Moxon Vise - Bench on Bench

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Project by jasondain posted 04-25-2013 02:21 PM 7423 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a moxon vise I built recently out of hard maple to help with some upcoming dovetail projects. I extended it past my original moxon plan to include a work surface as well as the vise. I find that this makes dovetailing and cutting any kind of joinery much easier as the working height is much better.

I measured from the point of my elbow to determine the height of the bench so that my arm would be the right angle for sawing. I used this measurement and my bench height to arrive at the final dimension. I sized it to allow for 16” between the screws as this is likely the largest thing I’ll make. If I end up making a dovetailed chest, I’ll make a quick two board moxon for that when the time comes. I purchased the 9” veneer press screws from Highland woodworking and used 3/4” stainless steel washers to apply even pressure from the screws. The “nut” from the press screw is countersunk into the back board and pulls the front of the vise in as the screws are tightened.

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#1 posted 04-25-2013 04:52 PM

Nice Job – Hope to copy this some time in the near future

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#2 posted 04-25-2013 05:26 PM

Great job on the mini beast! Should serve you well.

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

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#3 posted 04-27-2013 02:46 AM

Pretty cool. I need me one of these.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 04-29-2013 01:51 PM

That’s a serious and mean bench. Great set up and build.

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