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Forum topic by DKELS posted 10-13-2017 07:38 PM 725 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-13-2017 07:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: moxon joinery bench ebonized tall bench dedicated joinery bench


I am finishing up my bench and thought I would post it.

I built a Moxon Bench using the bench crafted moxon vise kit. The base is made from ash and the top from soft maple. All out of 8/4 stock, or it started that way. The top is mostly 2 1/2” thick and the back 5-6” is around 1 1/2” for a tray. The entire top is surrounded by a 5 1/2” perimeter box that is held together by through dovetails.

Right now only the front of the perimeter is glued on because it is the fixed jaw and front stretcher. The side pieces of the box around the top are ash and are being ebonized/ drying as I type. The left side of the top has a 3/8” gap for tools and that is my second favorite part of the bench. The first is the height——> 45”. I am 6’2”.

I needed a new vise and was seriously planing on building the roubo. Not wanting to drop the $1500 on the build had me also looking for an alternative. The Fine Woodworking shaker bench made me want the Lie-Nielson chain drive and I eventually got around to Shannon Rogers joinery bench crossed with a bench from a Chris Shwarz article about Tim William’s bench.

Since I don’t dimension my lumber by hand I built a split top with HD 2×4s &6s that also serves as an out feed table. The problem is mostly the lee valley vise I put on it…....I hate it. It works if I put lumber in on the other side + top and bottom…I hate it. The second problem is a knee injury that makes supporting myself on a bent leg difficult, standing upright is much better.

I made the top first and used it as a benchtop moxon vise to tune the joinery for the base. What a joy. I can’t wait to use it at its full height.

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#1 posted 10-13-2017 07:57 PM

The top has no finish and the ash pieces are just dyed in this photo. I have since added stain too and the base looks nice. The entire thing will get a top coat. I am using the jet black dye and stain from woodworkers source video on ebonizing ash.

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