Moxon Vise

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Project by measureagain posted 01-09-2016 09:29 PM 926 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I needed to make drawers for my router table, I thought it would be a good time to practice dovetails. I didn’t have a good way to clamp the drawer sides vertically. I found a sale on a couple of veneer press screws for cheap, and picked up a couple of large washers at the local hardware store. I spent a few hours and pulled a few pieces of 2×6 and 2×4 scraps to make this. It clamps to a bench top, so it is very portable. I’m still looking for some scrap leather to line the chops with, but so far it isn’t leaving any marks on the workpieces. It would also be nice to find a couple of light duty springs to push the chops apart when loosening them, so I could always have one hand on the workpiece.

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#1 posted 01-10-2016 12:30 AM

Looks like it works like the real thing, all the ones I have seen are home made, pipe clams etc. I used something similar.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 01-10-2016 07:36 PM

Are those little 9” press clamps? I have been compiling ideas for a moxon lately and hadn’t seen that, but seems super smart. Better than a pipe clamp I think. Cool.

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#3 posted 01-11-2016 09:14 PM

yes, 9” press screws. I am a bit of a hoarder, so I collect parts for a few years before I get around to using them. I just made a quick look around on the internet, and they seem to be about twice as expensive as I remember paying. What we all need is a pal in a machine shop, with an endless supply of acme threaded rod, and who can weld like nobodies business. I want to build a real workbench with a leg vise, but the cost of benchcrafted hardware is just choking me.

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