As the finish was drying yesterday on my double-screw vise, I took a few minutes to turn a new handle for my bench screw, which pierces my crochet (which sounds dirty, but isn’t really).
The handle began life as an octagon that I planed down to 1-1/2″ square in section. Then I turned the post down to 1″ in diameter and threaded it.
The pad is not Moxon-approved equipment. My original screw would tend to mar the work if I tightened it down too far, so I decided to add a leather-faced pad that works like an F-style clamp. The pad spins until it comes in contact with something. Then it stops as the screw is tightened on the work.
I made a short video that explains this better than my words.
This screw is also a little shorter in length than the previous one. Before you ask, I did no harm to my soft parts on the previous one. But I didn’t need the extra length (sounds dirty , isn’t) so I shortened it.
– Christopher Schwarz
Other Workbench Sources I Recommend
– “Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use” by Christopher Schwarz
– CD “The Best of Shops & Workbenches” from Popular Woodworking Magazine
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