|Project by Glen Peterson||posted 10-22-2015 02:08 AM||2393 views||11 times favorited||11 comments|
I’ve been thinking about making a Moxon vice for quite a while. I wanted something with double screws for dovetails. I’ve researched the DIY versions as well as the Benchcrafted kit. I thought I could do it myself at least as well at a much lower cost. Several Jocks inspired this project, particularly my local buddy Chrisstef. I was torn regarding whether to make a vice or a mini-bench/vice combo. Many plans such as the Benchcrafted model have several inches of threaded rod sticking out of the front of the vice. I thought I’d whack my hands on them so I wanted to attach the knobs to the rod so when they are tightened the excess rod goes out the back of the vice.
I decided to turn the handles/knobs myself from some thick mahogany. The nuts are mortised and epoxied into the back of the handles, and the threaded rod is epoxied into the nuts. The handles are about 5” in diameter. Big enough to really tighten them. I thought they “turned” out well. I started by making the vice and once it was complete, decided to add the bench portion. The vice and bench alI 7/4 maple. I used 3/4”acme threaded rod and nuts thought I bought from McMaster-Carr. There is about 16” between the rods. And the jaw capacity is about 5”. The back of the inside face is covered with vegetable tanned leather, rough side out. I based it on an article in the July 2014 issue of Furniture & Cabinetmaking, the British magazine.