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Blog entry by builtinbkyn posted 05-17-2016 02:23 AM 2237 reads 14 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to make a moxon vise for the bench. I figured I’d make it a mini-bench that mounts to my workbench, so it would provide a taller work surface as well as a larger clamping area for dovetailing drawers and panels. I planned this a few weeks back.

The Benchcrafted hardware is certainly very nice, but I thought I’d see if I could make one on the cheap. So I searched to Amazon to see what I could come up with for the hardware. I ended up using CNC components and some inexpensive hand wheels and a red oak stair tread I had left over from a job. I had cherry and walnut on hand as left-overs from recent projects, so they were used for the chops. The sum total for the hardware was $55. This all met with my “cheap” criteria :)

The construction: the chops are cherry and walnut and the top is made from the re-sawn red oak tread, glued up to have the edge grain on top vs the face grain on top. Using the tread was convenient as it was already dead flat. The 8mm lead screws are used for CNC applications and the chromed cast iron 4 spoke hand wheels are used for a milling machine. I also purchased some bearing bushing sleeves to allow the lead screws to slide easily thru the chops.

The tread is cut into strips and re-glued to have the edge grain exposed to the top.

Then I cut the panel into three equal length pieces and glued it up into a single panel.

Some of the assembly and components.

I had to ream the center hole in the hand wheels to receive the lead screw, as the existing hole diameter was too small to receive it. I then drilled and tapped them for a set screw.

The vise is fastened to the workbench using holdfasts and supported at the back by a board that extends from the bottom of the moxon top to the bench top.

The over all dimensions – the top is 20”deep x24”wide x 1 1/8” thick and stands +4” over the height of my workbench. The chops are 3” tall x 24” wide. The chop can accommodate a 19” wide panel between the screws.

I still have some details to finish and need to plug the holes in the top and the fixed chop and then sand and finish it. I’ll add some leather to line the chops and may also edge band the top with some walnut to finish it off.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)



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Andre

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#1 posted 05-17-2016 04:45 AM

Great Design! Another project for the to do/build list.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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bearkatwood

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#2 posted 05-17-2016 12:05 PM

Looks like you can get some nice wide panels in there and it isn’t going to move at all on you. Nice work. I have yet to make mine, sure could have used one of these yesterday. Thanks for sharing. Your shop is looking great!

-- Brian Noel

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Dan Wolfgang

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#3 posted 05-17-2016 01:56 PM

Very nice; I’m inspired! Thanks for the links to the hardware you used, too!

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builtinbkyn

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#4 posted 05-18-2016 09:23 PM

Pretty much finished this up today. Edge-banded the top with some walnut and then flattened the top and sanded to 150. I also lined the jaws with some leather. I may or may not put some oil finish on this, but for now I think I’ll consider it done. :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#5 posted 05-19-2016 08:18 AM

Great work

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 05-19-2016 01:19 PM

Very nice.

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 05-19-2016 01:25 PM

This is a very handy and nice portable vise. It is so nice and heavy and will be a great accessory to your worktable or assembly table. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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BareFeet

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#8 posted 05-19-2016 04:13 PM

Great design and use of inexpensive parts for the hardware. Does the vice jaw sag at all when you extend it out?

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builtinbkyn

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#9 posted 05-19-2016 05:34 PM

Thanks folks. I can see this being an integral part of my bench work.


Great design and use of inexpensive parts for the hardware. Does the vice jaw sag at all when you extend it out?

- BareFeet

The lead screws are very rigid. However they are also 10” long and when extended out far, they can sway, for lack of a better description. I thought about cutting them shorter, but didn’t see any benefit to doing so other than not having to unscrew them 10” when I was working on it. :) They do have ample clamping power and I can see using the full extension for some operation.

Click for details: Inexpensive Moxon Vise

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#10 posted 05-19-2016 08:24 PM

Functional and beautiful… nicely done…

-- --- Happy Howie

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builtinbkyn

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#11 posted 05-20-2016 03:21 PM



Great design and use of inexpensive parts for the hardware. Does the vice jaw sag at all when you extend it out?

- BareFeet

Had to verify it this morning. No perceptible sag when the screws are fully extended.

 photo IMG_4031.jpg

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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kiefer

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#12 posted 05-20-2016 03:27 PM

Nice looking Moxon and the price is right and with the leather on the chops it should hold just fine .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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BillSNY

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#13 posted 07-09-2016 02:36 AM

Very nice project. What are the brass pieces in picture 4 & 5 above. They don’t look like the bushings you put a link to. Thanks for the info.

Bill

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builtinbkyn

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#14 posted 07-11-2016 02:31 AM

Hi Bill. Thanks. Those brass flanges come with the lead screws.

Very nice project. What are the brass pieces in picture 4 & 5 above. They don t look like the bushings you put a link to. Thanks for the info.

Bill

- BillSNY


-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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