walnut for moxon vise?

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Forum topic by BigJohn posted 03-03-2016 03:20 PM 1785 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2016 03:20 PM

Bought the bench craft moxon vise kit and do not have hard maple but I have a slab of walnut. Should I spend the $40 and use hard maple or just use the walnut thats been sitting in the corner for a few years? Thanks.

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#1 posted 03-03-2016 03:24 PM

I would go for the hard maple. Walnut is softer than hard maple and, IMHO, would not hold up as well.

Save the walnut for something special.

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#2 posted 03-03-2016 03:58 PM

I agree, save the maple. You could also consider white oak, I hate working with it due to the density. Might be a touch cheaper too.

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#3 posted 03-03-2016 06:53 PM

I disagree just about any wood will work.
How much abuse will a moxon vise take?
Mine is made of tulipwood with mahogany chop.

However, in my world I wouldn’t waste the walnut on a shop appliance.

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#4 posted 03-03-2016 07:20 PM

I disagree just about any wood will work.
How much abuse will a moxon vise take?
Mine is made of tulipwood with mahogany chop.

However, in my world I wouldn t waste the walnut on a shop appliance.

- rwe2156

+1^ As long as it won’t split under pressure, go for it. I used white oak for my vise chop. I definitely wouldn’t spend a Walnut slab on vise jaws personally, but if you want to, it will work. Doesn’t have to be a slab either. Lamination will work just as well.

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#5 posted 03-03-2016 07:26 PM

Use what you have, it will clamp and hold just fine. Pine would do, too. $40 for material is a waste when you have stuff sitting around.

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#6 posted 03-03-2016 07:29 PM

I agree with that ^. Use what ya got. A moxon is a fun build.

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#7 posted 03-03-2016 11:23 PM

I built mine with walnut I had leftover from a commission piece. So it was “free to me”. It has held up just fine. Jay Bates made one with several layers of 3/4” plywood glued up. Use what you have.

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#8 posted 03-16-2016 07:40 PM

I made my Moxon from some white ‘stuff’ 2×6’s from HD … it’s a shop accessory. I wouldn’t overthink it … It needs nothing more.

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