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Project by Chiaroscuro posted 05-04-2017 12:12 AM 1678 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So after the two boxes I made for my son, I decided I needed a moxon vise to help with dovetailing.

Box:

I thought I could make it myself, so I actually started carving the wheels I wanted out of a super thick off cut of walnut before I even had a real plan of attack. I usually work with a combination of hand and power tools although I lean heavily toward hand tools. So for this project, the planing and jointing was a combination of a power planer, a power jointer, and hand planes. The auguring was all by hand, and I cut out the rough blank of the wheel with power tools after struggling to do one “slice of pie” by hand. Everything else (tapping the holes and threading the rods, shaping and all joinery) was done by hand. I finally found the Benchcraft plans for their kit online and modified it (I needed dimensions for the spacing between the screws). https://benchcrafted.com/PDF%20Files/Benchcrafted%20Moxon%20Vise.pdf

The very last photo shows the vise from the back. The leg appears to be hovering. When I clamped it up, I put a ton of clamps on the front edge because there was a gap on top. This caused a bit of angle up. I planed the top 90 degrees to the clamping surface and flipped the leg over and drilled two holes. I tapped these with two screw that are recessed into the leg. I then slowly backed them out until they were touching the bench, so the leg IS doing something!

Here I’m cutting the joinery for the back table:

Dry fit where you can see the butterfly I had to place because the foot split when I tapped it into the mortise:

The finished back:

-- Todd





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swirt

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#1 posted 05-04-2017 01:12 AM

A very nice approach to that vise.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Andre

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#2 posted 05-04-2017 01:57 AM

Good job, I’m in the process of building one myself. Have everything milled out and just trying to figure out the best way for the moveable face to travel with the hand wheels. Too bad so many other projects keep getting in the way!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 05-04-2017 02:05 PM

This is a beautiful vise and so nicely done. It will make a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Chiaroscuro

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#4 posted 05-04-2017 03:13 PM

Thanks all!

Andre, are your posts fixed or mobile? I didn’t want them out permanently because I knew I would constantly run into them. My wheels are thick enough that they can push against the mobile jaw to tension down. If they had not, I had considered a type of collet that referenced a grove in the shaft but I’m glad I didn’t because there is quite a bit of freedom of movement of the jaw without that and it would require both wheels to be very closely aligned at all times. Check out the benchcraft plans in the link above – they have a fixed post and cinch with the wheel too.

-- Todd

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#5 posted 05-04-2017 11:57 PM

Awesome vice! Love your hand made wheels!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Andre

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#6 posted 05-05-2017 06:01 AM



Thanks all! Andre, are your posts fixed or mobile? I didn t want them out permanently because I knew I would constantly run into them. My wheels are thick enough that they can push against the mobile jaw to tension down. If they had not, I had considered a type of collet that referenced a grove in the shaft but I m glad I didn t because there is quite a bit of freedom of movement of the jaw without that and it would require both wheels to be very closely aligned at all times. Check out the benchcraft plans in the link above – they have a fixed post and cinch with the wheel too.

- Chiaroscuro

My Posts/shafts are only threaded dowels at the moment, have learned a great deal of patience so making fewer mistake! Everything is milled out and the design set in my head just waiting to get back to it. Making my Dovetail vise inspired me to get started on the Moxon but now I got side tracked on a Saw Till and some more orders/request have shown up so who knows when it will be completed? I had turned some solid hand wheels but may have to modify them a bit for appearance sake! (after seeing yours)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Chiaroscuro

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#7 posted 09-02-2017 08:35 PM

Continue to really like the moxon vise- here is a shot of the tap and thread kit I used.

-- Todd

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