Tool of the Week Winner
This project won Tool of the Week at HomemadeTools.net

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Just recently finished a dedicated dovetail-cutting bench incorporating a Moxon Vice for holding the work. It is intended to be an heirloom piece and has a hidden compartment (no, I’m not going to tell you where it is) containing a small mahogany box made by my maternal grandfather during the 1920s. He was a master carpenter in Sussex, England. Even though I never knew him, I have seen some of his work that is still around today in various relatives houses.

My bench is made from Goncalo Alves and Marblewood which turned out to give a beautiful, subtle contrast. The fronts of the tool drawers are faced with the Marblewood. While intended as a bench for working on hand-cut dovetails, the Moxon vice would hold a work-piece firmly while other joints were being cut as well. By the way, I sourced the Moxon vice hardware from Independent Woodworking of Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England (www.independentwoodworking.co.uk). The hardware is of top quality. They have been good enough to showcase my bench on their blog.

The bench is entirely hand made with the only power tool being brought to bear on the lovely hardwoods being the table saw. The beading work was cut with an antique beading plane (circa 1860) and the dovetails in the drawers were all cut by hand. Hours of hand planing went into preparing and smoothing the wood. It was a labour of love however and my only problem now is that it turned out so well I am afraid to use it. If the top got scratched or suffered a chisel gouge it would be a disaster.