My Homemade Moxon Vise

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Project by gawthrrw posted 562 days ago 3830 views 21 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Howdy All,

Although I dont have my woodworking bench yet, I decided to build a Moxon vise so I would have something to clamp up my panels for the tool chest I am working on. I printed the directions for the Benchcrafted vise and was originally going to buy their hardware until I saw the price. Im not saying that its not worth it, but it was more than I could afford at the time. So I decided to try to come up with my own solution. I poked around on the internet and looked at various renditions of this vise made out of all kinds of different things. In the end I decided to buy a 1” threaded rod from Grainger( sorry I dont remember the number) as well as a pack of 5 nuts to fit.

Its made out of poplar, and I ended up having to laminate two 4/4 pieces to get the thickness I needed. I cut the threaded rod in two halves and used a 1 1/8” forstner bit on my drill press to make the holes. I then used my chisels and notched out the back of the vise to fit the nuts into. They were so tight that I didnt even need any epoxy.

The knobs were the hardest part. It took me quite a while to decided on what I wanted. I ended up literally carving them by hand. I first cut the white oak into 2×4 squares, then used the forstner bit to drill the hole for the rod through it. I then chiseled out one side to fit the nut into. After that I used a carving knife and shaped it to what you see in the picture. They are def not “good looking” but serve their purpose. I apologize that I only have the two pictures. I didnt take any while building it. Thanks for looking!

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#1 posted 562 days ago

great looking vise. its on my to do list for sure.

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#2 posted 562 days ago

That’s a pretty cool idea. i only have one question/ concern… how is it attached to your bench? it looks like its just clamped up there. my concern is that it won’t stay oriented to the bench if you try and torque something down on it. other than that its a great idea and gives me a possible solution to a problem similar to yours

-- there is always room for improvement.

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#3 posted 562 days ago

I love these kind of projects. A need was there and fulfilled without just going and buying it. Sometimes its because you can’t afford it, sometimes its just because you want to do it yourself!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -



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#4 posted 562 days ago

Fantastic job, would you feel like sharing some form of plans for this? Love the knobs you made. Funny you used Poplar laminated, did the same for my Pantorouter for the hardwood, laminated, to make 36mm thick, just under 1.5”.

Sweet job sir!

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#5 posted 562 days ago

Thanks everyone!

And adam, The front of the vise has about an 8th inch overhang on the bottom to sit flush to the table. With the two clamps holding it down it doesnt move at all. Even when I tighten it down real hard. There is a strip of wood on the back of the vise(not pictured) that is flush with the bottom, that way you can use it with holdfasts as well.

& Bravo, There are plans for this vise on the benchcrafted website. You can buy their hardware for it or make your own as I did. The Benchcrafted hardware is sweet looking but I figured once I get my bench built I wont be using this all the time so it didnt need to be too fancy.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#6 posted 562 days ago

I really like it. Grainger can be a lifesaver! Been look at vises myself….expensive.

-- Once in a man's life you should have a good dog, a good horse and a good woman. The trick is to get them all together at the same time



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#7 posted 562 days ago

Thanks gawth, I too am going to build a roubo bench, but was holding off for a system for mortise & tenons, now that the pantorouter is built I can do that, so need a quick/easy moxon vise option until the roubo gets built.

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#8 posted 562 days ago

I’ve been thinking about making a Moxon vise too, once I get my salvaged workbench done. That’s a good idea to use threaded rod and the nuts that go with it.

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#9 posted 562 days ago

Looks like you have a wood working bench, any the you can work with wood is, great job on the vice.

-- Mjones "Perfect inPerfections"

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#10 posted 562 days ago

Very well done! Working on a home made one myself. Good stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 561 days ago

Great work, I always love looking at homemade tools and jigs….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 561 days ago

I just finished one myself, don’t you just love the height on those. it’s really nice not have break your back whilst planning a board! Great job.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#13 posted 561 days ago

That is awesome. Very well done.

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#14 posted 559 days ago

Genius! Now I have to make one….

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