Moxon Vice/ Portable Bench

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Project by Glen Peterson posted 10-22-2015 02:08 AM 2159 views 11 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.


-- Glen

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#1 posted 10-22-2015 05:09 AM

Nicely done!!!
Looks more like a beautiful art project than a simple vise.
Course being a wood worker I may be a little near sighted.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#2 posted 10-22-2015 06:32 AM

Definitely turned out well. I like the excess threads out the back.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 10-22-2015 01:28 PM

Great project, in my favorites as another thing to build someday! Been looking at that saw for awhile, have to decide if it is a Want or a Need?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 10-22-2015 02:06 PM

I find it hard to believe that something I did inspired you Glen ;). With all of the amazing things you’ve put out im just a rookie in comparison. In any fashion, im honored to be mentioned in your project so thank you for that. I really like the mini bench behind it and I wish that I had extended my front jaw to sit lower than the rear. Its got to make for much easier alignment along the edge of the bench. Another great project buddy.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 10-22-2015 04:12 PM

Great job Glen, mine is homemade too, though not as nicely done as yours. They are the bomb for dovetails and also for planing.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 10-22-2015 05:45 PM

Definitely a useful addition to your, or anyones, shop.
A large clamping area and portability in one project, I like this!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 10-22-2015 07:34 PM

Nice build. I need one of these in my shop. Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#8 posted 10-22-2015 08:20 PM

That is a very nice Moxon, incorporating some good ideas.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#9 posted 10-23-2015 07:59 AM

The design is realy different. I like this all wood design with invisible metal parts.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 12-21-2015 11:38 AM

That’s a really cool top you made your self there.
Lovely with the self made wheels.
Merry Christmas,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 12-21-2015 03:17 PM

very nice vice. I will favorite this and add it to something I want to make.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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