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Project by RLindberry posted 12-22-2017 10:38 PM 650 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a friend who has gotten into woodworking, and over the past couple of years I’ve enjoyed teaching him techniques – particularly with hand tools. Last year he moved away, and doesn’t have a proper bench for hand tool work, so for Christmas this year I built him a Moxon vise.

The oak was given to me by another friend, who got it when he bought his house and didn’t know what to do with it when he moved away. I figured paying it forward was a good use of the material. The handles are some slightly figured maple that came from the firewood pile several years ago.

I don’t know where the design originated, but I copied the basic dimensions and and details from one my dad built several years ago.

The keepers don’t work nearly as well as I’d hoped mainly because I threaded the handles all the way down to the keeper slots. This allows the keepers to ride up the threads and the handles come loose. Lessons learned, I guess.

The lathe work was powered, but everything else was done by hand (my general preference). Finish is just BLO.

Now I just have to mortgage the house to ship this beast to Tennessee! Questions and comments welcome.





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Andre

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#1 posted 12-23-2017 06:00 AM

Looks pretty, not sure what you mean by the Keepers?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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RLindberry

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#2 posted 12-23-2017 06:14 AM

Andre,

The keepers are the two walnut nubs sticking out of the top. The handscrews thread into the back chop, but they slide freely through the front. The point of the keepers was to “lock” the handscrews to the front chop, so that when you loosen the screws, the front pulls away from the back.

As it is, that only happens some of the time. When they ride up the threads, they don’t hold the screws to the front chop anymore, and while you unscrew the handles the front remains stationary. In reality, this means nothing more than the fact that you have to pull it away from the back by hand – a very minor inconvenience.

Thanks for the compliment, and you have a merry Christmas!

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Andre

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#3 posted 12-23-2017 06:41 AM

Sort of what I figured, looked at Kiefers quick release system but opted just to have face attached to hand wheels on my Moxon vise, so works great!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 12-23-2017 12:02 PM

Looks like a nicely built vise. If I’m understanding it, your problem with the handsrews and the keepers can be fixed by cutting new handscrews, and either you or your friend has a future project, which isn’t always a bad thing. And it sounds like it’s still a usable vise now, so I’m sure it’ll be appreciated.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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RLindberry

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#5 posted 12-23-2017 04:04 PM



Looks like a nicely built vise. If I m understanding it, your problem with the handsrews and the keepers can be fixed by cutting new handscrews, and either you or your friend has a future project, which isn t always a bad thing. And it sounds like it s still a usable vise now, so I m sure it ll be appreciated.

- Dave Polaschek

Dave,

You are correct – it won’t be a difficult fix. It is probably something he or I will do once he moves back up this way. For now, it clamps things really well, which is its intended purpose, so it will be fine.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Roy Lindberry

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