Moxon Vise on the cheap

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Project by controlfreak posted 09-15-2019 08:01 PM 2197 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was wanting to learn how to make dovetail joints and get some practice. I asked LJ what type of vise would fit my basic workbench and that is where I first heard of a Moxon Vise. Not wanting to invest a huge amount of money on a learning project I settled on the following. All ideas are from others and none are my own but it worked out.

Two Gold’s Gym dumbbells $7.95 ea.
One nice maple board $65.00
A couple of 2×8 frome Depot $ ???(not much)
Four 3/4” bench dogs from Woodcraft $15 (I can’t remember if that is per pair)

Anyway I had gotten a jointer on the cheap $150 and was itching to try out my new planer so I gave it a go. Finished it today and only have two unfinished items. 1) Cut a bevel between the two dog holes on the front jaw to make room for the saw on half blind dovetails. 2) what finish if any to put on it (seeking input here).

Thank to all for the suggestions here at LJ on this project….my first!

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#1 posted 09-15-2019 09:27 PM

Well Yeah!!! Gotta love a thread full of firsts, and someone just getting into it. Nice job.

That last pic with the board up and ready to saw says a lot. It doesn’t matter the cost to get there, you’ve arrived.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 09-15-2019 09:57 PM

Looks great! Can you crank it tight enough without long handles?

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#3 posted 09-15-2019 10:09 PM

I haven’t added any leather or cork to the jaws but it is fairly easy to secure. I have thought about making some wooden handles to fit the dumbbell nuts if needed. I added a few washers to give me some extra grip on the nuts.

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#4 posted 09-16-2019 12:12 AM

Great bench. I love the barbell idea!

-- AJ

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#5 posted 09-16-2019 01:38 AM

Looks great. Super useful.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 09-16-2019 03:33 AM

Great bench CF,
I really like the two double rows of dog holes, that looks like it will give you added flexibility. Looking forward to some dovetail posts from you soon. Congrats on the great build.

A wooden handle similar to a wrench for a 4 inch grinder will work on those star nuts if you decide to make some. Nice hardwood and some 3/4 inch dowels works well.

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#7 posted 09-16-2019 03:46 PM

There’s a lot great ideas in your moxon. I’m looking forward to building one this fall. I hope mine turns out as nice as yours.

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