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 :)