Saw bench

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Project by newwoodbutcher posted 03-02-2017 06:35 AM 1162 views 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I used a creaky plywood work bench with a Record vice for 20 years. As soon as I started working a piece of wood in my new Roubo bench I for the first time appreciated a rock solid-unmoving- tight grip bench. What a difference for ease and accuracy in planning and sawing, although the low height of the bench made some chisel and sawing work tough on my old back. I decided a Moxon Vice was going to be my next shop tool. My concern was that the standard configuration was so big and heavy I wouldn’t use it much unless it was permanently mounted somewhere. There wasn’t enough room on the bench to do that so I decided a separate “Sawing Bench” in the Moxon style would be my best choice. I made the top 4 1/2” thick out of Beech with Cherry jaws and Benchcrafted hardware. The legs are Doug Fir leftovers from a patio cover project made from 6”x10” milled to 4”x 8”. The bench is 34” wide, 24” deep and 41” tall. It’s a beast. Initially the new saw bench was a disappointment in that it was unstable, the foot print was too narrow for such a tall bench, it moved too much in use. So, I attached a leftover piece of ¾” Mahogany Plywood to the back of the bench added a shelf and some trim and screwed the whole thing to the wall. I am now delighted with this new tool. The height is perfect for sawing and chisel work. My first project with the new bench was a Greene and Greene inspired Blanket Chest with all hand cut joinery. I can’t believe how much this tool helped me cut accurate joinery quickly. My only slight criticism is the vice hardware. It is nicely made quality stuff, but I would have preferred jaws that opened and closed by spinning the wheels instead of having to manually pull open the jaws. But it is a very small inconvenience from an otherwise outstanding tool addition to my crowded shop.

-- Ken

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#1 posted 03-03-2017 07:15 PM

Very nice!!

-- "Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good" Minor Myers

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#2 posted 03-03-2017 07:18 PM

Like the cherry top. Nice work.

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