Bench Bull

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Project by Timmy2Hands posted 12-16-2019 05:57 PM 1979 views 20 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Bench Bull is an appliance used on the bench to get joinery work up to a more comfortable working height and is also used in place of a Moxon vise.

This one was made with a single 8 foot long Southern Yellow Pine 2×8. I cut it down to 4 feet long, planed them flat, and laminated it double thick. I then cut that in half to 24”. I cut 4” off then end of each of those pieces and glued them in as the spacers.
It’s 20” long, 7” wide, and 8” tall.

It’s held solidly to the bench with hold fasts.

I use squeeze clamps to have it work as a Moxon vise.

There are a ton of different clamping options.

If you have any questions or comments I’d love to hear them.

-- Tim McCoy - @Timmy2Hands on Instagram

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#1 posted 12-16-2019 06:22 PM

Popular WW had a series of articles on this. Very cool means of clamping work.

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#2 posted 12-16-2019 07:28 PM

First one I ever saw was over 40 years ago, A Cobbler used one attached to a counter to make new soles for shoes.. Since then I’ve seen the basic configuration adopted to do a lot of different chores. Probably more versatile than a workbench. In addition to a workbench it offers the firepower of a bench, and a Moxon. No doubt the Bull is cheaper to build than a Moxon using barbells. But you will likely need several clamps to attach the bull, and then items to it.

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#3 posted 12-16-2019 08:02 PM

That is a first for me. Never saw one. Thanks for posting

-- Petey

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#4 posted 12-16-2019 09:44 PM

Very nice! I can definitely see the utility of such a simple bench accessory. Adding it to the project list :-) Let’s see… it’s number 9742 :-(

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 12-16-2019 10:26 PM

Nice! I’m sure it’s a handy addition to the bench!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 12-17-2019 12:48 AM

This is what I need. Thanks for posting Tim.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#7 posted 12-17-2019 12:52 AM

Very useful addition to a bench

-- Dan, TN

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#8 posted 12-17-2019 12:55 AM

Cool! I’d need a bench to put it on, though. And a bigger shop to put the bench in. It just doesn’t stop.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#9 posted 12-17-2019 01:39 AM

What a nice idea! I could definitely use one.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#10 posted 12-17-2019 02:24 AM

A bench bull is very useful. I made integrated clamping on mine and have been very happy with it. Super simple and completely useful.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 12-17-2019 02:27 AM

And that’s no bull.

Sorry, someone had to say it :-)

Great project.

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#12 posted 12-17-2019 04:45 AM

That’s very interesting. It also the first time I’ve ever seen one.

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#13 posted 12-17-2019 07:06 AM

Yep, think I will be copying that.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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#14 posted 12-17-2019 04:21 PM

These are awesome! Been using one for a while, and I use it with hand tools for dovetails, and for different router applications.

Great build. Yours is much prettier than mine

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#15 posted 12-18-2019 12:48 PM

Very clever idea! I’m adding to my list.

-- AJ

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