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Project by BigEd posted 578 days ago 3031 views 17 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had to cut some half-blind dovetails in a drawer front for another project (a Christmas present) and used the face vise on my workbench. I realized how useful a Moxon vise would be for that and decided to build one. Incorporating ideas from several others I saw, this is made from 8/4 maple. I made the hardware myself and incorporated self-aligning washers. Seems to work pretty well!

-- BigEd, sawdust maker in Ohio

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#1 posted 578 days ago

Looks good Ed well done.

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#2 posted 578 days ago

Very nice. I particularly like the hardware.

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#3 posted 578 days ago

Nothing like having a good vise in the shop! I like the vise and the hardware! Very nice!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 577 days ago

Real nice work BigEd. Im starting to learn more and more about different vices and this one seems every adaptable as an add on to the bench.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 577 days ago

Very nice. Not too large for storing, but big enough to get the job done. Simple to set up with bench hooks too. Well designed.
Mind if I steal your design? Just being polite, I’m going to copy it anyway. Mind if I ask what size threaded rod you used? It’s hard to scale from the photos, but it looks like one inch.
Thanks for. Showing,

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#6 posted 577 days ago

Oldtool – no problem. I did use 1” acme threaded rod. The materials I used came from McMaster-Carr ( as shown below:
Catalog # Description Qty
91131A110 Self aligning washer 2
98935A862 1” Acme threaded rod 1
94815A111 Acme hex nut 4

The threaded rod comes in 3’ lengths, so you’ll have some extra. The nuts are coated in cosmolene or something, so they will need wire-brushed. I used 1/2” flat stock (because it was what I had) as the backer plates, drilled 1 1/64” holes, and welded on the hex nuts. I made a little jig out of scrap to locate the handles and welded on 3/4” bar stock to the other two nuts. Painted with two coats of Rustoleum hammered finish paint.
Measurements for the wood are based on the benchcrafted plan ( They use 3/4” threaded rod, so I had to make a few adjustments for 1” rod. The backer plates are mortised into the back of the vise 1/4” deep to prevent rotation.
I added the chamfer and lambs-tongue details based upon Chris Schwarz’ version. I do plan to add leather to the clamping faces. I designed it for 3” thick/24” wide clamping capacity.
Hope this information is helpful!

-- BigEd, sawdust maker in Ohio

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#7 posted 577 days ago

I really like the wing nut design. Well thought out.

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#8 posted 577 days ago

Great work! You can sell that hardware.

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#9 posted 577 days ago

I could make a few more sets if someone is interested.

-- BigEd, sawdust maker in Ohio

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#10 posted 577 days ago

One serious vice! I really like your wing nuts.
This should serve you for many years to come.

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#11 posted 577 days ago

I really like this. I might have to copy your idea. You weld the angled T-handles onto the nuts yourself too?

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#12 posted 577 days ago

Nevermind, I just read all of the comments. Great idea.

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

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#13 posted 577 days ago

just shows that your skills extend beyond the wood….well done and good idea….this is why I like LJ’s.

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#14 posted 577 days ago

This is great!

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#15 posted 577 days ago

That came out great BigEd!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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