Moxon Joinery bench

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Project by Félix l'Ébénix posted 04-14-2018 01:15 PM 2077 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My regular woodworking bench is at the perfect hight for planing wood, but I wanted something a little bit higher for doing more detailed work such as carving or joinery.

The moxon vise is made with 3/4” acme threaded rod and the matching nuts, which I embedded behind the non-moving wood jaw. The handles are made of ebony that I cut, chiseled and rasped to shape. They’re epoxied to the steel rods. The vise can firmly hold boards up to 24 inches wide.

Most materials were salvaged from the dumpster. The laminated top and the frame material were 11 feet long pallet stretchers. I took the nails out and planned them flat. I think they’re some kind of soft maple. the drawer fronts and the matching side boards were long laminated pieces of oak flooring which had been left on the curb. The frame was milk painted and everything was covered with natural tung oil.


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#1 posted 04-14-2018 02:19 PM

It’s great to have the foresight to see a tool in a pile of scrap. great job

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 04-14-2018 02:36 PM

Wow… great job Felix. That looks like it will get a lot of use and the drawers are a great addition.

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Félix l'Ébénix

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#3 posted 04-14-2018 03:43 PM

Thanks guys!

@recycle1943: I had that project in mind for a long time and when I saw this nice (and free) hard wood laying on the ground, it gave me the motivation to give it a start.

@MrWolfe: You can’t tell from the pictures, but the drawers are running on soft close hidden drawer slides that I got for a dollar or two at the Ikea discount section. I had to modify them a bit, but they’re working like a charm.
I also lined the drawer’s bottoms with cork to provide some protection to my tools and also (mostly) because I thought it looked cool.


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#4 posted 04-14-2018 06:53 PM

That’s a terrific bench. I love the way it moves up and down, and the vise is a killer. You did a great job on design and construction. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#5 posted 04-14-2018 07:36 PM

Very nice.

Always works better when made to fit your situation too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 04-15-2018 01:06 AM

That is a super useful looking bench. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 04-15-2018 12:35 PM

Absolutely beautiful. Especially for found wood…

Almost too pretty to work on!

Love those panels too!

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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Félix l'Ébénix

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#8 posted 04-15-2018 01:33 PM

@Underdog: Don’t worry. I built this as a functional object. As we speak, it’s covered in dust and wood chips and it’s got chisel marks on top. That’s how it should be ;). That being said, I don’t stab it on purpose, but I accept that it will wear with time.

It’s funny how we tend to look for «signs of use» and «original patina» when we look at antiques, but be have a difficult time standing them on new pieces of furniture. Same goes with humans. The first wrinkles and grey hair hurt until we get used to it and call it «character» and «experience».


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Scott Landry

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#9 posted 04-16-2018 04:43 AM

I have vise envy. Nice bench. I’m sure you will love it.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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Jamie McDonald

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#10 posted 06-21-2018 12:17 AM

I want one just like yours!

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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