Moxon Vise

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Project by Brandon posted 12-21-2011 05:01 PM 7139 views 23 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I’ve jumped on the hand tools bandwagon, I’ve found myself in dire need of various workbench accessories, let alone a new workbench. Here’s one of the first projects I’ve built to help me use my tools more efficiently: a Moxon vise. There have been some great versions of this type of vise on Lumberjocks already, and so search around the site if you’re interested in building one. The basic advantage is that it helps raise the workpiece to a higher level to make it easier to do detailed work such as cutting dovetails.

Overall dimensions 32” x 6” using two 8/4 piece of red oak. It can hold a board up to 20 1/2” wide and 3 1/2” thick. For the screw mechanism I used the Jorgeson press screws available from Highland Hardware for 16.99 (See photo #2). The other photos show how I currently attach it to my sorry excuse for a bench, and some examples of how it could be used. For more on this project and how it was constructed, see my recent blog post.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#1 posted 12-21-2011 06:07 PM

This Looks So Cool, So many Ideas on Here(LJ’s) !!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 12-21-2011 07:00 PM


I really really like what you have come up with. Thank you for sharing this. It’s sweet.

-- Bill Native Texan

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#3 posted 12-21-2011 07:48 PM

This is on my build list. Love the choice of hardware in particular.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#4 posted 12-21-2011 08:11 PM

Smitty, the hardware isn’t as pretty as the Benchcrafted kit, but it’s 1/4 of the price and easier to install. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 12-21-2011 08:28 PM

Pretty is as pretty does. Great job.

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#6 posted 12-22-2011 01:20 AM

Nice idea for a wide vise. Nice job.


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#7 posted 12-22-2011 05:29 AM

I like it. The only improvement I would make to the design is to make the front chop 1/2” wider than the back one with the extra 1/2” on the bottom. With the vise fully closed, that would allow you to use the front edge of your workbench to register the vise when clamping it in place. But what you have there should work great, this would just be a convenience feature.

- Ken.

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#8 posted 12-22-2011 05:34 AM

Looks good, may it serve you well.

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#9 posted 12-22-2011 02:02 PM

Thanks for the suggestion, Ken. I hadn’t thought of that, but I think it’d work well.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#10 posted 12-22-2011 03:45 PM

Nice job Brandon. You can’t beat a nice twin screw.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 12-22-2011 03:55 PM

Thanks Andy. I wonder if anyone has tried building one of these things using the Veritas Twin Screw vise—if that’s even possible.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#12 posted 01-14-2012 06:58 PM

I really like this and I just happen to have that hardware sitting in a drawer right now. I smell a project coming on!

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#13 posted 01-14-2012 07:04 PM

I say go for it! The only real change I would make would be to make a section on the inner chop extended on the sides for better clamping with an F clamp. If you choose to attach it to your workbench using holdfasts, than this doesn’t really matter.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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