Moxon vise

It's been long since my last post! Since I'm on Instagram the blog isn't getting much attention...

A regular student asked for a workshop on building Joseph Moxon's vise, so I have been building mine first to figure out all the explanations and aspects to be considered. This is a tool that I long wanted to build for myself, as I am convinced it will improve comfort and efficiency.

It can be a great tool for a beginner too, specially if we don't have yet a solid workbench. This vise, heavy as it is, could very well be installed temporarily on a table. It would provide positive grip on the pieces and raise them to a suitable working height.

I chose for this project some American ash offcuts coming from a bed I made.

The hardware is the finest one can get, made by Benchcrafted. It weights over 4Kg.

The Moxon vise

The most interesting part is the hexagonal inlay for the nuts. The excess wood was routed out with a few plunge cuts, and then it was chopped to the line with a sharp chisel. It was easy to achieve a firm push fit with no wobble at all. Please note how the walls are flat and meet at crisp, straight corners.

The rest of the build is rather easy.

Cleaning-up and flattening with a Lie-Nielsen No. 7 1/2

Clamping the rear jaw components for the Moxon vise. Bessey parallel clamps are best.

Moxon vise: flushing the jaws.

Finally, we get to the stop-chamfer with lamb's tongue detail, a classic 18th century detail. The best way to do this is just by hand.

It's been a fun two-day build and I am happy to finally have this tool in my shop!

Hopefully the students are going to like it.

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