The Woodshop Shed

adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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Moxon Benchtop Bench

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Moxon Benchtop BenchMy version of a Moxon Benchtop Bench, made from 8/4 Hard Rock Maple, 4/4 Hard Rock Maple and 4/4 Walnut. Ash was used for the Dog Pins. The top surface including the front chop is 22” x 17” x 7-1/4” high. the dog holes are on a 12” center. The hardware is from WindRiver.I needed a good woodworking vise so this is my solution. All of the lumber was rough cut edges, with the wide surfaces somewhat smooth. Had to true up an edge with a hand plane prior to cutting down to size.I milled up the top blanks by ripping at 1-5/8” then ran through the planer to remove saw marks and flipped the 8/4 stock 90 degrees so each strip is 2” wide. Also added the 4/4 Walnut as accent strips in the top. I used the full 8/4 stock for both the front and rear chops. Also the rear legs.Prior to gluing the top together I drilled the dog holes with a fostner bit, using stop blocks on the drill press. So much easier. And while I was at it I drilled the holes for the hardware in the chops.The top was glued up in stages, to prevent sliding to much. After getting two halfs glued up it was off the the thickness planner the shave a tad bit off each side. Then glue the last joint in the center, followed by the rear chop.
The aprons are 4/4 with a sliding dovetail which fits into the legs, the front of the side aprons are a standard tenon. (No pin yet, may have to install a few down the road, need to turn some small ones out of Walnut.I had to take a break and make a few accessories for the table saw. A auxiliary fence which made it higher. A tenon jig, first time making tenons on this saw. And extended the miter gauge with a stop block.
The legs are attached to the top by means of a sliding dovetail. Wanted to allow for movement during the weather changes.
Front tenon an mortise

Note the hexagon mortise to secure the nuts for the hardware.Glue up was just a small puzzle to assemble, and had to work fast. First was the put the aprons into the legs then slide the assembly into the top which included inserting the tenons into the front chop. There is no glue on the top of the aprons.I needed to fire up the lathe to make a set of Dog Pins, I chose Ash for those. A simple turning. I may change the material down the road. Not fond of the dark streaks after the finish.The last bit was to carve my makers mark in the face of the front chop. I even used the bench to clamp the chop down for carving.
Every thing was finished with Natural Danish Oil, nothing was finished between the chops. Still need to find some chubber or a simular product to glue to the inside of the chops. I will probably have to recoat the finish every now an then. But the grains stood nicely.Overall, very happy with the project. And it's already been in use, has a good grip.Thanks for looking and comments welcome. Also there is a blog series for those interested in reading more details and additional photos.



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Shuffleboard Table

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Shuffleboard TableI recently finished my most recent project, a shuffleboard table. The playing surface is 20”x12' and the box inside is 30” x13'. The playing surface is solid maple and the legs and box are walnut with some 3/4” plywood and a couple of 2×4's for the supports. I made it in 3 pieces, the legs and substructure, the box and the playing surface. Even still it took three people to carry the box to our game room. I installed adjustable feet for leveling which were very helpful. Also, lined the inside of the box with carpet (18”x18” adhesive back carpet tiles). Three climatic adjusters were installed on the table underside to account for warp of the playing surface over time. All in all, it turned out well and play has been very good and consistent so far.



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Scrollsaw projects

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Scrollsaw projectsI made a few more scrollsaw projects, The horseshoe hummingbird is a Sue Mey pattern, one make with mahogany, one maple and the other two are poplar. Some of the backer boards are stained. Also made an eagle dream catcher also poplar, i finished both sides, one side is dark the other has stripes.



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Work Begun

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Blog:ReadPeter Follansbee's blog. To Buy:17th-Century New England Carving: Carving the S-Scroll(Lie-Nielsen). In Our Store:The Arts & Mysteries of Hand Toolson CD From the April2015issue, #217 Buy it here When …Source

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