Moxon 3, Slight Detour

I was thinking…  Three words that have lead to no end of trouble for me.

I was thinking about adding some embellishment to the Moxon vise.  After thinking through a range of options from doing nothing to something approaching the tattooed lady I decided to add a pair of brass escutcheon plates.  I may or may not actually inlay them, I don’t really see a point as they are only about 1/16″ thick.

I drew up a simple shape that worked with the scale of the nuts and front jaw, and cut them out of some 16 gauge brass stock I had on hand.  Simple stuff.

Brass escutcheon plates for my Moxon vise

Brass escutcheon plates for my Moxon vise

I updated my plans, mostly to add full scale templates for the escutcheon plates.  I like that word, I’m going to use it more often. Escutcheon. There, mission accomplished.

Moxon Vise Plans

Moxon Vise Plans

Rendering with brass plates

Rendering with brass plates


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7 thoughts on “Moxon 3, Slight Detour

  1. The brass would look very hip… especially as in lay. But I think steel will win in the steel vs brass cage match. I haven’t used a moxon vise, though, so I don’t know if you’d be cranking down & grinding away your brass es kuch ins

    • Hi Nate,

      Maybe. I have a thick 2″ washer that goes under the nut, so that will be the main bearing surface against the Brass. I don’t think the Brass is any softer than the Walnut, so I’m hopeful it will be OK. Thinking about it logically, my main concern is that the brass will bend and look bad – but it’s screwed in place so it *should* be fine.

  2. Walnut and brass. It’s hard to go wrong with that combination.
    Are you going to bevel off the top edge of the front chop? If not, are you worried about it getting in your way when sawing half-blind dovetails? I know that’s a complaint that I have when cutting them with a board clamped in my vise. I have to raise the board a pretty good distance out of the vise to provide clearance for the saw.


    • Hi Greg,

      I’m on the fence. I don’t over cut my half blind joints as I’ve seen CS do, but with the wide front jaw I could see it being in the way all the same. Some sort of chamfer might be a good idea.

      • wrduffield

        If you carve lamb’s tongues on the ends of the bevel, you can stop them before you get to the brass. Even if you don’t overcut your dovetails, the bevel is still useful for cutting half blind pins in drawer fronts. The closer the end of board is to the top of the jaws, the less vibration and the smoother the cut.

  3. Sylvain

    Inlay the brass plate?
    Do you risk to scratch your knuckles on them while turning the handles?

    • No, the brass is surface mounted. No chance of knuckle scratching, it’s thin, and the edges are smooth. I don’t think it would look any different except up (very) close either. Check out the installed picture in the next post and see what you think.

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