Home made Moxon type vise

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Project by madts posted 11-14-2016 06:20 PM 1677 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always want one of these vises. Firstly because they are inexpensive, and secondly because they are portable.
It all started when I saw the tap and die for sale through Garrett Wade for about $ 51.00
After that it was gluing up some scrap 1/2” baltic birch in 3 layers. Cutting some threads in 1 1/4” dowels and tapping 2 holes in the back piece and glue and screw in the threaded dowel. The horizontal clamping piece is made from oak.

The nuts are dimensioned after a 2×4. I thought that they would be too small, but the gripping power is just awesome.

While I was at it I also made a stool for the new vise.

The tap and die set did not work right out of the box. There is a learning curve. The cutter in the die has to be sharpened, and the soaking of the wood before cutting threads is important. Too little or too much, no good.
Have patience and it will work.

Life is good when it all comes together.
There is no metal in this thing at all.

All in all a satisfying project.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#1 posted 11-14-2016 06:50 PM

Hi Madts,
Looking good the shop, cosy and like a wonderful place to hang out.
The stool is really fine, then the legs can be put in place if they get loose.
Finally what wonderfully crisp threads!
You made a fine Moxon that can will make life more easy.
I have a simple tabletop benh I made from plywood, this one is almost always on top of my wokbench now.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#2 posted 11-15-2016 04:29 PM

Nice job. I have not yet reached a point of being comfortable enough with my skills to try something like this but maybe one day. Looks like it will be really useful in many ways. Thanks for sharing. Cheers!

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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#3 posted 11-15-2016 04:38 PM

This is a very nice piece of work. I bet that it was challenging and that you enjoyed it quite a lot.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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