Moxon style bench top vise

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Project by need2boat posted 02-13-2012 08:29 PM 10082 views 23 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The pictures were taken in my shop that I currently due to work don’t like that close to and I built to use in my apt to practice dovetail joints and other small jobs like fixing saw handles and such. The metal bolts/hardware is from tools for working wood and I used the basic layout I downloaded from there site as well as something I read in fine woodworking.

The top is made from maple and the supports from cherry, This is second grade stuff I got local rough cut and works great for this type if thing. The cherry was finished first with water dye from W. D. Lockwood. I’m looking to use some on some projects in the future and this was a great test for it. The dye is very interesting to work with and can hardly see the difference between the sap and hardwood. I with with a golden color for the test.

The top has BLO on it and the bottom is finished with dye then shellac mixed from flake.

-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

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#1 posted 02-13-2012 08:32 PM

Gotta make one of those for myself soon!

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 02-13-2012 09:01 PM

Lovely job Joe. I really like the hardware. I’ll have to go and check that out. That’s one of the nicest Moxon’s type vises I’ve seen. Thanks for sharing it.

-- 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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#3 posted 02-13-2012 09:21 PM

Andy and others.

You can download the the FWW version by JEFF MILLER here. I kind of split the difference between this and the one on tools for working wood, also free for download.


-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

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#4 posted 02-13-2012 09:21 PM

Nice one, Joe. I’m certain you’ll find a lot of good use for that! I was thinking about upgrading my moxon vise with one of these.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 02-13-2012 09:45 PM

As fine as any I’ve ever seen. Wonderful choice of wood.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 02-14-2012 02:02 AM

I would smile every time I took that out. I love the grain on the front.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#7 posted 02-14-2012 02:27 AM

That’s awesome! No excuse not to practice now. Sorry to hear your shop is not closer to home…

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#8 posted 02-14-2012 03:04 AM

That’s really nice, is this your own design or from a plan? Either way it looks awesome

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 02-14-2012 03:34 AM

Love the bench, AND the D-12 handle in work! Very nice setup, congrats!

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

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#10 posted 02-14-2012 11:32 AM

Now i am really digging this jewel. Been wanting something like this for a while now… Definitely need to add this to my favorites… Very well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 02-14-2012 02:34 PM

Thanks for all the kind words.

The metal bolts are from tools for working wood. They sell both the complete bench and just the screws. If the link doesn’t get you there you can search there sit for “bench top vise”

I put a link at post #3 for how to down load the FWW plans by Jeff Miller.

What I did was take the plans for the bottom from the plans on the Tools for working wood site and the top from Jeff Miller. I also used real wood for the bottom rather then ply since I didn’t have any 3/4 I also changed some of the joints and made it a little nicer with chamfered edges. Due to the amount of and thickness for the top I think I may have cheated that as well but again it was more about what I had on hard rather then altering the plans.


-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

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#12 posted 02-14-2012 06:30 PM

hmmm, really nice job, and I might use that hardware on another project!

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#13 posted 03-09-2012 03:12 AM

That’s a chop and a half for sure. Nice to step up to something as good looking as this – it helps your work attitude right from the start.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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