|Project by Wayne Precht||posted 01-23-2016 02:54 PM||884 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
This is a rather complex modern version of the Moxon vise. I made it before I had ever heard of Moxon, so it shows there is something to the design.
I don’t know where I got the idea for it, I am going to guess a magazine. It’s not something I could come up with on my own :)
This one is made for a router, my 1-3/4 HP Bosch Router to be precise. There are a set of various sized steel backed maple face jaws that are held in place by rare earth magnets to the clamps allowing asymmetric clamping.
There are 4 clamps that can be attached, they feed a threaded rod though the body to a through hole knob in back. You can use any number and the sizes of the face jaws allow any number of arrangements.
There are 4 movable stops in a T track and a larger wooden rear track sized for the fence on my router. This allows you to center the router on your stock, set the stops at each end of a mortise, then use you spiral bit and a plunge router to make perfect mortises. The rear track keeps the router from wandering in the cut and the stops…well, stop the length of the cut.
I can’t remember when I made this. I think it was to make an Arts & Crafts desk that I did on commission that had, like, a billion mortises to cut.
It’s pretty hefty, made from 8/4 maple and it’s like 4’ long. I don’t know what I am going to do with it. It had gotten buried in the scrap wood corner. It’s a little big for my shop and I don’t like the way the screws stick out on the front (small shop, large guy). But it’s too nice to get rid of and the minute I do, I’ll get another billion mortise job…
-- --- Wayne.