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Project by cut3times posted 05-06-2011 09:28 PM 4231 views 15 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Christopher Schwarz was recently at our Woodworking Guild for a two day class. He brought and used his Moxon dovetail vise that he recently detailed in a Popular Woodworking issue. I decided to make me one after fighting the end vise on my bench. I am happy I did. It raises the work piece up and gives it a lot of support. It is made with walnut jaws and maple hand screws. I glued thin suede on the inside to help protect the work piece and give added grip.

Jerry

-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon





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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 05-06-2011 09:37 PM

Very neat and practicle.

I like shop made

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 05-06-2011 09:59 PM

neat nice idea. kinda like this.
http://www.finewoodworking.com/FWNPDFfree/011176038.pdf

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#3 posted 05-07-2011 04:28 AM

That is a nice wide vise and at the proper height for dovetailing! Thanks for sharing….........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 05-07-2011 06:09 AM

What’s your finished height and your height? I am thinking of doing this and would appreciate your input. Thanks.

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#5 posted 05-07-2011 02:56 PM

I really like the design of this vise, nice and big!! Looks like it would be real handy, too…

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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cut3times

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#6 posted 05-07-2011 03:16 PM

“kenn”, I am a smidgen below 6 foot (≈ 72”). The top of the vise is 39” from the floor. I place the work piece 2 ½” above the vise which is the length of my dovetail marker. This puts the top of the work piece 41 ½” above the floor. This is feels good for the amount of crouch in my stance.

Jerry

-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

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#7 posted 05-07-2011 07:40 PM

Wow, there is a lot of nice stuff coming out of that small basement shop.
Very nice job.

-- Chris, Hubertus, WI

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cut3times

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#8 posted 05-07-2011 10:49 PM

Here is a link to Chris’s vise. I did not realize this was online.

-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

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#9 posted 05-08-2011 12:33 AM

After watching the video and reading the your post, I am going to have to make one of these. How big are the threads?

Also, Moxon’s “Mechanick Exercises” can be downloaded from Google Books or purchased in hard copy reprint. Just sent a copy of the PDF to my Kindle to read.

http://books.google.com/books?id=t_IRCzjTf08C&printsec=frontcover&dq=Mechanick+Exercises&hl=en&ei=K8jFTYr7C46isAPyvrilAQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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cut3times

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#10 posted 05-08-2011 01:29 AM

Wayne the thread diameter is 1 1/2” with 6 threads per inch.

-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

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#11 posted 05-08-2011 01:30 AM

Thanks.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 05-08-2011 03:15 AM

I need one of these. How is the vise attached to the table? Is it easily removable?

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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cut3times

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#13 posted 05-08-2011 03:19 AM

wb8nbs, look close at the first picture. There are F-clamps on the back jaw on each end holding it to the bench.

-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

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#14 posted 05-08-2011 03:32 AM

Ah I see. Really simple then.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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WayneC

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#15 posted 05-08-2011 03:35 AM

wb8nbs,

The link above to Chris Schwarz’s vice has a video of it in operation. It is the post above my that has the link to the book in it. Worth viewing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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