Moxon Vise for the Router Crowd

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Project by Wayne Precht posted 01-23-2016 02:54 PM 1576 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a rather complex modern version of the Moxon vise. I made it before I had ever heard of Moxon, so it shows there is something to the design.

I don’t know where I got the idea for it, I am going to guess a magazine. It’s not something I could come up with on my own :)

This one is made for a router, my 1-3/4 HP Bosch Router to be precise. There are a set of various sized steel backed maple face jaws that are held in place by rare earth magnets to the clamps allowing asymmetric clamping.

There are 4 clamps that can be attached, they feed a threaded rod though the body to a through hole knob in back. You can use any number and the sizes of the face jaws allow any number of arrangements.

There are 4 movable stops in a T track and a larger wooden rear track sized for the fence on my router. This allows you to center the router on your stock, set the stops at each end of a mortise, then use you spiral bit and a plunge router to make perfect mortises. The rear track keeps the router from wandering in the cut and the stops…well, stop the length of the cut.

I can’t remember when I made this. I think it was to make an Arts & Crafts desk that I did on commission that had, like, a billion mortises to cut.

It’s pretty hefty, made from 8/4 maple and it’s like 4’ long. I don’t know what I am going to do with it. It had gotten buried in the scrap wood corner. It’s a little big for my shop and I don’t like the way the screws stick out on the front (small shop, large guy). But it’s too nice to get rid of and the minute I do, I’ll get another billion mortise job…

-- --- Wayne.

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#1 posted 01-24-2016 06:28 AM

Looks like a very good build!

One question, how do you use it?

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#2 posted 01-24-2016 11:35 AM

THIS IS THE DESIGN FROM FINE WOODWORKING MAGAZINE. sorry cap lock. Its on my short list for this type of jig. In the process of building a moxon vise, maybe with an auxiliary fence for the front could use it for both operations?? Time to put on the thinking cap.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#3 posted 01-25-2016 01:42 AM

Ah, yeah FWW.

You use it buy clamping your piece to mortise in flush with the top of the vise. Setup you router with a fence. The router fence goes into the channel at the back. Adjust the fence so the bit is centered for your mortise. Move the t-track mounted stops so you router can only traverse the width of the mortise.

-- --- Wayne.

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