Best way to join two boards lengthwise @ 90 degrees?

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Forum topic by Jaepheth posted 02-23-2014 04:44 AM 7364 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2014 04:44 AM

I’m building a moxon vise, and I need to join two boards together to form the base:

What would the best method be?
I originally was thinking dovetails, but with the grain running like that would a doweled joint work better?

With the brace screwed in as shown will it matter much?

These are the options I’ve thought up so far:

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#1 posted 02-23-2014 10:07 AM

I did a Google search on ’’ Moxon vice” looks nobody’s using any exotic joinery.

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#2 posted 02-23-2014 03:07 PM

The dovetails would look nice, but like AKGuy just showed, doesn’t look like it’s too fancy of a joint. Maybe just glue and screw. Got a pocket hole jig?

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#3 posted 02-23-2014 03:08 PM

wood glue and pocket screws hidden in the back would be my vote.

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#4 posted 02-23-2014 03:27 PM

I would use the wood only option as drawn. Maybe add some screws and plugs.

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#5 posted 02-23-2014 11:46 PM

I’ve never seen one of these before. Thanks for the Info “Jae”.

I’d go with “madts” on the this one. Wood Only with Screws & Plugs. I don’t THINK you are gaining anything by the more Complex Joinery.

But! It’s YOUR Vise and if you don’t do it the way you think is bet …. You’ll Hate Yourself for the Rest Of Your Life!!....LOL…


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#6 posted 02-24-2014 12:11 AM

Hey Jae,

I would only use the “glue only” option if you go with an L shaped base. I would not use the bevel option at all. I think that is far weaker than any of the other options and is 100% reliant on the holding power of the glue. The other joints all have a mixture of physical joining and glue strength and would serve you well. The question is whether the effort is worth it.

As Rick pointed out, it is your vise and you can make it as simple or complex as you like. Other than the bevel option you illustrated, I don’t think that you can go wrong.

When I made mine, I omitted any L shaped base entirely, though I did make mine thicker (1 3/4ths inches). Here is LumberJocks Project link: I did glue a brace on the back, but that was more to secure the platform to the Moxon vise. I haven’t used it enough to determine whether that was a good decision or not, but so far no problems. Ask me in a few months and I’ll have a better answer regarding the suitability of my approach.

Here are some projects that were an inspiration to me and well worth taking a look at:

CL810's Moxon Vise
Andy Bronell's Moxon Vise
Cecil Rogers' Moxon Vise
Lysdexic's Moxon Vise

Good luck


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