$10 Moxon Vise for my table saw top

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Project by adamclyde posted 12-21-2015 09:39 PM 4366 views 12 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Despite not (yet) having a workbench in my small shop, I needed some interim clamping help as I worked on end pieces and other small cuts. As the best surface in my current shop is my table saw, I figured I could use a Moxon vise to help my table saw table do double duty for me until I get my workbench complete.

As to the build of it, the pictures are pretty self explanatory. Laminated some leftover 3/4” plywood for the front and back of the vise, then went to the home center and bought some 3/4” threaded rod and nuts. I chiseled hexagonal holes in the back to embed and epoxy two nuts to the back of the vise, then I jointed and laminated some 2×4 scraps, cut them down into octagonal shape and chiseled/epoxied in the threaded rods for the handles, which got 1” holes to receive the oak dowels.

I also attached a cleat on the back to receive another bit of plywood to give more support for horizontal work.

It took the better part of the afternoon to complete, but it works great. Clamped down to the table, it’s as sturdy as I can hope.

Only problem is I can no longer blame my poor quality handout dovetails on my lack of a workbench.

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#1 posted 12-21-2015 10:00 PM

Looks like something I should make this winter. I have the same situation with an available table saw but no large workbench. Thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 12-22-2015 01:31 AM

Thats great, thanks for sharing.

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#3 posted 12-22-2015 01:39 AM

I’m in the same boat as you. That’s a nice idea and I’ll probably do this as well. Thanks for posting it.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#4 posted 12-22-2015 02:07 AM

Good idea! I like it.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 12-22-2015 02:33 AM

Nice work, have to look into this for my shop.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 12-22-2015 04:28 PM

Nice solution, I may have to do the same thing.

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#7 posted 12-22-2015 04:38 PM

Good idea , I think I’ll make one myself and quit worrying about how aesthetically pleasing it is to look at. After all it is a tool not a portrait of the family. Simple ideas are usually the best. Good job.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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#8 posted 12-23-2015 03:22 AM

Well done-this is giving me inspiration to try.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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