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First Moxon Vice

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Project by SubmarineChief posted 09-17-2018 08:31 AM 884 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first Moxon Vice. I have several metal vices which work great but are too small to securely hold bigger work pieces. I have some Purple Heart left over from this years Chief Transition so I decided to use some for this project. I used MDF as the clamp faces and the “anvil” base plate which I use to place other tools during use. I chose MDF because it is soft enough to prevent damaging the clamped piece and strong enough with hardwood backing to not break under pressure. I used rubber drawer liner for the clamp faces and to provide a non-slip surface to the horizontal base plate. This stuff works pretty good for this application. I milled a small Mango log to make the handles. By the way, Mango smells great once a 3/4”, 3 TPI blade digs into it! The two 5/8” bolts are from some old coil over spring compressors I had laying around since forever. I hope to get years of use from this vice! Thanks for viewing.

-- Underway under nuclear power!





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Oldtool

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#1 posted 09-17-2018 12:27 PM

Nice design and build, those are some real torquing arms on there. I like the drawer liner on the faces, made my Moxon without something like this and slipping has been an issue to the point where I was ready to scrap it. Going to steal this idea if you don’t mind, thanks.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 09-17-2018 01:04 PM

This is an outstanding shop made vise.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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bbain32

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#3 posted 09-17-2018 07:15 PM

Are the handles removable or adjustable? Won’t they be in the way sometimes depending on what you have clamped in the vice?

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 09-17-2018 08:05 PM

Brings new meaning to “twin screw” a perfect choice for a submariner. You could just about walk to that thing with the lights out it’s so bright with that PH. Not a choice for me though, I’d cringe every time I hit it, on purpose or not.

Looks plenty functional though, and that matters most. I’ve seen the MDF used inner jaw before, but have never heard a feedback report to see if it holds up to actual use. It does make sense when you sound it out, but you know sometimes a great idea is a flop in practice.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 09-17-2018 08:08 PM


Are the handles removable or adjustable? Won t they be in the way sometimes depending on what you have clamped in the vice?

- bbain32

I’m not sure about everyone, but I stand near a Moxon, but certainly not against it, so I could use this, I would have a problem if the blades were up as they are in the pic, but if you had them turned horizontal, all would be good with me. YMMV?

I think the bigger problem with some Moxon’s is overcome here. I’ve seen many with wheels, or handles so small it would be difficult for my big paws to turn them. 1st order of business is you gotta get it tight to use it.

-- Think safe, be safe

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SubmarineChief

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#6 posted 09-17-2018 09:50 PM

Thank you! And no, I don’t mind at all. That is all I do is look for new ideas to use.


Nice design and build, those are some real torquing arms on there. I like the drawer liner on the faces, made my Moxon without something like this and slipping has been an issue to the point where I was ready to scrap it. Going to steal this idea if you don t mind, thanks.

- Oldtool


-- Underway under nuclear power!

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SubmarineChief

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#7 posted 09-17-2018 09:51 PM

Thank you very much!


This is an outstanding shop made vise.

- helluvawreck


-- Underway under nuclear power!

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SubmarineChief

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#8 posted 09-17-2018 09:53 PM

So far, so good. They are permenantly attached to the turning bolts. When I have a piece that overhangs the clamping face, I turn the handles horizontal for extra clearance. Good point though. Detachable clamps are a good idea.


Are the handles removable or adjustable? Won t they be in the way sometimes depending on what you have clamped in the vice?

- bbain32


-- Underway under nuclear power!

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SubmarineChief

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#9 posted 09-17-2018 09:59 PM


Are the handles removable or adjustable? Won t they be in the way sometimes depending on what you have clamped in the vice?

- bbain32

I m not sure about everyone, but I stand near a Moxon, but certainly not against it, so I could use this, I would have a problem if the blades were up as they are in the pic, but if you had them turned horizontal, all would be good with me. YMMV?

I think the bigger problem with some Moxon s is overcome here. I ve seen many with wheels, or handles so small it would be difficult for my big paws to turn them. 1st order of business is you gotta get it tight to use it.

- therealSteveN


I thought about using the wheel idea, but realized that those are a pain in the butt when trying to apply leverage on the clamping force. I hate having to do all of that twisting also. I can spin these handles with an index finger each and get them plenty tight on a piece. Thank you for your feedback!

-- Underway under nuclear power!

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Grumpy

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#10 posted 09-19-2018 11:17 PM

Chief , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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SubmarineChief

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#11 posted 09-20-2018 08:03 AM



Chief , nice job and congratulations on your Daily Top 3 award.

- Grumpy


Thank you, I really appreciate it. I’m learning!

-- Underway under nuclear power!

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bushmaster

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#12 posted 09-21-2018 02:07 PM

The nicest one I have every seen. Simply beautiful

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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SubmarineChief

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#13 posted 09-25-2018 06:23 AM



The nicest one I have every seen. Simply beautiful

- bushmaster


Thank you Bushmaster! I’m putting it to the test now working on my next project. Thing is a brick s%^$house!

-- Underway under nuclear power!

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