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Project by Brandon posted 979 days ago 4193 views 22 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I’ve jumped on the hand tools bandwagon, I’ve found myself in dire need of various workbench accessories, let alone a new workbench. Here’s one of the first projects I’ve built to help me use my tools more efficiently: a Moxon vise. There have been some great versions of this type of vise on Lumberjocks already, and so search around the site if you’re interested in building one. The basic advantage is that it helps raise the workpiece to a higher level to make it easier to do detailed work such as cutting dovetails.

Overall dimensions 32” x 6” using two 8/4 piece of red oak. It can hold a board up to 20 1/2” wide and 3 1/2” thick. For the screw mechanism I used the Jorgeson press screws available from Highland Hardware for 16.99 (See photo #2). The other photos show how I currently attach it to my sorry excuse for a bench, and some examples of how it could be used. For more on this project and how it was constructed, see my recent blog post.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"





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DaddyZ

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#1 posted 979 days ago

This Looks So Cool, So many Ideas on Here(LJ’s) !!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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QuickWay

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#2 posted 979 days ago

Brandon,

I really really like what you have come up with. Thank you for sharing this. It’s sweet.

-- Bill Native Texan

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 979 days ago

This is on my build list. Love the choice of hardware in particular.

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

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Brandon

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#4 posted 979 days ago

Smitty, the hardware isn’t as pretty as the Benchcrafted kit, but it’s 1/4 of the price and easier to install. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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schuft

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#5 posted 979 days ago

Pretty is as pretty does. Great job.

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#6 posted 979 days ago

Nice idea for a wide vise. Nice job.

-- LIVE, LAUGH, CUT WOOD.

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KenOfCary

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#7 posted 979 days ago

I like it. The only improvement I would make to the design is to make the front chop 1/2” wider than the back one with the extra 1/2” on the bottom. With the vise fully closed, that would allow you to use the front edge of your workbench to register the vise when clamping it in place. But what you have there should work great, this would just be a convenience feature.

- Ken.

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#8 posted 979 days ago

Looks good, may it serve you well.

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Brandon

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#9 posted 978 days ago

Thanks for the suggestion, Ken. I hadn’t thought of that, but I think it’d work well.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Brit

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#10 posted 978 days ago

Nice job Brandon. You can’t beat a nice twin screw.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Brandon

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#11 posted 978 days ago

Thanks Andy. I wonder if anyone has tried building one of these things using the Veritas Twin Screw vise—if that’s even possible.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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bvdon

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#12 posted 955 days ago

I really like this and I just happen to have that hardware sitting in a drawer right now. I smell a project coming on!

-- http://woodwork.me

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Brandon

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#13 posted 955 days ago

I say go for it! The only real change I would make would be to make a section on the inner chop extended on the sides for better clamping with an F clamp. If you choose to attach it to your workbench using holdfasts, than this doesn’t really matter.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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