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Project by PlanBWoodworks posted 04-13-2018 12:21 AM 1700 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a moxon style vise that I made for one of my workbenches. My quick release 12” vise is on my other bench, and while it is great, I wanted something with more capacity. I initially intended to use 3/4” all thread, but saw a video on YouTube where a lot of these barbells are 1” acme thread. Wally World had the barbells shown in the photo above for just under $7. I bought 2.

My initial intention was to have this vise be portable, but while working on it today, I realized I could actually turn my bench so that the short side was against the wall, and then I would have access to both long sides. In addition, it allowed me to add this vise as an end style vise.

Unfortunately, when I built this bench at the beginning of my love affair with woodworking, I did not ensure that the ends or sides (or the top for that matter) were flat. I had to do a little shimming to get the vise mounted properly. I the barbells are 12” long, and I did not want that long a bar sticking out, so I drilled holes with a Forstner bit that allows me to have about 4” of threaded rod recessed inside the bench top.

I used a forstner bit and a hole saw to counterbore a hole that allowed the locking knobs to be inset into the back of the rear jaw. Both jaws are 1 3/8” thick and 6” tall. The rear jaw is 30” wide and the front jaw is 24” wide. The jaws are ash finished with BLO. In its current configuration, I have about 5” of depth capacity. By turning the rods, I can add the 4” recessed in the bench top giving me a total of about 9” of capacity. Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 04-13-2018 01:34 AM

Wow. That will be handy. Well done.

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#2 posted 04-13-2018 01:51 AM

Very nicely constructed

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#3 posted 04-13-2018 01:57 AM

I’m really digging the barbell threads. That is a great solution for your moxon.
Well done.

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#4 posted 04-13-2018 06:51 AM

Definitely looks solid. Great job.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#5 posted 04-13-2018 11:24 AM

Excellent job, especially with the Wally World barbells!

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#6 posted 04-13-2018 11:36 AM

Good Job!

great idea on the barbells, I may have to give this a try.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#7 posted 04-13-2018 01:25 PM

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#8 posted 04-13-2018 02:28 PM

Oh man, what a great tip. I had heard of this way, but was planning to do a pipe clamp version. Simply because I didn’t know where to get the dumb bells like that. I had been watching CL and used exercise stores but they seemed more expensive than a pipe clamp. Wally for $7 sounds great! Thanks!

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#9 posted 04-13-2018 04:22 PM

That’s a beast of a bench and vises to boot, great job. Thanks for inspiring

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#10 posted 04-13-2018 04:42 PM

Great idea, nice looking vise! I was not aware of this solution and can really use this approach. Thanks for sharing!

-- Steve, Minneapolis area

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#11 posted 04-13-2018 04:49 PM

Ditto on the barbell tip kudos. Makes me want to do some shopping today!

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#12 posted 04-13-2018 11:25 PM

Solid

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#13 posted 04-14-2018 12:00 AM

Nice job finding the barbells. A lot cheaper than most vise screw kits. :-/

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#14 posted 04-14-2018 03:12 AM

Thanks all for the replies. I recently went through a bit of a slump. I wasn’t building anything that was really getting me excited to be in the shop. I realized that I needed to challenge myself.

I decided that I was going to start challenging myself in every project. Mortise and tenon, dovetails… I want to add something challenging to every project.

My first project in my new challenge is a Morris Chair. Knowing that this project was going to require a LOT of mortise and tenon joinery, I knew I needed a great vise.

Today, I milled all of the parts of the chair down to final dimensions and started cutting mortises. The vise worked beautifully. I couldn’t be more pleased. I am looking forward to many years of use.

Also, adding new challenges seems to have worked. I can’t wait to get in the shop tomorrow!

Thanks!

-- Why can’t I ever find my pencil???

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#15 posted 05-01-2018 07:57 PM

Okay, I am resurrecting this to ask a question. I followed through on buying those same dumbells, and I have the lumber picked to mill for this. Only thing I am not sure on is how exactly did you secure the “nuts” that you have recessed into the back jaw? I was thinking of tracing their pattern and making the hole match the near exact shape of the star nut, but is their an easier way? Yours is just in a round hole. Is it secure? Tons of epoxy? Hardware?

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