Benchtop Moxon Vise Version Part 1

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Project by Robert posted 07-11-2015 04:14 PM 5650 views 18 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Moxon seems all the rage these days and after taking a look at one, I thought if I could get one elevated higher it would suit me and my problem-prone back better.

I came across Jeff Miller’s version of a benchtop bench. and decided why not combine the two?

So here goes:

Step 1 was building the base. I basically followed Miller’s design with a couple minor modifications. One was I used screws in the top tenons because I thought it would be good to be able to modify the height once I started using it (now that I’ve done that and started using it, I doubt I ever will). I also use screws instead of captured bolts to joint the stretchers. I just didn’t think it was necessary.

Sorry I don’t have detailed photos of the assembly process, but is simply mortise and tenon joinery.

The top was made from a piece of tulipwood I had it is a solid piece app 2” thick and 14 deep X 24 long.

After lots of work handplaning it flat, I thicknessed it and did the same with another piece for the inner face.

Now comes the “thinking” part. I decided to forgo the usual moxon design in that I wanted the screws to move instead of the handles travelling on stationary screws. I just didn’t like the screw thread sticking out. Oh well, to each his own.

So what I did was place a captured nut on the inner side of the inner face.

And covered to secure in place:

A guide block with a bushing was carefully placed at the same height as the nut to allow for a nice, free spinning of the handle.

Here is the bushing I used:

Here is the final set up looking from the bottom:

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#1 posted 07-11-2015 06:15 PM

I fully agree with the way you arranged the screw drive as I never could understand why one would have the screws coming out the front and bust your knuckles on them .


-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 07-11-2015 11:57 PM

I agree, good idea the way you have your screws set up. Do you have a link to the bushing you used?

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#3 posted 07-12-2015 01:58 AM

I was about to ask the same thing tim, where did you get the bushings?

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#4 posted 07-12-2015 10:43 AM

Got the bushings at Enco.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#5 posted 09-14-2017 06:40 PM

Beautiful build beautiful vise, an instant favorite!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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