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Project by antkn33 posted 03-16-2019 11:43 PM 2143 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Based on a fww article. Made of beech.





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AJ1104

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#1 posted 03-17-2019 12:00 AM

Great looking and functional bench-top bench. It looks like you got every detail perfectly. Great job !

-- AJ

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htl

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#2 posted 03-17-2019 12:20 AM

That will be one handy tool and so pretty too!!!

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#3 posted 03-17-2019 08:42 AM

Nice table topper, you’ll love it.

Where did you source your hardware?

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antkn33

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#4 posted 03-17-2019 01:45 PM

These are the knobs. The rest of the hardware was just from a local ace hardware. https://www.mscdirect.com/product/details/02582385?fromRR=Y

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#5 posted 03-17-2019 03:07 PM

Very nicely crafted. I have to admit that my limited imagination cannot figure out the use for these bench top benches providing you already have a bench with vises and different holding options. I’m sure that they must be useful though as so many have taken the time to build them and seem very happy to have them. What am I missing?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 03-17-2019 05:40 PM



These are the knobs. The rest of the hardware was just from a local ace hardware. https://www.mscdirect.com/product/details/02582385?fromRR=Y

- antkn33

Thanks.

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therealSteveN

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#7 posted 03-17-2019 05:45 PM


Very nicely crafted. I have to admit that my limited imagination cannot figure out the use for these bench top benches providing you already have a bench with vises and different holding options. I m sure that they must be useful though as so many have taken the time to build them and seem very happy to have them. What am I missing?

- stefang

Typical “woodworking” benches for hand tool use anyhow, are generally made to a backbreaking low height, for all chores except hand planing, and sawing for length, or crosscuts. On the sawing a lot of folks go with a saw bench, either like a sit down draw horse, and kneel to saw, or taller, sometimes wall mounted affairs.

The Moxon is to sit on top of the standard height bench for sawing, and fitting of Dovetail work, and other sawn, and chiseled details where bending to the lower height workbench will kill most peoples backs.

If you are able to do all chores from one height of bench, consider yourself lucky, most cannot, especially on projects taking some hours, or days full of this work.

I’m 6’2” and use a taller bench then most, but doing DTs without a Moxon type bench just kills my back.

Technically this one is a mini bench, It shares the Moxon vise front, and has a working flat behind it, thus “mini bench” You could be use it on a kitchen table if that was the work area for a person, either due to cost, or space for a larger bench. Some have been know to travel with such a bench, and do their woodworking when they are on the road for work. I like them for just doing hand tool work on any bench, counter top, or mostly flat space.

If I was going to build a Moxon, I’d make it a mini bench, or a Moxon, with a back deck.

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#8 posted 03-17-2019 10:28 PM

Steve’s 100% right. That’s who I built it.

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Chiaroscuro

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#9 posted 03-18-2019 02:55 AM

I love mine, but because I built my (formerly power tool) bench too high, sometimes mine sits uncomfortably high. However, it is such a great work holder that I use it constantly (plus my one front vise is less than useful). It’s great for dovetailing, but even long rip cuts in narrower material are easier in it (I haven’t gotten around to building a saw bench). Because mine is so wide I was able to clamp material to re-saw with my frame saw (my bandsaw is seriously under powered so hand tools it is).

Also – beautiful work. I love the dog holes, mine is missing those.

-- Todd

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therealSteveN

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#10 posted 03-20-2019 07:49 AM

Todd the beauty is that you can work it with any flat area that it will sit on. Best if the flat area has a small overhang so you can clamp it securely, beside that the sky is the limit.

A friend made one on my old bench, brought it home and used it for more than a year on a Workmate. During that time he did a number of projects for his new home, and then ultimately to build a regular bench of his own. He still uses that Moxon. That was 8 years ago, and he has since moved to Nevada, and sold a lot of tools, and his big bench, but kept the moxon.

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James E McIntyre

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#11 posted 06-06-2019 09:33 PM

Useful tool. Does Ace Hardware have the 3/4” – 10 threaded rods?
Or did you get them somewhere else?
Your workbench is also great.
Thanks for posting.

-- James E McIntyre

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