super cheap moxon vise

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Project by jtm posted 09-04-2014 07:11 AM 4367 views 22 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up a few pipe clamps from Lowes during the Bessey clearance, so I was able to use them in this budget moxon build.

All the wood was leftover cherry, walnut, birch, and plywood. It’s not the most elegant design, but it works much better than the tail vise on my HF bench.

The best part is that I have about $10 in to it.

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#1 posted 09-04-2014 12:15 PM

Good idea with pipe clamps!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-04-2014 12:18 PM

+1 on the good idea.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 09-04-2014 01:38 PM

Wow, great job, better than mine.

I didn’t add the top level or dog holes.

Much the same, right down to the Bessey and Irwin clamps too !

I’ll bet you like it a lot !

-- dust control

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#4 posted 09-04-2014 04:05 PM

that’s not super cheap,
that’s actually way stronger than the wheel,
and what very important is you made it from a real woodworkers standpoint,
very nice


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#5 posted 09-04-2014 10:36 PM

Great job

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#6 posted 09-05-2014 04:21 AM

Excellent vice build, it will serve you well. Congrats

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 09-05-2014 05:19 AM

Thanks for the comments guys.

So I got a chance to really try this thing out tonight. It is awesome.

It’s one of those “don’t know what you’ve been missing till you try it” kind of things.

I’ve literally spent the past three hours cutting dovetails with my $10 Craftsman saw and $5 HF butter knives (chisels).

I made the top for stability more than anything, but it makes an enormous difference when it comes to laying out pins/tails, and for chopping them out. The dog holes make this super functional as well.

This was one of those “for the hell of it” builds that will actually turn out to be extremely useful.

If you have a couple of pipe clamps, some wood cut-off’s, and a few hours of time, it’s definitely worth making

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