Moxon Mini-Bench

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Project by RaggedKerf posted 03-20-2013 10:35 PM 2591 views 10 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This here’s a little Moxon vise attached to a mini-bench I built with an oak stair tread and 4×4 cutoffs for legs (with one leg made of a couple of 2×4s screwed together). To make the vise, I used threaded rod and nuts and washers embedded in poplar. I then tightened the nuts against each other and locked the “handles” in place. Same technique I used on my leg vise for the main bench.

I haven’t used it yet, but in the picture you can see it’ll get the job done despite only costing about $6 in hardware and the rest was all scrap.

It stands about 12” high and is about 28” long with an effective clamping area just about 20” in length. Solid as all get out and fun to build.

To see all the pictures (there’s lots!) and read the details, check out my blog.

Thanks for looking!

-- Steve

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#1 posted 03-21-2013 02:04 AM

Nice! I think it turned out great!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 03-21-2013 01:24 PM


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#3 posted 03-21-2013 03:48 PM

Thanks guys! I should have a chance to take it for a test drive in a few hours.

-- Steve

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#4 posted 03-24-2013 05:31 AM

Very Nice. I am always looking for ways to bring the work to me rather than bending over to the work. This would be great for dovetail cutting and assembly of small projects.

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#5 posted 03-25-2013 03:13 PM

Thanks John. It does indeed work great. Very stable clamped to the bench and with those 4×4 legs it’s nice and sturdy. I was able to get some nice crisp dovetails (my best yet). My next task will be to cut a few dog holes and figure out how to clamp stuff from the middle instead of the sides.

-- Steve

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#6 posted 04-04-2013 04:51 AM

Thanks for posting! I’m researching moxon vises. Thx again !

-- Liggy, at

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