Moxon Vise

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Project by Woodenwizard posted 351 days ago 2107 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished my Moxon vise. It was simple to do and the Benchcrafted parts were first quality. It is made from some Koa I picked up at a garage sale. Now that I have a Moxon vise I need the moxie to try some hand cut dove tails. I don’t think they will be as easy.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#1 posted 351 days ago

I want one really bad. Can I have yours?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 351 days ago

Very nice job on the vise!

On a side note, filed under words I never thought to hear. “Koa picked up at a garage sale”

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#3 posted 351 days ago

John, Garage Sale Koa!!!! Only you would find that. Nice vise. You have the Moxie and the patience to do the dove tails…..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 351 days ago

Excellent work, John. That curly koa looks amazing (hopefully you have some more for boxes and the like). Is it lined with leather or something? The benchcrafted hardware should be great, too. I really want to build one myself, as I hunch over dovetails constantly. How does it attach to the bench? Someday I’d like to go check out your shop for inspiration.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#5 posted 351 days ago

Max; Didn’t know much about koa when I picked up three 8/4×6 x 84” boards at a garage sale. A luck find. They have some nail holes in them but they have a nice look. Not sure what I will do with the rest. Maybe a serving tray with hand cut dovetails.

bobasaurus; The movable jaw is lined with suede and it really provides a very secure hold with only a little pressure. It attaches to the bench with bench dogs. But I have also used bar clamps at each end. It would be great to get together and share ideas and experiences.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#6 posted 351 days ago

“It is made from some Koa I picked up at a garage sale.” are you kidding me?

I’ve scored some good finds but never anything like this, although I did pick up some firewood and as I was spliting the largest chunk, three embedded splitting wedges came tumbling out from being embedded inside the trunk piece. But Great find on your part.

As for your other project, A Few More Wine Balancers, I am amazed that you cut those out on a scroll saw. I liked the design, but I thought there were either painter or burned in. Great Job!

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#7 posted 350 days ago

That’s artwork in and of itself. Gorgeous piece of wood. Nice job on the vise.

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#8 posted 350 days ago

Nice job. I need to add suede to mine – which is not nearly as nice as yours. Well done.

-- Tom Peterson, Omaha, NE

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#9 posted 350 days ago

Hi john
Nice looking addition to your workshop and I hope to see the first project made with this soon .
Have a great day trying out the new vise and don’t damage it it’s sooo nice

-- Kiefer 松

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#10 posted 350 days ago

one of these is on my to do list. Now to find some garage sale Koa. Hell, if I’m gonna dream why not some garage sale benchcraft hardware as well?

Nice job.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#11 posted 350 days ago

Very nice and heavy duty vise. It can double as a torture device. :)


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#12 posted 350 days ago

Like others have already said, I just can’t believe that I read “garage sale” and “koa” in the same sentence. That thing looks amazing.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#13 posted 347 days ago

That’s the most beautiful vise I’ve ever seen. Wow! I wouldn’t wanna scratch that. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#14 posted 347 days ago

Really Nice Moxon. Dovetails aren’t that hard, but they sure look like it to people that don’t dovetail.

I want to know where you find your garage sales ;)

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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