Simplifying things - new workbench, moxon vise, and sawbench

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Project by lumberjoe posted 01-06-2015 08:38 PM 12539 views 23 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

2015 is going to be the year of simplification and getting back to roots. In my commitment to going mostly unplugged, I decided to take it a step further.

First is the new bench. I decided on a traditional english jointers (“Nicholson”) bench. That means there are no vises of any kind at all. work holding is done with planing stops, crochets, and holdfasts. This makes working a lot faster and more efficient since I don’t have to keep messing with vise screws The center support can be positioned at 2 different heights and used as another planing stop.

Cross grain planing is easy with the adjustable planing stop (that runs 2 feet down the leg and is captive on 3 sides), and a doe’s foot. This keeps the piece captive against all planing forces, but I can freely lift it, and flip it and get going on the other side with no adjustments.

Edge planing is done with the crochet, a peg or two, and a holdfast

Same for sawing tenons

The planing stop is also useful for bench hooks and shooting boards

For delicate joinery, I like to raise the work up a bit. That’s where the moxon comes in. This was made on the cheap with some select cherry that turned out to be really nice. The bocote knobs on the handle spin freely, and the front chop is sleeved so it slides easily on the threads. It’s 24” long, 6” deep, and 18” between the screws.

It’s secured to the bench with holdfasts

The saw bench is based on one from Shannon Rogers. It took me about an hour to make it using some select pine. I painted the base with some old paint in the basement to give it a little protection. It’s about knee height for me


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#1 posted 01-06-2015 08:45 PM

Whoa oO

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#2 posted 01-06-2015 10:47 PM

That is one nice bench Joe but with no vise .
Sounds like you are looking for a slower and more relaxed pace which is likely a good thing and more enjoyable to go about wood working .

I wish you all the best


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#3 posted 01-06-2015 11:10 PM

You did a hell of a job, the bench looks great !......Very detailed description and good pictures. Thanks for sharing

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#4 posted 01-06-2015 11:22 PM

Loving the entire set up. I have vises, and think you might be right about vise less being more motion efficient. I’m certain it won’t slow things down.

The craftsmanship displayed is superb, and true to the spirit of each piece. Well done, and thanks for sharing it with us!

PS: need the bondo pose. Tradition, and all. :-)

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#5 posted 01-06-2015 11:55 PM

Joe, great fixtures. Also, the “Bondo” is required, bad juju if you don’t!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 01-07-2015 12:01 AM


-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#7 posted 01-07-2015 12:02 AM

Very ingenious, great job.

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#8 posted 01-07-2015 01:17 AM



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#9 posted 01-07-2015 01:19 AM

Fill me in, what’s the Bondo pose?


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#10 posted 01-07-2015 01:23 AM

Here is terryR doing his rendition:

The history behind is that someone posted a photo of a buxom young lady posing atop a roubo bench, and bondogaposis (LJ member) retorted with a shot of himself atop his own newly built bench.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#11 posted 01-07-2015 03:17 AM

Awesome. Can you explain and show more about your face plaining setup with the planing stop and doe’s foot?

Nice shooting plane there too.

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#12 posted 01-07-2015 02:11 PM

Admirably unugged, Joe! Not familiar with a doe’s foot. Thanks for sharing.
Edit: found it here also known as a notched batten. Learned something :-)

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#13 posted 01-07-2015 03:48 PM

That is great work. Very similar to what I have in mind. I love doing builds that get used all the time.

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#15 posted 01-07-2015 08:33 PM

Great idea. Looks like it will work great.

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