A Benchtop Bench (Moxon Vise?)

  • Advertise with us
Project by Tinnocker posted 1238 days ago 12331 views 65 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
A Benchtop Bench (Moxon Vise?)
A Benchtop Bench (Moxon Vise?) No picture No picture No picture No picture No picture
Zoom Pictures

I just finished my Moxon style bench-top bench. I got the plans from Fine Woodworking March, April 2005. It has mortise and Tenon construction 1/4” bed type bolts holding it together. I made the clamp screw out of 3/4-10 all thread with 3/4 in dowel for the handle and a 1/2” pipe TEE for the head. I drilled out the straight part to 13/16

” and just force threaded the TEE on to the all thread. Then I held it on with a cotter pin. I inlet-ted 3/4” flat washers to hold the 3/4-10 half couplings in the vise with some screws and did the same to the face piece. I used recycled 2X4s and other scrounged material to build this, all told I spent 10 dollars and 3 days building it. It clamps like a dream, now I have to learn how to make dovetails. I want to make some fancy boxes to sell at the flea market and at craft shows.

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

20 comments so far

View mafe's profile (online now)


9483 posts in 1714 days

#1 posted 1237 days ago

Impossible not to love this tiny bench.
Really well done.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

View Chris Moellering's profile

Chris Moellering

224 posts in 1273 days

#2 posted 1237 days ago

Bench on a bench….does that make it a meta-bench?

Nice job.

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

View poopiekat's profile (online now)


3584 posts in 2359 days

#3 posted 1237 days ago

Do you clamp this down to your standard workbench? I like the idea of using 3/4X10 threaded rod! This looks like the way to go when hand-cutting dovetails. Wow, I never heard of a vise/clamping system that sits on top of the bench, what a great idea!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

View Bricofleur's profile


1124 posts in 1817 days

#4 posted 1237 days ago

Nice benchtop tool. A good way to save your back. I remember having seen the article and video by Jeff Miller. I’m sure you’ll love it.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

View Ken90712's profile


14878 posts in 1813 days

#5 posted 1237 days ago

Now this is very cool! A must have no doubt!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

View chrisstef's profile


10620 posts in 1631 days

#6 posted 1237 days ago

The mini-me of work benches … how can you not like this. I want one !

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

View bigike's profile


4031 posts in 1913 days

#7 posted 1237 days ago

saweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet very nice idea.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

View ChuckM's profile


497 posts in 2291 days

#8 posted 1237 days ago

Great execution, Ted. I liked your emphasis on the use of scraps (“I used recycled 2X4s and other scrounged material to build this, all told I spent 10 dollars and 3 days building it.”).

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

View blackcherry's profile


3153 posts in 2447 days

#9 posted 1237 days ago

So cool, made one myself and this week-end Jeff Miller the author of this bench is hosting the Lie Nielson traveling road show at his studio in Rogers Park a suburb of Chicago. Nice work on your bench enjoy using…BC

View DIYaholic's profile


13249 posts in 1299 days

#10 posted 1237 days ago

If you water it and give it fertilizer, will it grow into a full size bench? It is a tree right, OK, was a tree!

I can see that being used for a “Traveling Show”! ie: career day at school, lesssons at local clubs & organizations, by a “infommercial” seller of WW supplies at the couny fair!

Actually I like your work, very good in a small shop.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

View DanK's profile


10 posts in 1292 days

#11 posted 1237 days ago

Here’s the link to the article / PDF you can read without signing up:

View Smitty_Cabinetshop's profile


9759 posts in 1243 days

#12 posted 1237 days ago

Very nice, I’m like everyone else – I want one too! So when do we get action shots posted with this tool in use? Congrats.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile


14721 posts in 2300 days

#13 posted 1237 days ago

It is impossible to not love it! What is the thread size on the rod?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View Paulo in Texas's profile

Paulo in Texas

131 posts in 1313 days

#14 posted 1237 days ago

This is an impressive looking vise. I have one of the old tabletop Workmates that they don’t make anymore, but I may have to replace it with one of these.

@ DanK, thanks for the download link.

View ladiesman217's profile


74 posts in 1839 days

#15 posted 1237 days ago

Yo dawg, I heard you like benches, so I put a bench in your bench to put your bench on your bench. That’s a pretty sweet bench. I think it would fit people of short stature like myself fairly well.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

showing 1 through 15 of 20 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase