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I build this bench last year. I have a woodworking vise, but wanted this to be all wood. The bench has no screws, glue or nails. All M&T and dovetails with dowels locking everything in place.

One thing that prevents me from doing more is not having a convenient way to secure work. I looked at several methods, but couldn't settle on one. I made two different benchtop moxons, one is now the rails for this built in. The others I made by laying two long pipe clamps across the bench with two 2×6's on one side. I'll put up a pic of that later, I think some people might be interested in how I do that.

One concern I had because of tiny work space is having the vise stick out too much. I'm very happy with this low profile when not in use.

It needs a bit of refining, like the pins that retain the rails. Also my jaw is coming apart so I need to make another with a better piece of scrap. All in all though, I'm quite happy with it.

Thanks to to TimberAnew, seeing his new benchtop version gave me the push to get this done finally.

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I like it! I went with wooden screws …



Your wedge version is quite nice. May I assume you are completely unplugged as well?
 

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I used some 3/4 acme rod for mine. It came out well.
 

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May I assume you are completely unplugged as well?

- Ron Aylor
Mostly. The only power tool I have, well had, was a crappy drill that just quit working the other day. I used all hand tools for this. My dust collection system is a rake and bucket and I like it like that.
 

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I like it! I went with wooden screws …



Your wedge version is quite nice. May I assume you are completely unplugged as well?

- Ron Aylor
I can follow that vise Ron, how did you thread the screws?

Store Bought or HoMade?

I can appreciate the hand tool methods, but am totally blended.
 

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I can follow that vise Ron, how did you thread the screws?

Store Bought or HoMade?

I can appreciate the hand tool methods, but am totally blended.

- therealSteveN
Thanks! I used a screw box and tap similar to the one in your link.
 

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May I assume you are completely unplugged as well?

- Ron Aylor

Mostly. The only power tool I have, well had, was a crappy drill that just quit working the other day. I used all hand tools for this. My dust collection system is a rake and bucket and I like it like that.

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A brother from another mother! I too am completely unplugged … have been for over 20+ years. I love it. Why did you choose this route?
 

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A brother from another mother! I too am completely unplugged … have been for over 20+ years. I love it. Why did you choose this route?

- Ron Aylor
Several reasons.

  • I'm a poor white boy.

  • I don't have room for a l lot of big power tools, not even a garage. I currently have a lean to that isn't much bigger than my bench, there is one other table.

  • I've moved around the country a lot and often don't even have a yard, living in apartments.

  • Not the least reason for sure, I think hand tool working is just cool. It is also quiet-ish, very important to my psyche.

  • I once had dreams of building a boat and sailing the world. When I began to research this I learned bout Larry Pardey who did so with hand tools and built a boat with no electronics or other modern 'necessities'. Inspiration occurred. Drinking got in the way of ever building my boat, but I managed to acquire a handful of tools.

  • Did I mention I'm a poor white boy?
 

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A brother from another mother! I too am completely unplugged … have been for over 20+ years. I love it. Why did you choose this route?

- Ron Aylor

Several reasons.

  • I m a poor white boy.

  • I don t have room for a l lot of big power tools, not even a garage. I currently have a lean to that isn t much bigger than my bench, there is one other table.

  • I ve moved around the country a lot and often don t even have a yard, living in apartments.

  • Not the least reason for sure, I think hand tool working is just cool. It is also quiet-ish, very important to my psyche.

  • I once had dreams of building a boat and sailing the world. When I began to research this I learned bout Larry Pardey who did so with hand tools and built a boat with no electronics or other modern necessities . Inspiration occurred. Drinking got in the way of ever building my boat, but I managed to acquire a handful of tools.

  • Did I mention I m a poor white boy?

- weedeater64
I like you comment about hand tool work being quiet-ish. I can definitely relate to that. The last couple of sentences on my profile page sums it up … The quiet I experience is deafening. Nothing quite compares to that little click as the auger bit protrudes from the backside of the work piece.

Well, I've added you to my Buddy List so I can keep up with what comes out of your lean to. There are a few hand tool only folks on this site, but sadly just a few. I invite you to take a look at my shop and visit some of my forum topics, especially Hand Tool Woodworking Jigs & Fixtures and blogs. I've just recently started a new blog … ronaylor.wordpress.com ... please consider giving it a look see.

Welcome to Lumberjocks.
 

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Nice looking bench. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.
 
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