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Forum topic by tullochmurray posted 09-03-2013 06:20 PM 1883 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-03-2013 06:20 PM

Like so many of us, I’ve decided the price for the moxon is too dear for what it is. Wood I have on hand. Also have picked up the threaded rod. And I have a source for cast wheel handles, but I guess I’m too cheap to click the buy button. So i’ve decided to see if i can’t come up with a shop made alternative. I’ve looked at hundreds of google images for ideas – none seem to suit me.

So I’m stuck in some kind of visious decision / indecision loop and I’m getting nowhere. My latest solution is a copper pipe “T” fitting fixed to the end of the threaded rod to receive a traditional vise handle. The cross piece would slip as on a standard vice or be fixed and have a short handle on one end for quicker adjustments.

Be interested in hearing your thoughts. Or, would someone please tell me to stop thinking about it and just do it…

-- Tullochmurray

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#1 posted 09-03-2013 06:28 PM

I would think that the copper tee will be too soft to transmit enough torque to make the vise useful. A steel tee would be better.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 09-03-2013 06:34 PM

Can you get a piece of flat bar steel and tap it so it can go around the threads of what you have now and torque on that? Maybe another person knows a better alternative. Just a suggestion

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#3 posted 09-04-2013 12:14 AM

I built mine using a couple of press screws from Rockler:

At the time, they were on sale for $18 each, but even at $21.49 it’s still pretty affordable. Here’s how it turned out:

-- Tom Peterson, Omaha, NE

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#4 posted 09-04-2013 02:41 AM

Yea, copper is a bad idea. But it was shinny – I’m a sucker for shinny.

Tom, the post of your moxon project was one of the things that motivated me to get started on my own. Nicely done. I had considered sacrificing a couple old beat up pipe clamps, but I don’t think the rod is long enough. And I had considered the press screws. But I’m kind of liking this for $11 ea.

It’s 6” across which should provide plenty of leverage for tightening. And it comes threaded to fit the rod I already have on hand – which appeals to my cheapness. This vendor also has several types hand wheels, but while some of them a very nice, none are threaded (that I could see) and they are all more expensive. Especially to get to 6”.

So, at $11 each, I think I’m close to clicking buy.

Many of you are probably already aware of this site, but I just came across it recently – McMaster-Carr – I’ve only had a quick look, but they seem to be a great source for this sort of thing. Recently purchased a pulley from them for an old Delta jointer I’m refurbishing. Not positive it will fit perfectly yet, but for $5, I took a chance.

-- Tullochmurray

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#5 posted 09-04-2013 03:19 AM

You could make your own handles and epoxy a nut into it. I pray you break out of that viscous indecision loop ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 09-04-2013 02:44 PM

That 5/8”-11 thread will move a lot slower than the press screws, but if you can be happy with that speed,
or lack of it, it should work OK>

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 09-04-2013 03:53 PM

I’ve considered that and decided to go ahead anyway. So, every time I think to myself “why is this taking so long?”, I’ll remind myself that it’s slow because I’m cheap.

I suppose, if it becomes unbearable, I could drill out and re-thread the handles and switch out the rods.

But I have more patience than money. I’ve made my peace with it.

-- Tullochmurray

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#8 posted 09-05-2013 01:34 AM

Click for details

Or you could make it like mine. And use your cordless drill.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 10-22-2013 05:52 AM

I am definitely an advocate of using what you have available.

I would make a few wooden handles, and pin them to the allthread. A simple solution, but it works.

Alternately, you could grind or file a flat on the end of the allthread and use a set screw with something like a pulley or similar.

The long and short of it is you get a good vise out of it, and sooner than later.

-- We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. . .

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