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Mini bench wiith a moxon vice

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Project by Dave posted 995 days ago 6188 views 14 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bench was built to get my joinery up to a level so I can see it better. It is made of 2 boards 28 by 18 glued together. The legs are doweled in the lower board. and fully morticed on the stretchers and feet. The skirt is all red oak as well as the moxin vice. Now for a little on the vice. Total cost on hardware $7.56. I got at a box store. Benchcraft’s hardware $130.00. And with the holidays coming there is no way I could buy that and the wife not snap.

The nuts for the 5/8 all thread and were fully morticed into the face of the vice.

The face and base were glued together then doweled with 5 1/2 oak dowels.

Placing vise to mark the 3/4 hole for attachment to bench.

Making the large wood nuts. I morticed the nuts between 2 – 1 inch pieces of red oak.

I made some brackets for the nuts on the rear of the face to hold them still.

Gluing the wood nuts.

Now Swirt had a cool little clamp device for his bench that i borrowed.

Just glue some 3/4 dowel into your clamps and they will grab any weird shape.

I used 4-1/4 inch dowels on the nuts to be sure they were solid. I waxed the all-thread and man the nuts will fly with a one hand spin. She will hold 14 inches between the all-thread and will open 8 inches.
The best part is not I have a light weight bench I can toss in the truck;)
Thanks to William for the wood.
Popular woodworking for the bench
Swirt for the clamp idea
Moxin for the vice
and you guys for reading my babble ;)
The vice holds tight!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com





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NormG

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#1 posted 995 days ago

Great vice. I can see where these would really come in handy

-- Norman

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Dave

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#2 posted 995 days ago

Thank you NormG

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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StumpyNubs

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#3 posted 995 days ago

Somebody’s been raiding my clamp rack- Harbor Freights and Irwins!

How did you get a grass floor in your workshop? And you’d have a lot more room if you moved that camper outside!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 995 days ago

looks great from here!!

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

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Dave

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#5 posted 995 days ago

We can share cant we StumpyNubbs. You are funny, we are going to get along just fine.

Topa long time no see. I hope all is well.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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JJohnston

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#6 posted 995 days ago

Everybody seems to be building a Moxon vise right now, including me. This is exactly how I did mine, except I welded the nut and rod together for the one inside the handwheel. I even made the same “nutplates” you did on the back.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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Dave

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#7 posted 995 days ago

In all truthfulness JJohnston, I built the bench with intentions of just using clamps. But I soon tired of needing a third hand.Thus the moxin. Did you post yours?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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JJohnston

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#8 posted 995 days ago

Mine’s not finished yet, plus I haven’t taken any assembly pictures, plus it’s strictly utilitarian-looking (meaning it has glue squeezeout on it).

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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ratchet

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#9 posted 995 days ago

Nice Moxon clamp.
Quick question: maybe i missed it but what keeps the nut (frontside in the wood nut) from turning on the allthread?

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Dave

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#10 posted 994 days ago

JJohnston, utilitarian is fine. I would still like to see a picture.
rachet, lets see if I understand. The all thread is 5/8 and that is the hole I drilled in the nut. I then morticed a hex hole for the metal nut to sit inside the wood nut. The drilled hole is just big enough not to have friction on the all thread. I could of made it bigger but to me it would have looked sloppy. With 2 metal nuts in the vice the all tread doesn’t move unless I turn it by hand on purpose.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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SASmith

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#11 posted 994 days ago

Great show and tell.
I have been wanting to build one of these.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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Dave

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#12 posted 994 days ago

Thank you SASmith

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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JJohnston

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#13 posted 994 days ago

Ratchet, I welded the nut to the allthread (essentially making a bolt) before I buried it in a double thickness of hickory for my handwheels. Both thicknesses got a hexagonal hole chiseled, to a depth of half the thickness of the nut, and one also got a 3/4” hole drilled on through for the allthread to stick out. Here’s mine. You can see I haven’t turned the crank handles for the handwheels yet. The handwheels and nutplates on the back are hickory, and the jaws are poplar (very mineral stained poplar at that).



-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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Dave

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#14 posted 994 days ago

JJohnston, she is a very nice moxin. Now you have me rethinking my design. hmmmmmm. And popular will make for a softer jaw. Great work. Thank you for posting your vice.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#15 posted 993 days ago

JJ and Super – both are exceptional! If I go the Moxon route, it certainly will be along the way you guys have done it vs. wooden screws. Thanks for posting.

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

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