Moxon Vice

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Project by TechTeacher04 posted 02-22-2020 05:52 PM 636 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have wanted to make a moxon vice for a while but did not want to to spend the money for the hardware. I used 3/4” all thread for the screws. I used lock nuts countersunk in the face vice to move the face. I welded washers to the nuts on the back to allow for the function of the vice. I used 8/4 cherry scraps for the body and 5/4 figured maple for the hand wheels.

I plan to use it some before modifying the hand wheels, I think I will end up mounting them on my lathe to add a finger groove for better purchase on the wheel.

BLO for the finish

Update, I turned knobs to increase the leverage for tightening the face jaw.

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#1 posted 02-22-2020 06:29 PM

Looks good. Nothing more satisfying than using a homemade tool or jig.

-- Julian

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#2 posted 02-22-2020 06:34 PM

One of the nicest looking Moxons I have seen.

From a user standpoint I will say that having something sticking out at you to grab facilitates turning the wheels, or having a hole through the wheel into which you can stick your fingers. Best of the worlds is having both.

So as a user I think the solid wheel, or even with just a groove would be awkward. Depending on how deep a groove you plan, it would be possible to drill in a dowel, where you plan the groove. I think you will like the dowel.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 02-23-2020 04:34 PM

I’m lost on the mechanism for this. The handle nuts and washer are attached to the wood handle? So when the handle turns the rod turns with it? And the welded nuts are fixed in the face and the rod turns and moves in/out in them? Also,see you have 4 nuts and washers but only see the use of two. Where are the other 2 placed? At the back of the fixed (ie back) vise face?

Thanks for your consideration in explaining to this old guy.

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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#4 posted 02-23-2020 04:39 PM

The nuts on the hand wheel lock the wheel to the threaded rod. The welded washer and nut are fixed to the back/base. Turning the hand wheels moves the face in via the wheel and nuts on the outside, the captive lock nut between the face and back open the front if the vice when turn counterclockwise

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#5 posted 02-23-2020 09:23 PM

That is a fine looking vise. I’m planning on doing one later this spring. That cherry is a wood I had not considered for a vise.

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#6 posted 02-23-2020 10:13 PM

Maple would have been my first choice, but I had the cherry lying around.

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#7 posted 02-24-2020 02:22 AM

Very nice take on the Moxon. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 02-24-2020 05:57 AM

Love it..Great job. I made on years ago that I used today. For hardware I used bar clamps. That worked well.

-- Tom in Mount Vernon, Wa

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