Twin Screw (Moxon) Vise

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Project by corpmule posted 12-31-2012 06:36 AM 14050 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It ain’t pertty but, it’s functional. :)

I patterned this after the one made by Jennie Alexander and, used by Peter Follansbee. (Linked below.)

You say “Moxon vise” I say “double-screw”

I wanted to use wooden screws but, the thread cutter boxes and taps have too many bad reviews. Poorly made tools. The good ones are in the hundreds of dollars so, I won’t be gett’n one of them.

I’ll put wooden handles on this one later. I’ve seen others use epoxy to do that.

It’s has a 12 1/2” capacity between the screws.

I plan to make a larger one with a 24” capacity (between the screws), similar to Brandon W’s in the near future. I’ve already purchased the Veneer Press screws and some 8/4 Poplar. It’ll be hefty!

Building a Moxon Vise

I know this ain’t noth’n special. I’m just gett’n started in woodworking. I’ve got a lot to learn. I don’t have a lot of tools. I don’t even have a legitimate workbench yet! :) I want to build a Rubo someday.

There are a lot of very impressive projects on this site. Maybe one day, I’ll be able to post a real nice piece of furniture I built. We’ll see.

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#2 posted 12-31-2012 12:40 PM

This vise looks very useful and appears very flexible too as it can be moved as required. I wouldn’t worry about your limited tool selection as I’m sure you can make about anything you desire with a just a few decent hand tools as our forbearers did.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 12-31-2012 01:16 PM

We all started with a limited tool set. The very fact that you were able to build one of these with your limited tools is impressive. Good work.


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#4 posted 12-31-2012 01:27 PM

I really like this. Looks like something I could use. Don’t worry about limited tools, mine are quite limited too. Just have to plan for what you have. Most of my cuts are from a 25 year old skill saw and my work bench is an old counter top I replaced in my kitchen. A piece of plywood covering the sink hole.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#5 posted 12-31-2012 02:57 PM

That is an impressive piece of functional toolmaking! I look forward to seeing your upgrades.

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#6 posted 12-31-2012 06:20 PM

Nice “Moxon” vise, or double screw vise, however you choose to call it. It will prove quite beneficial to you as your woodworking skills grow. I bet the majority of us all started with limited resources, not to worry about that. In fact, it’s probably best that you are starting this way, because as you woodworking preferences become known to you, you need only buy the tools you’ll use. If you go out and buy a lot of tools at first, you’ll most probably not use most of them. My preferences turned toward the old ways, wooden hand planes, molding planes, etc, so now I have two routers I don’t want to use. Have a distaste for the noise, dust, setup time, and the large amount of damage they can do when a mistake happens.
So use what you have and have a good time doing it.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 12-31-2012 08:10 PM

Great vice, I got to make one of those, it come in very handy.

-- Dave, from Canada,

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#8 posted 12-31-2012 10:13 PM

Nice one.
I prefer Double Screw too.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#9 posted 01-01-2013 12:51 AM

Nice vice, I can see that being pretty handy


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#10 posted 01-01-2013 02:29 AM

I just finished mine,yours looks way better then mine!!!!

-- Tbarksdale Cullman Alabama

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#11 posted 01-01-2013 05:50 AM

You guys are too kind, thanks for the encouraging words.

My desire is to learn how to make furniture and other things using only hand tools. I’m looking forward to that journey.

I’ve used my vise today and it’s working pretty well. The draw back is the handles. The current handles weren’t intended to be permanent but, they aren’t working as a temporary solution very well. It’s difficult to tighten them enough.

I guess that’s a good thing cuz, if they worked better, I’d probably never get around to putting on the permanent handles. :)

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#12 posted 01-11-2013 02:30 PM

I was able to make the temporary handles work better. I put a lock (spring) washer between the coupler nut and the regular nut. They hold tight in place when pressure is applied to tighten the vise. I guess that means the permanent handles might not get put on very soon. There’s so many other projects to do. :)

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#13 posted 01-11-2013 02:42 PM

Mule, thank you for that link to Follansbee’s discussion of the double screw. The small-ish one he demonstrates makes a lot of sense! Good job on your vise as well, and good luck on your journey. Don’t delay on that bench you wish for; you won’t regret it. I had fewer tools than you appear to have when starting mine. :-)

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

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#14 posted 01-11-2013 03:54 PM

@Smitty_Cabinetshop, I followed Follansbee’s description in regards to dimensions except, I made mine just a little bit longer so there is enough space to put a 12” board between the screws (it’s actually 12 1/2”). I even have the screws offset from the center of the board’s width. I’m thinking about making a smaller one that has a 6” capacity between the screws.

I’m attending the 6 day foundational course at the “Heritage School of Woodworking” next week. After that, I’ll hopefully find some time to start building a small bench that’s sort of a combination of a workbench and a saw bench. Like this one by SilverbackReef I think it’ll be useful and, it’ll be good practice toward building the Rubo.

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#15 posted 01-11-2013 04:14 PM

Excellent class, it looks like. Envy heading your way, I’d love to do six days of woodworking as a focus. Awesome.

The small saw bench is interesting, and indeed would be a great practice piece. I’ve built three of the earlier form of sawbench that C. Schwarz espoused, before he went with a classroom-optimal style, and it was great practice as well. I do like that it’s heavy, for stability, but not too. The one you’re looking at, if you don’t have a large shop, may be kind of obtuse / in the way, as it’s much heavier than your typical sawbench. That said, I’ll definitely follow along as ou build it, if you post it.

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

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