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Project by chrisstef posted 10-04-2015 05:16 PM 3502 views 5 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that ive finished up my bench i wanted to keep the theme and work on some bench accessories. I just finished this moxon vice.

Lumber is reclaimed chestnut and oak that came from a, built in 1840’s, church steeple in hartford ct. The handwheels were found in pratt and whitney’s original factory also in hartford. The hardware was fabricated by a tool maker at pratt’s newer facility by a friend of my father in laws. The jaws are lined with vegetable tanned leather i got from tandy leather.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.





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TheFridge

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#1 posted 10-04-2015 05:20 PM

That’s a good lookin nut squisher right there. What’s holding it down? Just its weight?

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 10-04-2015 05:21 PM

Looks good bud. The wheels are really cool. Way to bring it all together.

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#3 posted 10-04-2015 05:21 PM

Very nice and a beautiful piece of wood. Is that third picture the back side?

How do you secure it to the benchtop?

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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#4 posted 10-04-2015 05:24 PM

Very nice, Stef!
That reclaimed chestnut looks fabulous!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#5 posted 10-04-2015 05:28 PM

Yea lys thats the backside. If you look at the bottom in that third pick theres a piece at the bottom that is what holds it to the bench via holdfasts.

Or it could be held with F clamps fron the front.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#6 posted 10-04-2015 05:35 PM

Great bench tool Stef. The wheels look perfect.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#7 posted 10-04-2015 05:44 PM

Awesome addition Stef!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#8 posted 10-04-2015 05:47 PM

I’m envious of those handwheels and the chestnut. Looks really good!
I have never seen chestnut in the wild, is it pretty durable stuff?

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#9 posted 10-04-2015 05:48 PM

Beautiful Stef. Looks vintage.

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#10 posted 10-04-2015 05:52 PM

Thanks guys.

Id say chestnut is about the same as red oak. This stuff was bone dry and kind of splintery but itll hold up just fine i think.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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TheFridge

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#11 posted 10-04-2015 05:54 PM

Was wunderin what that board was fer….

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#12 posted 10-04-2015 06:20 PM

I like the fact it’s all reclaimed. It makes a.new tol with history. Very cool.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#13 posted 10-04-2015 06:59 PM

Awesome!

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#14 posted 10-04-2015 07:25 PM

Nice addition stef!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#15 posted 10-04-2015 07:26 PM

Nice Moxon Stef and lucky for you one of the wheels tells you which way to open it. :o)

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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