Yet Another Moxon Vise

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Project by socrbent posted 02-06-2019 01:54 AM 3649 views 17 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With inspiration from kocgolf and PlanBWoodworks and the many other moxon builds on LJ I have completed a moxon vise, although it may get modified with use.

Features I used from their projects:
1. included table area behind chops with dog holes – useful on my bench with no dog holes (because top is replaceable hardboard)

2. Inexpensive screws from the Walmart Gold’s Gym Dumbbell Handle with Spinlock Collars, 14” Standard ($14 for a pair)

3. Ears on inside chop to use for clamping to bench

4. Making outside chop slightly taller than inside to help align the vise with edge of bench

These features were my adaptations (time will tell if they are actually helpful):
1. Used 2 screws with washers and hole on adjacent support rail to fix rear nut. This will allow removal if needed.

2. Sloted attachments for rear top attaching to support rails to allow for top wood expansion due to cross grain between rails and top.

3. Drilled 2 holes between outside nuts (handles) and threaded bar. Drove cut off nails into holes and expoxed this assembly together. Turning nut/handle now turns threaded bar into vise eliminating situations where threaded bar would stick out. Down side – this makes changing opening between chops slower. May make larger handles in future.

4. Attached front of top and rails to inside chop with recessed screws. This will allow removing top for replacement or mounting to a bench in future.

5. After reading kocgolf’s reports of sagging when front chop opened wide I added extending blocks behind inside chop and found that a forstner bit used for recessing quarters was just the right amount smaller than a 1” bit (with a little sanding on oscillating sander) to fit the threaded bars just right. Also helped to wax inside of holes. There is little sagging even when extended as far as possible (giving 8” between chops)

6. Used some scrap plastic wood to make washers (white you see between handle and front chop.
Note: one end of one of the threaded bars had a thicker coating than the other. So I had to sand it some.

This was an low cost project. In addition to the dumbbell handles I bought $12 worth of hard maple. For dogs I got a set of 4 Kreg blue plastic ones on Amazon for under $9. The support rails and top are made from pine recycled from an old bench top 2X10s which cleaned up nicely. Chops are made from hard maple. My guess is this monster weighs in at over 50 pounds.

Size: 20” wide by 23” deep, 12” between dog holes and 13” between the threaded bars. dog holes are spaced 5 3/8” apart front to back

-- socrbent Ohio

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#1 posted 02-06-2019 02:33 AM

NIce work. And good choice designing it so the extra threads are hidden inside instead of sticking out the front.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 02-06-2019 06:26 AM

Simple and inexpensive vice. Great work. I have favored this so I can utilize your ides for both myself and perhaps for friends making something similar for them.

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#3 posted 02-06-2019 01:58 PM

Thanks swirt and danmarks.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#4 posted 02-06-2019 03:14 PM

All great additions! I still need to add blocks to alleviate sagging, but it’s really more of an annoyance than anything. It corrects when tightening. Interesting idea to attach the nuts to the rod. I hadn’t thought of that. I have no idea what the tpi on this thread is, but I was considering adding some sort of different wheel someday. No rush though as the dumb bell start knobs work very very well.

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#5 posted 02-07-2019 01:09 PM

Wonderful design and work, thanks for sharing, really clever using the dumbbell screws, might have a few around.

-- Pete in NC

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#6 posted 02-07-2019 01:12 PM

Wonderful design and work, thanks for sharing, really clever using the dumbbell screws, might have a few around.

-- Pete in NC

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#7 posted 02-07-2019 01:23 PM

Thanks Pete and koc. Pete, please note that I got the dumbbell screws idea from koc who got it from PlanBWoodworks.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#8 posted 02-07-2019 02:53 PM

very nice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 02-09-2019 03:23 PM

Thank for sharing the hardware pieces, great vice

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 02-10-2019 01:44 AM

Awesome work! I just sold the bench that I attached my Moxon to, but I removed the Moxon first. I used it so often that I couldn’t let it go. I am going to make some modifications and use it as an add on to my Roubo build. Great job! I hope you find it as useful as I have.

-- Why can’t I ever find my pencil???

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#11 posted 02-10-2019 03:21 AM

Thanks Norm and Wayne and especially PlanB for the inspiration

-- socrbent Ohio

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