A New Spin on the Moxon Vise

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Project by HighRockWoodworking posted 11-06-2011 01:39 AM 9115 views 28 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have wanted to build a Moxon Vise for a while now but could not decide on the hardware. The Woodcraft hardware is great but I was not ready to spend the money when I felt that there were options out there. Chris Schwarz’s treaded wood rod is another option that has become very popular. Deciding to go my own route I headed down to the hardware store and picked up a 3/4” stainless steel treaded rod, 6 nuts, and 4 washers.

I embedded the nut inside of the handle so that I had smooth action while tightening. The end result is that it works great. There are a few modifications I am probably going to make such as adding a small crank knob on each handle. Another adjustment I will make is shorting the rods by treading them out the back side, so far they have not gotten in the way but I just don’t think that I need the 3 1/2” inside clearance that I currently have all of the time.

-- Chris Adkins,

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#1 posted 11-06-2011 01:55 AM

Very nice…. when what is out there doesn’t work, forge your own way ahead! That’s how its’ done!

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#2 posted 11-06-2011 03:07 AM

Nice. Looks good from here:-))

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

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#3 posted 11-06-2011 03:18 AM

Looks great Chris ,a very useful vise. Well done.

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#4 posted 11-06-2011 04:00 AM

Very cool. Are the handles made out of wenge?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 11-06-2011 05:25 AM

Thanks for the complements guys, much appreciated.

Brandon, yes the handles are wenge. I like the wenge for the handles because it is heavy and strong, the extra weight helps them to free spin faster. I have a lot of video that I shot while making vise, but need to edit it before posting to my blog, but the handles spin very free and fast, which makes adjustment easy.

-- Chris Adkins,

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#6 posted 11-06-2011 03:13 PM

That is a very well engineered vise.

I like your web site too.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 11-06-2011 05:17 PM

What a beautiful vise. It’s great to see the low-cost version of this vise is catching on and working well in your shop.

-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA

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#8 posted 11-06-2011 09:14 PM

3/4” stainless steel treaded rod – What did that run you, about $200? Man SS is expensive!

Nice vise!

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#9 posted 11-06-2011 10:00 PM

Chuck, picked up the treaded rod at Home Depot for about $10. It is possible that it is only a coating but didn’t say that on the label. Either way it works great and is very smooth.

-- Chris Adkins,

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#10 posted 11-07-2011 06:25 AM

Nice looking vise and very well done , the hand wheels lock great .
Hope you enjoy this great piece you built .


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#11 posted 11-11-2011 04:43 AM

A very nice vice. I just made myself one a few days ago and I love it. I found that after I waxed the threads and lightly heated them with a torch, my hand wheels really spun faster.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#12 posted 11-11-2011 05:05 AM

Thanks Dave, I just checked out you Moxon and it looks great! Thanks for the idea of the wax and heat, I will try it. I did polish the threads a little with my dremal to make sure they didn’t have any burrs or rough spot. They are really smooth but a little wax won’t hurt anything.

-- Chris Adkins,

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#13 posted 11-23-2011 07:00 AM

Don’t share your passion for Wenge. Every time I hear the word, a splinter instantly pops into mind. Beautiful, but problematic. What size threaded rods did you go with? Do they feel like they’ll hold up as well as larger ones? I’m wanting to do a similar one and am looking for trials. The wooden ones don’t seem like they’d work long term. I’d imagine the threads could wear fast with the abuse a vice takes.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#14 posted 04-15-2016 05:53 AM

Nice idea! I myself have looked at many DIY moxon vises for an idea about how to build a few for my shop but it seems that all I looked at were so damn fancy and or elaborate that it just didn’t make me want to follow through with doing them. However your idea here is just the ticket! Nice but not something that appears like an architect drew it out or one that is literally 500% over kill so to speak. Appreciate your posting it!

BTW, I looked at your website and read the post you had about your mother while viewing the URN you built for her to rest in. My mother died 2 years ago & still rests in the plastic container she was returned to me in. If you don’t mind I’d like to copy / use your idea to build my mother one just like it… I have a question about it though, what is the extra (empty) space used for?

Thanks again for your posting of your vice.

-- EdwardNorton

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