Cheap, Strong, Easy Sliding Moxon Vise

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Project by JSB posted 04-28-2014 03:52 PM 5345 views 51 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve wanted a decent vise setup for a long time now but without a work surface it was pointless. Now that I have a work table I looked at my options. An under mount vise wouldn’t work because my table top isn’t supported all the way around. A moxon vise would work but the nice hardware kits online are over $150 then you have to buy the hardwood. I decided to make my own design based on several inspirational images I found online. It’s a sliding Moxon vise using pipe clamps. The vise slides forward so you can work on end grain joinery as you traditionally would with a Moxon vise. And it slides backward so you can clamp at least 4” of material to chop away at a mortise with both jaws being on top of the work table to directly transfer the weight below. The pipe clamps hold a lot better than I expected and I am absolutely blown away at how awesome this thing performs.

For those who are interested a video and free plans are here:

-- Jay -

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#1 posted 04-28-2014 04:19 PM

Looks like a winner .

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 04-28-2014 04:19 PM

great videos of your process, I might have to build one of these, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 04-28-2014 04:48 PM

Very clever!

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. Don't cry because it's over, smile....because for 7 glorious miles, everyone thought you were the real bus driver!

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#4 posted 04-28-2014 07:10 PM

Great idea, thanks for the plans and info.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 04-28-2014 08:24 PM

Good thinking! Love this forum for the ideas. Hmmmm…. those broken bar clamps might just be the ticket…

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#6 posted 04-28-2014 09:54 PM

Great project and video, you are really fast.

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#7 posted 04-29-2014 01:02 AM

I enjoyed your video, looking for ideas for my vise. I especially like the after-glue-up process. Are any special chips required for this?
After watching your video a couple of times, I’m wondering would it not be better to use a nut & washer to pull the carriage bolt head into the wood, thus putting a square head into a newly created square hole? It looks like using the two locked nuts rotated the head creating a round hole?
Thanks for the informative video.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 04-29-2014 01:07 AM

Oldtool – The original hole was undersized and I threaded the carriage bolt into the hole first which essentially turned the entire chunk of wood into a nut. With the carriage bolt seated as far down as it would go the square end doesn’t matter as it’s basically like tightening a huge nut onto the flat bottom of the carriage bolt head.

-- Jay -

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#9 posted 04-29-2014 02:59 AM

now i got another project thanks

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#10 posted 04-29-2014 04:50 AM

Good idea and nice execution.

-- Tom D

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#11 posted 04-29-2014 04:53 AM

Kool! Great idea.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 04-29-2014 11:58 AM

Thanks a lot. These will come handy for sure.


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#13 posted 04-29-2014 12:12 PM

I built one of these 3 years ago, it’s one of my favorite shop accessories.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#14 posted 04-29-2014 01:58 PM

Great work

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#15 posted 04-30-2014 09:14 PM

Such a fine build. Very clever work indeed!

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