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#1 posted 12-19-2020 02:07 PM

You dove right in, I’ve seen your other posts as well. And nobody posts here without getting lots of opinions (sometimes disguised as “you must”). Here’s mine.

I used my first, cheap, beater bench to figure out what I wanted in terms of layout, vices, storage, height, etc. I prototyped up things like the moxon vice with cheap/free/already-had parts to see if it was my style. If it was, I then spend the time and reasonable money to get it done well. Including a bench that is pretty and actually flat.

The prototypes also allowed me to see what was important to me as features. The clamps you might use for a quick moxon would drive me nuts (we only have 2 hands), so would know later that the ‘real’ moxon would have a chain drive, or something like that.

Your craigslist beach seems like a really good start. The steel base seems substantial, but if not heavy enough, sandbag it. The feet are perfect for bolting on heavy feet to change the high and add weight. It might be a challenge to get an end vice to function through the steel base, but challenges are good. The shelf is perfect base for dedicated cabinets or moveable tool boxes.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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