Q&D Moxon Vice

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Project by shipwright posted 11-18-2017 08:49 PM 3075 views 13 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I need to do some quality dovetails for an upcoming project and my exisiting clamping options don’t lend themselves to really good work so I decided to build a Moxon Vice (yes Canadians spell it that way) on the cheap using mostly things I already had. In fact the only things I bought were the two 8” pipe nipples and the reducing bushings. I would have preferred caps but they were out of 1/2” caps.

The moving jaw is Cherry and the fixed one is Pine faced plywood. The clamps are screwed to the moving jaw so that it moves when they do. The finish (applied after the photos) is three coats of hard wax oil, leaving masked areas for the application of some leather.

It works very well ..... and I never liked the 1/2” pipe clamps. ;-)

All in all an afternoon well spent.

Thanks for looking.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 11-18-2017 09:04 PM

Looka juat fne to me


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

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#2 posted 11-18-2017 09:12 PM

that should do it just fine!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 11-18-2017 09:36 PM

Paul nice job on the vice. I have one question what is “hard wax oil” ?

Thanks Richard

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#4 posted 11-18-2017 10:39 PM

Nice and easy quick vice. Good luck with the dovetails

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 11-18-2017 11:00 PM

Richard, just google “hard wax oil”. Osmo is likely the best known. Here in the US I use Fiddes and at home in BC I use one called Saicos.
Thanks for the comments!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 11-18-2017 11:46 PM

Pretty slick setup Paul!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 11-18-2017 11:56 PM

Great idea. I need to have something like this as I don’t have any vices.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#8 posted 11-19-2017 01:14 AM


Always thinking, and adding that nice touch to what you do.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 11-19-2017 01:38 AM

Nice Paul! I may have over complicated my Moxon vise, but I use it all the time and prefer it to my other vise. It does sit tall for some things but the clampdown is great and since I put in an anti racking system (told you I over complicated the build) racking is less of an issue. Yours looks like a much quicker build and just as useful. Hope you enjoy it.

-- Todd

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#10 posted 11-19-2017 01:38 AM

Great job. I am sure it will do well for you.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#11 posted 11-19-2017 01:41 AM

Looks a little different than mine, but pretty sure you didn’t fiddle around for a year! Bench looks nothing at all like mine, it is clean! Love the compass and do believe I have that saw? Looking forward to seeing them Dovetails!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#12 posted 11-19-2017 01:52 AM

Fine looking vise but have to agree on the pipe clamps .


-- Kiefer

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#13 posted 11-19-2017 03:11 AM

Really smart build Paul, much better than mine. I like your use of the clamps.

-- 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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#14 posted 11-19-2017 04:00 AM

I like the width of yours. Mine is wide enough for cabinet-sized boards, but most DTs everyone does (me included) are not cabinets.

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#15 posted 11-19-2017 04:02 AM

Well done, and I like that you used things you already had on hand.

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