Bar Clamp Bench Top Bench

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Project by nakmuay posted 02-16-2017 04:31 PM 1764 views 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m really loving dovetails, so I decided that I wanted a moxon style vice purely for that. I’m still relatively new at this though and I couldn’t justify the benchcraft kit when I have so much still left to buy. This in my cheepo version of the Finewoodworking plans. It’s 17×13x9, the clamp spacing means that it can accept a board up to 14” wide. The base is pine 2×4 planed down to remove to radius with mortice and tenon joints. Because it’s so small the top has no long unsupported sections so I used 1” maple. I don’t do any heavy work on it, but it seams pretty solid.

The vise uses a a 2” laminated maple and 1/2 oak on the other side, there is a 2×4 directly behind the oak so there’s no flex. Now why did I use bar clamps instead of pipe clamps…....! Because they were laying in the shed.
One of the benefit however is that they they quick release easy. Half a turn they slide right out, push the center of the vice in, couple of turns either side and it’s clamped. I framed them in with some left over cherry scrap and filled it with epoxy. It’s 3 months old and so far no issues.

Sorry for the long post, the school teacher in me makes me explain EVERYTHING!
Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 02-17-2017 02:50 AM

Don’t apologize for detail. It’s appreciated. We are all vicariously building everyone else’s projects! Good work and very useful.

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#2 posted 02-19-2017 02:15 AM

Looks handy. If you haven’t already done so, glue leather to one side if the vise clamping element. It’ll help hold without marring the wood. You can pick one up at any upholstery shop, probably for free if it’s scrap. Any spray adhesive will do the trick.

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