Another Moxon vise

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Project by BigEd posted 12-28-2012 04:17 AM 7141 views 20 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had to cut some half-blind dovetails in a drawer front for another project (a Christmas present) and used the face vise on my workbench. I realized how useful a Moxon vise would be for that and decided to build one. Incorporating ideas from several others I saw, this is made from 8/4 maple. I made the hardware myself and incorporated self-aligning washers. Seems to work pretty well!

-- BigEd, sawdust maker in Ohio

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#1 posted 12-28-2012 05:42 AM

Looks good Ed well done.


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#2 posted 12-28-2012 09:30 AM

Very nice. I particularly like the hardware.

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#3 posted 12-28-2012 11:57 AM

Nothing like having a good vise in the shop! I like the vise and the hardware! Very nice!

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#4 posted 12-28-2012 01:31 PM

Real nice work BigEd. Im starting to learn more and more about different vices and this one seems every adaptable as an add on to the bench.

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#5 posted 12-28-2012 01:32 PM

Very nice. Not too large for storing, but big enough to get the job done. Simple to set up with bench hooks too. Well designed.
Mind if I steal your design? Just being polite, I’m going to copy it anyway. Mind if I ask what size threaded rod you used? It’s hard to scale from the photos, but it looks like one inch.
Thanks for. Showing,

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#6 posted 12-28-2012 02:52 PM

Oldtool – no problem. I did use 1” acme threaded rod. The materials I used came from McMaster-Carr ( as shown below:
Catalog # Description Qty
91131A110 Self aligning washer 2
98935A862 1” Acme threaded rod 1
94815A111 Acme hex nut 4

The threaded rod comes in 3’ lengths, so you’ll have some extra. The nuts are coated in cosmolene or something, so they will need wire-brushed. I used 1/2” flat stock (because it was what I had) as the backer plates, drilled 1 1/64” holes, and welded on the hex nuts. I made a little jig out of scrap to locate the handles and welded on 3/4” bar stock to the other two nuts. Painted with two coats of Rustoleum hammered finish paint.
Measurements for the wood are based on the benchcrafted plan ( They use 3/4” threaded rod, so I had to make a few adjustments for 1” rod. The backer plates are mortised into the back of the vise 1/4” deep to prevent rotation.
I added the chamfer and lambs-tongue details based upon Chris Schwarz’ version. I do plan to add leather to the clamping faces. I designed it for 3” thick/24” wide clamping capacity.
Hope this information is helpful!

-- BigEd, sawdust maker in Ohio

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#7 posted 12-28-2012 03:02 PM

I really like the wing nut design. Well thought out.

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#8 posted 12-28-2012 04:12 PM

Great work! You can sell that hardware.

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#9 posted 12-28-2012 05:35 PM

I could make a few more sets if someone is interested.

-- BigEd, sawdust maker in Ohio

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#10 posted 12-28-2012 05:58 PM

One serious vice! I really like your wing nuts.
This should serve you for many years to come.

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#11 posted 12-28-2012 07:47 PM

I really like this. I might have to copy your idea. You weld the angled T-handles onto the nuts yourself too?

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#12 posted 12-28-2012 07:47 PM

Nevermind, I just read all of the comments. Great idea.

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#13 posted 12-28-2012 09:00 PM

just shows that your skills extend beyond the wood….well done and good idea….this is why I like LJ’s.

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#14 posted 12-28-2012 11:37 PM

This is great!

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#15 posted 12-28-2012 11:50 PM

That came out great BigEd!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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