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Cheap, Strong, Easy Sliding Moxon Vise

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Project by JSB posted 04-28-2014 at 08:52 AM 2558 views 43 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:

Here is a video covering the build
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKCQT20RPD8

Free plans here
http://jayscustomcreations.com/2014/04/how-to-make-a-sliding-moxon-vise/

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com





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#1 posted 04-28-2014 at 09:19 AM

Looks like a winner .

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#2 posted 04-28-2014 at 09:19 AM

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

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#3 posted 04-28-2014 at 09:48 AM

Very clever!

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#4 posted 04-28-2014 at 12:10 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 at 01:24 PM

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

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#6 posted 04-28-2014 at 02:54 PM

Great project and video, you are really fast.

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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#7 posted 04-28-2014 at 06:02 PM

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.

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#8 posted 04-28-2014 at 06:07 PM

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 - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

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#9 posted 04-28-2014 at 07:59 PM

now i got another project thanks

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#10 posted 04-28-2014 at 09:50 PM

Good idea and nice execution.

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#11 posted 04-28-2014 at 09:53 PM

Kool! Great idea.

-- "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 at 04:58 AM

Thanks a lot. These will come handy for sure.

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#13 posted 04-29-2014 at 05:12 AM

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

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/46992

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#14 posted 04-29-2014 at 06:58 AM

Great work

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#15 posted 04-30-2014 at 02:14 PM

Such a fine build. Very clever work indeed!

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