optimum position was not possible with a 6’ long board and it felt really awkward. Then I forgot the mod to cover the ploughed groove. It was so off I needed to re do it twice. This is the first reject.

I redid a few times and while still not perfect I decided I would use some glue and saw dust to fill a gap or two (this is one of the tweaks I still need to do). I decided to not let perfection be the enemy of a functional workbench, I can always build another down the road.

It was now time for another joinery plane’s first ride my Stanley 78. Thanks to @Bandit for giving me the depth stop screw and the tip on completing the cross grain sections first. As I started the long grain work I realized that I needed to keep the blade proud of the side a few thousand’s instead of flush. I started getting a bit of a slope on the side wall. I corrected this for the remainder and used a chisel to modify a bit.

It fits well and only needs two screws on the side and some cleats to lock it into the workbench.

Other than some tweaks, removing pencil lines and adding some Danish oil for finish this is almost complete. Thanks for following.



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Sylvain

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#1 posted 02-28-2021 12:11 PM

It is nice looking.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#2 posted 02-28-2021 12:18 PM

That looks really good! I had the same struggles trying to dovetail my tool tray frame too… “Ok, so I have to what, stand on my head?” lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#3 posted 02-28-2021 01:59 PM

Looking good!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#4 posted 02-28-2021 02:13 PM

That looks amazing. I plan to do that myself someday. A couple of thoughts…...I
I’m thinking of putting wedges in the corner of my tool fray to make it easier to clean out the shavings and I love the tail vise, it’s hard to tell from the pics, but depending on how close it is to the top of your bench if you ever resurface it, that might be a problem spot. Beautiful work. Big fan of that design.

-- -Todd

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#5 posted 02-28-2021 02:26 PM


A couple of thoughts…...I
I’m thinking of putting wedges in the corner of my tool fray to make it easier to clean out the shavings and I love the tail vise, it’s hard to tell from the pics, but depending on how close it is to the top of your bench if you ever resurface it, that might be a problem spot.
- tt1106

Thank you. One of the things that attracted me to this bench is the way it easily breaks down. I plan on finishing this blog with a short movie showing it getting setup. The tool tray is not attached so all that needs to be done to clean is just the pick up on the back and dump out the shavings. As I flatten the top the vise chop can be removed and shaved on a table saw or planed. Right now it is dead even. Tool tray sides will need to be planed down to keep flush with the top as well. This is the reason the top half pin is left wider to compensate.

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#6 posted 02-28-2021 02:42 PM

To clean the tray one just remove/topple it. It just slides in place.
Look here from 18’15”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZmHBquTDX8

If needed, one can put shims between the underside of the top and the vise mechanism.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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