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Vise choice stumping you ? Have a small shop ? DIY Moxon vice

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Blog entry by OldBull posted 10-20-2020 09:29 PM 597 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

There is a lot of noise when searching woodworking topics. Everything I have purchased or built for my shop so far has cost me time and effort. Some were especially difficult because of the opposing opinions on the internet. The noise can be loud and polar opposite opinions split 50/50. The latest cause for strained eyes has been which bandsaw, which boils down to bearings or ceramics. But I did find an incredibly good answer to which vise I could get that fit my needs, diverse, functional, worked in a small shop and was cheap.

I needed a vise, I wanted a vise and when those things stick in my mind they do not go away. One day while researching which vise to buy I came upon the Moxon vise. The only thing it does not have are bench dogs. But it solved every problem I had for holding, sawing and gripping. It cost about $14 to make (if you go to the hardware store) and it is rock solid. It holds wood very firmly, it has not damaged anything, and the entire vise is held onto any bench hangover by two clamps. When I yank the heck out of the vise the entire benchs shakes but the vise does not move. There is a kit for around $40 but the hardware store has it all except the handles, and you can build those and epoxy the nuts in. If I can build this anyone can. This was my first project that wasn’t just screwing 2×4’s together and you can tell by my first attempt to chisel.

If you think several hundred dollars for a vise is to much, if you have a small shop and no dedicated heavy bench to permanently mount a vice to, you will be ultra pleased with this build. This vise is inexpensive, grippy as **ll, and stores on a shelf when you don’t need it. It also has great strength on items that are angled like a table or chair leg. Of all the gimmicks in wood working this was a breath of freash air. The only con is watch out for those rods, they stick out just a bit.

I have to give credit to 3×3Custom for the idea and design, although I did change the demensions slightly to fit the poplar I had on hand. I suggest not finishing/waxing the clamping area or the bottom for grip purposes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QbDh76mzCg

She explains things well and her video, audio work is excellent (and she is easy on the eyes). The plans/drawing I made up are scattered, I do suggest you watch her video as my notes don’t always make sense even to me. I hope this helps those that are in my position and find this vice to be one of the best additions to their shop just as I did.
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#1 posted 10-21-2020 01:06 AM

Very cool, sleek design using off the shelf parts. Nice.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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