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Moxon style vise (on the cheap)

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Project by bhartger posted 04-02-2012 10:39 PM 3249 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been getting into hand tools much more this year and after reading Chris Scwarz’s “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” I have decided to build one of my own. But lacking the capability to hold panels that large to dovetail, I decided to build a Moxon style vise. I do not have the cash for the nice Benchcrafted hardware though. So I used two veneer press screws and a little from the scrap wood pile. With the hold fasts it holds rock solid to the bench. Can hold just over 1 3/4 inch thick and 27” between the screws. I will probably make one with nicer wood later, but this should work for the project. Total cost about $45.





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OldKranky

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#1 posted 04-03-2012 01:06 AM

Great job! Where did you purchase the press screws? I would like to build one too.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Better looking at it than for it....

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Brandon

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#2 posted 04-03-2012 01:18 AM

I made mine with press screws as well. I think they work great and are LOADS cheaper than the benchcrafted hardware.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57704

Kranky, you can get the press screws from Lee Valley. I’ve also seen them at my local Ace hardware and at Highland Woodworking in Atlanta.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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whitewulf

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#3 posted 04-03-2012 01:41 AM

bhartger,

great vise, easy & simple, 1 3/4” is plenty of capacity.
Could gain a little by Sinking the nuts into the backside.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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bhartger

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#4 posted 04-03-2012 01:50 AM

I got the veneer press screws at the Rockler. They were about $20 each, the only other hardware were the washers to go between the handles and the front of the vise. Wish I had done this long ago. The high dollar hardware may look nicer, but this works great.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 04-03-2012 03:07 AM

I actually prefer the look of the press screws. Ditto, too, on recessing the nuts as an idea. Well done, and congrats!

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

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MedicineMan

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#6 posted 04-03-2012 03:58 PM

Like Smitty said…...that’s the way mine is gonna get built. Thanks for the good ideas and great post.

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trydntru

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#7 posted 04-03-2012 05:21 PM

If you’ve got someone close who is a Shopfox rep they have screws that are close to 12” long. I can’t remember the exact length, sorry. They also have a nice handle that will pass through the shaft, like a vise handle. I’ve used them for several jigs and they work fantastically.

-- It's GOOD to be King-Mel Brooks

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caocian

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#8 posted 04-03-2012 09:12 PM

You could add a little more capacity if you drilled and counter sunk a hole on the back side so you could flip the flange so the stem pointed inward instead of out. I’m sure you’ll want more than 1 3/4” at some point. Good luck.

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Enoelf

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#9 posted 04-04-2012 03:14 PM

Super cool setup! This would be a faboo addtion to anyone’s shop!
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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BigTiny

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#10 posted 04-05-2012 10:57 AM

Want to go even cheaper? Sink a half inch nut into the rear board and epoxy in place. Get a half inch bolt of the needed length and a matching washer. Grab your ratchet and a half inch socket and you’re in business. Total cost? Under ten bucks, not including the ratchet and socket of course.

Paul

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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