Moxon Vise

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Project by Oldtool posted 08-14-2021 03:42 PM 838 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finisher my last posted project and needed something to do, decided to try making a Moxon Vise. Targets for this were: use existing materials on hand, and keep this as simple or minimalist as possible due tp limited storage space, and mount so it doesn’t interfere with bench use when mounted. Note: if the two handles need removed, easily done – yet the rear mounting plate remains on the bench.

I started with the adjusters, cut from 1” board, turned the handle sections on the lathe, drilled a countersink to mount my carriage bolts flush and cut a square to accommodate the square section. Then retained the bolt head with a small cover.

The mounting board is small, 1” thick & 1 1/2” tall, by 24” long, screwed to the underside of the workbench. It has a nut inserted flush, with a through hole, and retained with wood cover. I used this mounting without any epoxy, had none on hand. I had to plane the side of the SJOBERGS bench square to the top surface to get a good fit for the closed vise jaw. This may not have been necessary for using the vise, but easily done.

The vise works well for my use, mostly will be cutting dovetails in it, and the work piece is very secure, doesn’t move when clamped.

For fast spinning of the handles without scraping a knuckle, I made two wooden washers for insertion between the handle & front of the vise, seen in photo 6 above & here:

Thanks for viewing.

Edit: Forgot to mention that the front of this vise bows when used – 1” thick, see photo 6 above, but this is easily rectified if necessary by using a thicker piece.

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#1 posted 08-14-2021 04:16 PM

The vise works well for my use, mostly will be cutting dovetails in it, and the work piece is very secure, doesn t move when clamped.

- Oldtool

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#2 posted 08-14-2021 04:40 PM

pretty cool and definitely handy – nice build

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 08-14-2021 06:24 PM

Nice, Tom! I have a Veritas twin-screw vise on the front of my bench that I use much the same way. It’s got 2” thick white oak jaws, 28” long IIRC, which lets me hold a 20” wide board between the screws, or set a 3’ one on top of the pins to plane the edge of it. Probably 75% of my workholding is in that vise.

I think you’ll find this a great addition to your bench.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 08-15-2021 01:23 AM

I like your solution with the carriage bolts and the way you enclosed them. I like that a lot better than the ones that leave the metal threaded ends sticking out waiting to jab or scratch.

-- Galootish log blog,

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