Southern Pine Moxon Vise

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Project by rustythebailiff posted 12-24-2013 05:05 AM 3116 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wish I had built this earlier, like when I was cutting dovetails in the panels for my in progress tool chest. The main body and faces are made from SYP construction grade lumber, trimmed to used the best grain as much as possible. The screw handles are maple, bored and chiseled out to take the long nut. Small wedges hold the nut in place. I decided to use 3/4 threaded rod from the box store to save money. Rather than buy a tap and die for wood, which I would probably use only once, I spent a total of $20 on the wood and hardware. I had some doe skin scraps, which I used to cover one face. I have been using the vise to saw dovetails on some other pieces. It holds tight, and raises the work to a nice height. Build time, an extended afternoon.

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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#1 posted 12-24-2013 09:31 AM

Nice work Rusty… Certain that will provide many years of faithful use! Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#2 posted 12-24-2013 10:35 AM

Very handy Rusty. I think I will make one of these for my new assembly table. I can see how handy this portable vise could be. I also happen to have the tap and dies for wood screws needed. Thanks for the inspiration!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 12-24-2013 12:30 PM

Very nice! Looks very solid and I like how you imbedded the nuts in the maple.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#4 posted 12-24-2013 11:04 PM

I plan to use this on my bench pretty much exclusively, with the hold fasts to lock it in. But, by making the back piece that rests on the bench 2-3 inches longer per side, one could clamp it onto any bench or table. It feels like it will take a lot of abuse

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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