Moxon style vise (on the cheap)

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Project by bhartger posted 04-02-2012 10:39 PM 4681 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been getting into hand tools much more this year and after reading Chris Scwarz’s “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” I have decided to build one of my own. But lacking the capability to hold panels that large to dovetail, I decided to build a Moxon style vise. I do not have the cash for the nice Benchcrafted hardware though. So I used two veneer press screws and a little from the scrap wood pile. With the hold fasts it holds rock solid to the bench. Can hold just over 1 3/4 inch thick and 27” between the screws. I will probably make one with nicer wood later, but this should work for the project. Total cost about $45.

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#1 posted 04-03-2012 01:06 AM

Great job! Where did you purchase the press screws? I would like to build one too.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Better looking at it than for it....

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#2 posted 04-03-2012 01:18 AM

I made mine with press screws as well. I think they work great and are LOADS cheaper than the benchcrafted hardware.

Kranky, you can get the press screws from Lee Valley. I’ve also seen them at my local Ace hardware and at Highland Woodworking in Atlanta.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 04-03-2012 01:41 AM


great vise, easy & simple, 1 3/4” is plenty of capacity.
Could gain a little by Sinking the nuts into the backside.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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#4 posted 04-03-2012 01:50 AM

I got the veneer press screws at the Rockler. They were about $20 each, the only other hardware were the washers to go between the handles and the front of the vise. Wish I had done this long ago. The high dollar hardware may look nicer, but this works great.

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#5 posted 04-03-2012 03:07 AM

I actually prefer the look of the press screws. Ditto, too, on recessing the nuts as an idea. Well done, and congrats!

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

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#6 posted 04-03-2012 03:58 PM

Like Smitty said…...that’s the way mine is gonna get built. Thanks for the good ideas and great post.

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#7 posted 04-03-2012 05:21 PM

If you’ve got someone close who is a Shopfox rep they have screws that are close to 12” long. I can’t remember the exact length, sorry. They also have a nice handle that will pass through the shaft, like a vise handle. I’ve used them for several jigs and they work fantastically.

-- It's GOOD to be King-Mel Brooks

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#8 posted 04-03-2012 09:12 PM

You could add a little more capacity if you drilled and counter sunk a hole on the back side so you could flip the flange so the stem pointed inward instead of out. I’m sure you’ll want more than 1 3/4” at some point. Good luck.

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#9 posted 04-04-2012 03:14 PM

Super cool setup! This would be a faboo addtion to anyone’s shop!
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#10 posted 04-05-2012 10:57 AM

Want to go even cheaper? Sink a half inch nut into the rear board and epoxy in place. Get a half inch bolt of the needed length and a matching washer. Grab your ratchet and a half inch socket and you’re in business. Total cost? Under ten bucks, not including the ratchet and socket of course.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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