Moxon Style Vise with Pipe Clamps

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Project by Radu posted 12-22-2014 12:35 AM 15914 views 20 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my version of the Moxon style vise. I was inspired by Jay Bates’ version. I was just about ready to cut some plywood to laminate it, and I decided to visit my “local” construction site. I found some off-cuts from the laminated beams they use (12” wide x 1 3/4” thick).
I ended up with 24” long jaws x 6” wide x 1 3/4” thick. I used 1/2” pipe clamps. I decided to enclose the pipe clamp jaws in wood, to prevent their rotation and also when I open the clamps the front jaw moves too – the picture explains it better. It is mounted on a piece of 7/8” OSB, which you already guessed where I got it from, and clamped to the bench with a couple of C-clamps.
I used it a few times and holds everything nice and tight. I wanted a vise for long time and I’m very happy with it – I should have built it a lot sooner. If you don’t have one, don’t wait any longer. It’s a million times better that none.
Thanks again everyone who provided inspiration for this project.

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#1 posted 12-22-2014 01:33 AM

Looks clean and sturdy! Hope you find a lot of use in it!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 12-22-2014 07:36 PM

nice job…man I gotta make one of these

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#3 posted 12-22-2014 07:44 PM

I like the idea that it is portable. Very nice!

-- Richard, Temple, GA.....If I smell of sawdust then I was having fun

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#4 posted 12-23-2014 04:28 AM

Great vice glad to hear you were able to fine such good pieces for the build for free

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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