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#1 posted 12-27-2019 10:33 PM

It looks like a Moxon vise of sorts.

Normally, it was held in place by securing the rear jaw to the workbench using handscrew clamps. Some were purpose built such that they could slide into a pocket in the workbench, eliminating the need for handscrews.

A Moxon vise gave one the ability to secure long pieces vertically so that, for instance, dovetails could be cut into the ends of these long boards. The design allows the entire board to be secured verses only one edge secured in a normal bench vise.

That’s my take on it. I could be wrong as I am by no means an expert!


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