Moxon Vise-my version

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Project by Alask posted 02-06-2015 01:00 AM 1945 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello felows,at this time I would like to share a Moxon Vise (I don’t know if I can call this a Moxon Vise but it was my inspiration).

To be honest I love the idea of Moxon vise but hate the idea to use two screws to set up the workpiece.

Using a wood leftovers and a few metalic parts I did my version with only one screw to tight during the piece position time.

It use a little more wood but I like a lot how it works.

The idea is a pair of locks at two bars (wood,metalic pipe or rod) and because you know the thickness of wood you normally use you can preset the lock position and slide the bars freely and then tight the workpiece turning more or less the screwed wheel.

The wooden wheel saved for other project.I rounded the sharp edge.

All parts together

This hole will be tapered

This small screw will be inserted at main screw to pull back the center jaw

This is the hole for both washers.It helps to main screw turns easily when tight the workpiece

This is the hole for locking pin main screw at wooden wheel

This is the nut

Here the vise assembled.The lock at preseted position and you can slide the both bars foward using only one hand and after tight the main screw.You decide the lock position based in your pieces thickness

Using two diferente thickness at same preseted lock position (turning more or less the main screw)

This screw can be shorter if necessary (permit you to be closer to workpiece)

Thanks for attention

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#1 posted 02-06-2015 01:35 AM

I like your design! I feel the same way about the one screw versus two. Thanks for taking the time to post the step by step pictures. That will make it much much easier to follow. Thanks for sharing!

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#2 posted 02-06-2015 02:41 AM

Nicely done and well documented.

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#3 posted 02-06-2015 03:32 PM

Super nice design on this vise, pretty ingenious. I especially like the double adjustment with the locks on the rods, which keeps the screw adjustment to a minimum regardless of material thickness. Great work.

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#4 posted 02-06-2015 04:22 PM

Interesting design, I’ve never seen one like this.

When using a Moxon you only really have one screw as well for a given wood thickness. You set one screw to the thickness you are working with and use the other to secure/loosen a board. I think a lot of people miss that nuisance when using a Moxon. You also may have issues cutting on an angle (think half-blind DT’s) with those gaps in the front.

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#5 posted 02-06-2015 06:45 PM

Reminds of a shoulder vise, great creativity, thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 02-07-2015 12:36 AM

Thanks for all comments.

ChuckC my English is not good enough to understand your comment about dovetails (I never worked with dovetais yet) but it means I can’t work with blind dovetails in my vise?

I’ll make a test tomorrow use the front jaw(where the nut was screwed ) using a reverse action so I’ll tight the working piece using the back of jaw and turn the screw in oposite way. Idon’t know if all parts will be tight at a solid position to permit me to use a chisel with no moviment in vise.

The workpiece will be little out of center because the main screw is on the center but can work.After make a test I’ll post here.

One more time thanks .

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#7 posted 02-07-2015 03:06 PM

Hello felows,I did the test and yes is possible to use this vise as a normal vise (but in reverse action screw).

Here the clamps keep all parts tight and no moviment is possible.

Thanks for attention

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