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Fun with hand saws #6: Making a moxon

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 509 days ago 1241 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the midst of making a box with full blind dovetails and lots of inlay stringing, I have decided to make a moxon vice at the same time. I bought the Bench crafted moxon hardware. Sweet.

First, I had to get the right kind of wood. No problems, 8/4 hard maple, 7’ long and 12.5” wide. A little big, but nothing I cannot work with. So step one was to cross cut it 36” long.

With my old Disston crosscut saw it only took me about 3 min. I think it needs to be sharpened.

Next I needed to rip that in half, so each piece was just over 6” wide. No problem, thats what my Wenzloff rip saw is for.

Thats worked up a good sweat, it took about 5 min, and I did most of it two handed.

But, I wandered a bit…

So…. jointer plane…...????

Now I am just as bad as the next galoot for punishment, but I was feeling a little lazy after all the hand saw work, so I asked a friend of mine to use his power jointer on them for me….

Some friend he turned out to be!!!

Kidding. He did a great job. Then I used the plans to mark out my holes for the screws. I used a drill press and a forstner bit to do most of the work, but then I squared it up with some chisles.

After drilling and elongating the holes in the face piece, I put no the wheels. These things spin! Very sweet movement. I put some slip it wax on them to lube them up… wow.

I am not done. I decided that because I have a spot where I can have this vice up pretty much on a permenant basis, I am going to build a little bench slab top to attached to the back side. This way I can have the sawing at a great height, but the chiseling too. Basically, I am replacing this…

I made this a few years ago, and it works great, there is nothing wrong with it… its just… well…. its not a Bench Crafted moxon vice. Seriously? Do I really have to justify my decision?

Thanks,



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molan

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#1 posted 508 days ago

Nope you definitely don’t have to justify anything! I am sure you will love the new vise!

hopping to build one myself someday!

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tirebob

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#2 posted 507 days ago

J E A L O U S!!!!! Seriously sweet man…

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