Bench on bench / Moxon vise

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Project by Bryan posted 01-13-2015 01:25 AM 2664 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello my fellow LJ’s. I’ve lurked around this site for years reading & learning from you guys. I finally decided to join LJ. What follows is the second project I felt was good enough to share.

Here is what I finished up this weekend. This bench on bench / Moxon vise is made up of recycled hardwood oak flooring with a maple top. The base is laminated lengths with mortise & tenon designed into the lamination (see photo) on some joints. Others mortises are cut by hand (I need more practice on chopping out mortises but I’m improving). I first had to remove the tounge & groove from the flooring. Then I milled it to a thickness & width that eliminated the years of abuse, finish build up, paint, etc. (see pic) the flooring had suffered. A couple of pictures show the base assembled after glue up. The vise components all came from the hardware store. I mortised in the nuts in the back of the vise & epoxied. The all thread rod is force threaded onto the pipe tees. I’ll probably change out the handles to hardwood. I can’t decide what (if any) finish to put on B.O.B. Any suggestions LJ’s?

-- No man is an island but some of us like being a peninsula.

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#1 posted 01-13-2015 02:20 AM

Looks good from here. Welcome to LJ!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 01-13-2015 10:45 AM

You have a fine looking bench/vice there, particularly as the materials are in the main from recycled sources. I’m sure you will have years of reliable service from it.

Well done and welcome aboard.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#3 posted 01-13-2015 11:30 AM

Very nice, you are a great example of new blodd that certainly has skills.

Me, I just take up space and sit in awe of you folks.

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

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#4 posted 01-13-2015 12:36 PM

very nice job.

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#5 posted 01-13-2015 02:35 PM

I like the idea of just using local hardware items for the mechanics of the vise. Good thinking.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 01-13-2015 03:10 PM

Looks good. You could drill and mount permanent dowels sticking out of the legs of your bench, then drill corresponding holds in your big bench to mount this into. This would avoid having to clap it down and would still make it removable. However you would have 4 holes in your workbench if you can live with that.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 01-13-2015 08:55 PM

Nice one!! Well designed and ruggedly built.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#8 posted 01-13-2015 11:06 PM

looks good. I’ve used old 3/4” hardwood flooring for a number of projects. Thanks for sharing your project with us.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 01-14-2015 12:26 AM

Welcome to LJ’s … You asked for suggestions on how to finish old BOB, ... I use a lot of boiled linseed oil (BLO)
on bench tops, and other tools. Then there is always the paint at the big box oops sales, I use a lot of that stuff too, it’s cheap and so am I. Use paint on the carcass not the top.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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