Moxon Vise with Hold Downs

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Project by Twodeuce posted 05-22-2014 12:51 PM 3965 views 18 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know everyone has made a Moxon Vise. Mine is not much different from thousands of others with the exception that I couldn’t find anyone who had a built-in solution to hold their work perpendicular to the chops.
I use the Benchcrafted kit and built my own.
I didn’t want it too heavy, yet I wanted a little bit of “tabletop” for a larger reference surface and support. The extended top only measures 4 1/2” but is more than enough to support my dovetail alignment board.
Finally, my solution was the Rockler hold downs and track bar that were added to keep my pin board from slipping as I mark their location.
Not exactly traditional, but works like a champ!
Hopefully this helps others.

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#1 posted 05-22-2014 01:26 PM

Everyone but me it would appear. I like your design and the hold down method, effective and simple to use.

Your bench looks to be a topper too, it all looks good together.

Do you cut your dovetails by hand or router??


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#2 posted 05-22-2014 01:38 PM


Thank you!

W/out getting too long winded…I like hand cutting my through dovetails. Half-blind I hand cut my tails and start my lines with my saw on the pins and then rout the waste. I just don’t have the shop time to chisel out all the waste.

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#3 posted 05-22-2014 08:45 PM

hmm guess I’ll have to join everyone hee hee these are cool

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 05-22-2014 09:00 PM

Thanks for answering the question. I have just begun to cut dovetails by hand again after many years of neglecting them. I forgot how much fun and satisfying it was. I’ve just learned to enjoy shop time more by taking my time and not worrying about finishing a job in any set time.

Good luck


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#5 posted 05-23-2014 01:45 AM

Nope, no moxon here and no real workbench yet that is two strikes against
I like your modification. I’m sure it will be really useful.
I’ll have to remember that whenever I build a moxon.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#6 posted 05-23-2014 01:47 AM

Very nice. I like the hold down additions

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#7 posted 05-23-2014 06:27 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- A Chip On The Shoulder Usually Indicates Wood Higher Up. (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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