Make It - Moxon Vise

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Introduction: Make It - Moxon Vise

About: https://www.youtube.com/dustinpenner1

I decided to finally add a proper woodworking vise to my arsenal of tools. I choose a Moxon Vise for it versatility and relatively low cost. I picked up a kit for this vise from Benchcrafted and for what you get, the price was acceptable. The downside to living in Canada is that sometimes tracking down hardware at a reasonable price can be challenging. There are other options available to you if you'd like to save a few dollars and don't mind digging around online.

I urge you to check out the build video to see the whole thing come together. Links to all the products I used in this build can be found in the video description.

Step 1: Material Prep

For a sufficiently stiff vise, you'll want to make sure your material is 1.5" - 1.75" thick. I decide to glue up multiple boards for my vise. This not only added a pleasant visual design, it also should help to hold its shape better and costs significantly less than solid wood. Once the pieces were glued, I trimmed the edges down to final dimension.

Step 2: Cutting Corners and Drilling Holes

I used printed templates of my own design to help with layout. I made the inside corners on the fixed jaw by drilling a 2" hole and then connected the dots on the bandsaw. I sanded all the cut edges smooth before moving back to the drill press to drill the holes for the threaded rods. I began by drilling a larger hole to the exact depth of the nut that will be set into the wood, then drilled a through hole that the threaded rod will pass through. All the exact measurements and details can be found on my website.

Step 3: It's Not As Hard As It Looks...

I marked the location for the nuts with a marking knife and began chiseling the excess material away. This isn't as difficult as it looks. Sharp chisels and patients are a must! Once I had the nuts fitting tight and flush, I transferred the hole location to the movable jaw by lining up the two pieces and drilling directly through the fixed jaw. I then offset the movable jaw 1/8" in either direction and use the drill to elongate the holes. This allows the movable jaw to rack side to side without binding so tapered pieces can be clamped.

Step 4: Time to Pull Out the Router!

I used my router table to create a rather large rabbet so the table top of the vise will interlock with the fixed jaw. I took a few light passes and cleaned up the corners with some sharp chisels. After test fitting the table top into to fixed jaw, I marked the location for two dados for the support legs under the table top. Using a very simple jig and my trim router, I lined everything up and made my cuts. The dados on the fixed jaw were all cut all the way through, the dados on the table top were cut short and squared with some light chisel work.

Step 5: Glue Up

I glued and clamped the table top to the fixed jaw together, checked for square and then glued in the support legs. I didn't clamp the support legs since the fit inside the dado was tight and I didn't want to risk throwing it out of square.

Step 6: Attaching Leather to the Movable Jaw

I used Titebond III glue to attach a piece of leather to the inside of the movable jaw. Titebond III is a PVA glue which is slightly flexible when dried. It's a great choice for gluing leather to wood. I placed a scrap piece of plywood over the leather, clamped it all around and left it overnight. The next morning I used a sharp knife to trim the excess material off and cut out the elongated holes.

Step 7: Finish and Assembly

Everything was sanded to 220 prior to assembly so finish prep was minimal. I gave all pieces of the vise 3 coats of Tung Oil for protection before final assembly. Assembly is straight forward and it's nice to see the whole thing come together at last!

Step 8: Testing

I decided to test the vise by cutting a dovetail onto some scrap walnut. Dovetails have always been a pain for me since clamping them properly was always difficult. Now they are a breeze!

I urge you to check out the build video to see the whole thing come together. Links to all the products I used in this build can be found in the video description. Detailed plans can be found on my website.

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    14 Discussions

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    dpmakestuff
    dpmakestuff

    3 years ago

    Walnut and Beech in case you were wondering.

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    Yonatan24
    Yonatan24

    Reply 3 years ago

    Ahhh... Never used Walnut, but Beech is an amazing wood to work with. Pretty common in my area too!

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    ToniRose
    ToniRose

    Reply 3 years ago

    I was. Great combination.

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    boatmakertoo
    boatmakertoo

    3 years ago

    Loved the video. It is a pleasure to watch a skilled craftsman work. Envy your workshop too. The last time I saw anyone make a dovetail with a backsaw was about 1950.

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    Raitis
    Raitis

    3 years ago

    My first thought after only a glance on frontpage - what an interesting skateboard!

    But really, great job with the vise!

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    cavalier19
    cavalier19

    3 years ago

    Your workmanship & skill are awesome. Brilliant

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    JUANKERR
    JUANKERR

    3 years ago

    A pleasure to watch a craftsman at work.

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    DaveD17
    DaveD17

    3 years ago

    Great result Dustin! Regarding the hardware, you may know this but Lee Valley re-sells the Benchcraft kit, so Canadians may want to order it from there. Basically the same price after factoring in the exchange rate, and sometimes LV has free shipping which then brings it down to a very reasonable price. Not to mention not having to deal with shipping stuff from the US. Anyway, awesome job on this. I need to make one.

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    TLJamesA
    TLJamesA

    3 years ago

    This looks terrific. Nice work!

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    T0BY
    T0BY

    3 years ago

    This is ace!

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    offseid
    offseid

    3 years ago

    Beautiful. I still have dreams of adding this vice to my Roubo bench.

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    xwingace
    xwingace

    3 years ago

    That simple little router jig is gold, brother

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    desertsniper
    desertsniper

    3 years ago

    Nice Vice!! and great looking shop!