Mitch's Moxon Vise - Reinventing the Handwheel

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Project by Furnitude posted 02-20-2012 03:03 PM 10464 views 24 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m not sure if Christopher Schwarz inspired a craze or a hysteria when he wrote about the Moxon vise, but it is safe to say that Moxon-mania has spread throughout the land. Check out Schwarz’s blog for the history of the vise. My version is made of 1 ¾”-thick ash. The handwheels are cherry with a walnut stripe and walnut wedges. They work like a charm. I’ll post a video soon of the vise in use.

P.S. Don’t judge my messy workbench.

I also posted this on my blog Furnitude:

-- Mitch, Also blog at

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#1 posted 02-20-2012 03:31 PM

You just had to do that, didn’t you. Now everything else will look ugly to me! Very nice:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 02-20-2012 03:34 PM

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#3 posted 02-20-2012 04:13 PM

Wow…That is beautiful!!! Great work!

-- Jason K

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#4 posted 02-20-2012 04:23 PM

A very nice vice with a lot of moxie :))

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 02-20-2012 04:35 PM

Those are some awesome looking wheels!

-- Brian Timmons -

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#6 posted 02-20-2012 06:39 PM

Now I really like this! Did you order the all thread from somewhere or did you reuse it from somewhere else. I have some old C clamps I was considering using…

Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 02-20-2012 07:07 PM

Looks like a real knuckle buster, with that screw sticking out like that.

nice work on the wheel….....

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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#8 posted 02-21-2012 03:05 AM

Great work on that handwheel Furn! I have been thinking about the moxon for some time now as well, but in my imagination, I have thought about fusing the nut to the acme threaded rod on the handwheel side and then using another nut at the other end mounted to the underside of the bench. The entire rod would spin with the handwheel, in and out of the other nut. No knuckle buster or belly gouger ;)

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#9 posted 02-21-2012 03:43 AM

Yes some caps on the end of the rods would look good along with those beautiful hand wheels.
Now I have to come up with something better then my old hand wheels on my table saw.
Great job !


-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 02-21-2012 08:38 AM

great work … looking good too :-)
thanks for sharing

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#11 posted 02-21-2012 01:22 PM

i had been wondering about turned hand wheels, and i was going to post a question to find out if anyone had made any…..THANKS for saving me the time. Now i know they DO exist and better yet, you have given me some great ideas for how to make them look cool as well!

Good job and well made,

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#12 posted 02-21-2012 03:19 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. I just posted a video showing how I install the Moxon vise on my bench and how the handwheels work:

-- Mitch, Also blog at

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#13 posted 02-21-2012 07:40 PM

Good job on this. I admire your hand wheels. Very classy.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 02-22-2012 02:01 PM

Very nice handwheels

It seems you have solved the problem of your post :

“using a router to cut a segmented ring”.

I nevertheless have made suggestions on it for those of us who might be interested.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#15 posted 02-27-2012 08:34 AM

Where’s the dang “How To…”? Those are awesome!

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