Moxon Vise Bench-on-Bench

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Project by GrantA posted 03-27-2020 03:02 PM 960 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had one of these for a little while and love using it, so for this surprise swap I decided to make one with some improvements for John McClure!
Mine is 12” tall which can be a bit much depending on the task at hand so I made this one 6” and it can always be clamped to a spacer if desired.
I used 8/4 walnut and maple throughout. Mine has no dog holes (and is thinner) so I wanted to try a thicker top. It ended up working out great!
I turned walnut dowels for the screws but they didn’t turn out so well so I ended up using poplar 1-1/4” dowels. I learned that you need to soak them really well in oil (I used mineral oil) to minimize tear out from the thread box!
I turned the wheels on the lathe from the same walnut, kudos to the experienced turners- I’m not there!
I attached some leather to the chop (rough side out) with carpet tape so it can hopefully be replaced easily enough when needed.
I added dog storage holes in the “legs” and I notched the fixed chop so it can be clamped to a bench or table edge.
All in all I’m pleased with it, it can be stashed under a bench when not needed and put to work easily.
Thanks for running a great swap Tony!

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#1 posted 03-27-2020 03:19 PM

When I finally get around to building a T/S bench/multipurpose work surface I want to include a moxon vise. I’ll be pestering you for details so make sure you kept REALLY good notes on your build.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 03-27-2020 03:22 PM

Bahahaha Earl! Pester all you want but there are no notes, not a single one!

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#3 posted 03-27-2020 03:23 PM

Outa the park on this one, Grant. Way envious.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#4 posted 03-27-2020 03:52 PM

Super nice moxon vise. A moxon vise is ideal for hand cut dovetail joints.

-- Julian

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Tim Royal

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#5 posted 03-27-2020 04:03 PM

I love my Moxon… nice design. Beautiful as well.

-- -Tim Royal -"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 03-27-2020 04:12 PM

Nice Moxon, and the dog holes mean it can be a carving bench, too! Super-useful and pretty, to boot! John’s a lucky guy!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 03-27-2020 07:41 PM

I’m thinking John did really well in this swap, nice Moxon Grant.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Randy M.

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#8 posted 03-28-2020 12:08 AM

Very nice build this is on my list. . Nice job on the wheels also !!!y

-- Do it with your heart in it.........keep sanding

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#9 posted 03-28-2020 12:26 AM

Heavy duty Moxon. Nice build!

-- AJ

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#10 posted 03-28-2020 02:44 AM

Thank you. I love it! Can’t wait to start using it.
The dog holes are going to be great too – I don’t have dogs in my bench, I may find myself using this for general-purpose work because of it!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#11 posted 03-30-2020 12:56 PM

Excellent work Grant. That’s a fantastic vise :-))

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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