Simple Moxon Vise

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Project by SilverbackReef posted 03-13-2019 10:41 AM 606 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Yet another Moxon.

Posting because I’m annoyed it didn’t get made sooner.

Construction: Two assemblies consisting of two chunks of SYP laminated together. No big deal. Picked up a good tip from the benchcrafted PDF, make the front piece hang just a shade below the back piece. Makes it easy to line up with the bench top. Width between screws is about 24”. Held onto the bench with holdfasts. Sized the tabs so the tops of the holdfasts are slightly below the top of the vise.

Screw hardware: Free! These are the vise screws off an old store-bought POS workbench that one of my neighbors was discarding. Had them for years. Just sitting there waiting for me to build this thing.

Now that I’ve built it….again, annoyed I didn’t do it sooner. Here’s how it’s changed my work:

1) Cutting joints:
My hand-sawn cuts have improved considerably. I’m cross-dominant (right-handed, left-eyed) so accurate sawing is always a challenge. I’m guessing the higher work area has improved my body mechanics. The vise also gives me good square/alignment visual cues. My tenon cheeks have never been better.

2) General work:
I leave the thing on my bench a lot. Throw a bench hook on top and it gives a good work site with less stooping.
BTW: Some of the designs I’ve seen have a big chamfer on the front. After using the top of the vise for general work I’m glad I didn’t do that. The top surface of the vise is just too handy.

1) If you have the hardware and haven’t built one yet, do it. This weekend….
2) Watch for cheap/free store-bought workbenches. Discard the bench, keep the screws. On second thought: if you don’t have a bench, use the found bench to build a better bench, then discard the found bench. Worked for me.

Have fun folks!

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#1 posted 03-13-2019 08:41 PM

Great looking vise. I should build one.

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