Benchcrafted Moxon Vise

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Project by cmmyakman posted 08-28-2018 02:09 AM 1653 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thank you Luis, because if it hadn’t been for your recent project my Moxon hardware would still be sitting under a pile of finish and stain containers, perhaps never to be completed. Fortunately, I had some hard maple left over from my Roubo workbench build which I used for the Moxon vise.

Unlike the majority of users, I wasn’t enamored of the Benchcrafted Moxon vise plans: I thought the plans were at first hard to follow.

I very much liked the video by Dustin Penner: and thought it was quite helpful. I liked Penner’s ends on the Fixed Jaw for holding the Moxon Vise down on the bench with F-style or parallel clamps. I have a tail vise on my Roubo workbench and plan to use that for securing the Moxon vise, but if I take the Moxon vise to another location, i.e., an Assembly Table, it would be nice to be able to secure it.

I thought about putting a lamb’s tongue on the front edge of the vise, but it looked like a lot of effort. I also considered a table flush with the back so I could use it as a higher bench, but I was already concerned with the weight of the piece and moving it around. I didn’t want the Moxon vise to become a permanent part of the top of the workbench or permanently reside underneath it because it is is too heavy to lift up to the top surface.

Overall, the Moxon vise was pretty easy to make and didn’t take too much time. I did make an egregious error, as I pulled the nut through my carefully hand chopped hexagon mortise on one side, but didn’t look at the back as I was tightening and well… it still works, but now looks like a dog’s breakfast. I documented the error in my photo album: The other hexagon mortise looks pretty much perfect, so I proved to myself that I can do it… I just have to remember to think, which is much more difficult.

I also intentionally did not follow Jameel’s Benchcrafted instructions ”Don’t apply finish to the inside of the fixed jaw, or to the bottom of the vise. You want these areas to stay grippy. I think the Crubber (Cork and Rubber material) applied to the moveable face is sufficient for holding the work piece by itself and the Roubo workbench’s tail vise will sufficiently hold on to the Moxon Vise. I made my Moxon to hopefully survive many years, I don’t need it falling apart due to moisture and wood movement (though the surface Jameel mentions don’t have end grain that is exposed) – Right now, it all works beautifully, so ah well.

BTW – the 1-3/4” wood thicknesses called out for are so the Moxon work’s on a Benchcrafted design Roubo workench with a tail vise. If you are much thinner or a slight bit thicker than 1-3/4” thickness the Moxon vise won’t hold the work piece properly at the face of the workbench and simultaneously be sufficiently secured to the workbench surface by the tail vise.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#1 posted 08-28-2018 05:42 AM

Nicely Done! A Moxon vise like yours is a project I’ll be tackling very soon.

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#2 posted 08-28-2018 09:04 PM

Nicely Done! A Moxon vise like yours is a project I ll be tackling very soon.

- BurlyBob

Thank you BurlyBob. What’s nice, is the project doesn’t take that long to accomplish. I don’t know how many projects I read about in the magazines that state it will take “a weekend” to accomplish. If you don’t count waiting for the oil finish to dry, it will easily take less than a weekend, perhaps for those skilled and strong, only a couple hours. Anyway, I am looking forward to working with it.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#3 posted 08-29-2018 01:41 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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