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Moxon Vise for Friend and Fellow Lumberjock

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Project by RussInMichigan posted 12-20-2014 07:49 PM 1898 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Moxon vise I made for a friend and fellow lumberjock, edwardsk28.

It is similar to many other Moxon vises. This was made with 1/2 and 3/4 inch Baltic birch plywood laminated to give vise jaws 2 inches thick and 6 inches high, and a base 1 1/2 inches thick by 6 inches wide. The opening is 24 1/2 inches wide, the jaws are 32 1/2 inches long and the base is 36 inches long to allow for a clamping surface at each end. To allow for flexibility of use the base is lag bolted to the underside of the back jaw. This puts the top of the vise about 7 1/2 inches above the bench top. The clamping mechanism is a pair of 1/2 inches Pony brand pipe clamps with 18 inch pipes.

I left edge treatments, rounding and the like, to the recipient.

Thanks for looking in and have a great day, lumberjocks.

Russ





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-20-2014 10:44 PM

Nice job on the vise, Russ!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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chilimac

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#2 posted 12-21-2014 06:40 AM

Clever using that style clamp for a moxon. May have to try this.

I’m curious if it would be possible to drill a hole in the flat part of the clamp in order to bolt it to the wood of the jaw. This would allow the jaw to open when you open the clamp without having to pull the jaw back.

Or would it bind/rack?

-- Big discoveries don't go "Eureka!", they go "Huh. That's funny..." They just as frequently go *bang* and *woosh*...

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edwardsk28

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#3 posted 12-21-2014 07:39 AM

Thanks for the Moxon vise Russ. It works great. I used it to hand cut some dovetails today.

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toolfooldan

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#4 posted 12-21-2014 01:03 PM



Clever using that style clamp for a moxon. May have to try this.

I m curious if it would be possible to drill a hole in the flat part of the clamp in order to bolt it to the wood of the jaw. This would allow the jaw to open when you open the clamp without having to pull the jaw back.

Or would it bind/rack?

- chilimac

I did your suggestion in the vise I made and it works well. It’ll rack if one side is opened a lot more than the other.

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RussInMichigan

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#5 posted 12-21-2014 01:25 PM

Thanks for the comments, lumberjocks.

And, edwardsk28, you are most welcome.

chilimac, I saw that idea and thought of implementing it on this vise, but I really wanted it to be used a bit to see what other mods or upgrades might make sense. Concerning its binding, my approach for reducing the binding would be to make slots(maybe 1 1/2” long) in the front jaw rather than the straight holes it currently has. But, then, if the pipe clamp jaw is tightly bound to the front jaw, the jaw should pull back as the clamp is retracted.

toolfooldan, it sounds like you’ve shown that chilimac’s idea works. Thanks for the comment.

Have a wonderful day, lumberjocks.

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gscz28

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#6 posted 12-21-2014 07:37 PM

Nice job, I need one
I see a lot of these made with plywood, why not a 2×6 or 2×8?

is the plywood more stable?

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RussInMichigan

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#7 posted 12-21-2014 10:45 PM

gscz28,
A construction grade 2X6 or 2X8 would work, but I do think they would not remain stable. Construction grade lumber will be between maybe 14 and 19 percent water whereas plywood will be around 7 percent, and the drying of the dimension lumber will almost always show.

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