Moxon Vise 2, The Woodwork

This is a pretty simple project, even for me.  I cut and milled two 8/4 rough Eastern Walnut boards to exactly 2″ thick.  One is cross cut at 38″ the other at 32″.  These make up the rear and front vise jaws respectively.  The rear jaw is 5.5″ wide, and the front is 5.75″ wide to allow it to register with the bench front.  I also prepared a piece at 1.75″ thick x 3″ wide x 32″ long for the rear support.  The rear support has to be thinner to allow the giant nut to turn on the back when assembling the vise.

Parts machined to size for the vise

Parts machined to size for the vise

Next I wanted to add a little detail to the ends of the rear vise as shown in the plans I posted yesterday.  You can lay this out with a compass – and in fact I did at first, but I liked the proportions in the full scale template I drew up better.  I did the usual trick of gluing it to 1/4″ MDF with Super 77, and cutting it out.  Then I transferred it to the rear vise jaw and cut and shaped the ends.

Full scale pattern for the cyma recta detail

Full scale pattern for the cyma recta detail

Next I drilled the 1″ holes for the threaded rod, then strived the outline of the nut to the inside face of the rear jaw.  The threaded rod is held in place on the rear jaw by two nuts, one recessed into the face of the rear jaw, and one tightened against the back.  Same construction approach as the Benchcrafted vise.

Transferring the outline of the nut to the inside face of the vise.

Transferring the outline of the nut to the inside face of the vise.

I used a 1.5″ Forstner bit to remove the bulk of the waste.  The nuts are 1.625″ wide across the flats and 1″ thick, so I drilled to a depth of 1″.

Excavating the waste

Excavating the waste

Then I used a chisel to chop out the rear of the waste until the nut just slid into the cavity.  This worked out really well, it’s a nice fit.

Nuts recessed into the vise face.

Nuts recessed into the vise face.

I double checked the clearance for the nut on the back — I figured out that it should clear in CAD, but wanted to be sure before I glued the brace on.  With that done, I’m pretty much done with the woodwork for the vise.  Just a little detailing after the glue dries,  I need to make the big wing nuts for the handles once I get my welder fixed, and put some finish on it.  This should be a useful tool one completed.

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7 thoughts on “Moxon Vise 2, The Woodwork

  1. Paul K. Murphy

    Great. I have read about these for quite a while, but never wanted one. I didn’t know anybody who had or wanted one. Your build makes me want one now.

  2. Sure look like nice hardware, should make a fine vise. Any inlays decorations to go on it 🙂
    Bob, running and ducking the snow balls

    • I actually was thinking about inlaying two diamond-shaped brass plates as ferrules behind the handles on the front. It could happen.

  3. Unless you take the time to make it look really nice, as you have, it’s a dead simple thing to make. Two boards with holes drilled through them, and a third board on the back to hold the thing to the bench with.

    Making mine made me wonder whether workers made these often whenever they were needed. The hard part is the screws to bring the two pieces together. If those were common enough or easy enough, you could make one of these whenever you needed one.

  4. Jonathan

    Hey Joe,

    I like your cyma recta. Wow, that just sounds wrong doesn’t it? Seriously, it looks good though.

    For what its worth, I say dress it up with some inlay.


  5. Nice project Joe. Clean work as usual.
    I’m jealous of your access to a decent lumber selection. My search radius is out to 80 miles with only two prospects. That’s a long way to go to risk coming back empty handed.


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