Moxon Vise

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Project by Andre posted 11-16-2017 11:46 PM 945 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Started this over a year ago, milled all the lumber but then couldn’t decide how to make the jaw travel with the handles? When I was treading the 1”oak dowels it came to me, made a 1/2” notch on the shaft and installed pins from the sides to retain them. Made from Maple and Walnut for the main body, threaded dowel is Oak and the washers are Teak, the handles are Walnut, thought about adding some carved grips on them but really, they work fine as are! Only metal in the build are 2 #4 by 3/4” brass screws to hold in the retaining dowel pins, and lots of wax on the threads! Finish is Lee Valley French Polish. Sure hope this improves my Dovetailing Skills?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#1 posted 11-17-2017 12:14 AM

Nicely done.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 11-17-2017 12:27 AM

Looks great Andre! I definitely have a Moxon vise on my todo list.

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#3 posted 11-17-2017 12:41 AM

I like this idea! Nicely done Ander!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#4 posted 11-17-2017 01:37 AM

Hey Andre,
That, my friend, is a work of art. Truly beautiful and functional. Congratulations on a stunning build!

-- 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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#5 posted 11-17-2017 02:00 AM

Hey Andre,

I was just building one of these today. When I saw the thumbnail I momentarily thought I must have posted it and forgotten. Then I thought ….. yeah, you’re old all right ….. but not that old yet! There are some differences but the similarity in the photos (background stuff in particular) is a little scary.

Nice work, mine is just a Q&D version to get some dovetails done that need to be done well. I love the wooden screws!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#6 posted 11-17-2017 04:57 PM

Thanks for all the comments, The wife questions why some of my shop projects take so much time and look so nice?
Paul should I put out the 2 Cherries chisels, think you have a set in shop #1 ? I have seen your work, your Q & D is want I aspire to do some day LOL!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 11-17-2017 08:24 PM

You did a fine job on this vise.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#8 posted 11-17-2017 11:05 PM

Beautiful work

-- -Tim Royal -"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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#9 posted 11-18-2017 04:52 PM

Nicely done Andre
Well thought out and a addition to your workbench .
I am in the process of making one also but as you say it takes time to work out all the little details .

-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 11-18-2017 05:28 PM

Nicely done Andre
Well thought out and a addition to your workbench .
I am in the process of making one also but as you say it takes time to work out all the little details .

- kiefer

LOL! Just trying to think of what you will come up with? Looked at the Pic’s and noticed that the threads look fuzzy, actually it is the wax!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#11 posted 11-19-2017 02:25 AM

Looks great! I had the same issue and left the base of the handle longer to push on the jaw. Your solution is far more elegant.

-- Todd

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#12 posted 11-19-2017 04:18 PM

You will enjoy using that vice Andre, beautiful work as always!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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