|Project by DHS||posted 10-25-2011 06:04 AM||9400 views||55 times favorited||15 comments|
I had been looking for a double-screw vise for my work bench but did not feel like paying $239.00 for the Lee-Valley version. The Moxon vise described by Christopher Schwarz in his Popular-Woodworking blog looked interesting, but required a $50.00 wood-treading kit. The Benchcrafted version of this vise sells for $339, really pricey for such a simple-looking vise. This is my ten-dollar version. (Actually, $11.85 in hardware after including sales tax.) I used 3/4” threaded rod and a few nuts, some old 7/4” oak I had lying around in the shop, and scrap pieces of cherry for the handwheels. One nut goes into a mortise and the other screws in behind the back jaw to hold each of the threaded rods in place. I cut the hand wheels on a bandsaw. I used epoxy to fix nuts into centered mortises in the handwheels and these stand a little proud of the wheels. The vise is shown mounted flush with the bench, but it can be flipped upside down to elevate the vise and the work above the benchtop. A video of the Benchcrafted version of the Moxon vise in action can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/user/Benchcrafted#p/u/0/UmYuEVXLxdo
I am now a happy clamper.
-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA