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Building a Low Cost Moxon Vise by Will Myers

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There are a lot of different designs of this vise.

They are all fairly similar, usually around 6 in. tall and about 30 in. long. Some are made simple and cheap, some more complicated and costing several hundred dollars. This one is on the simple and definitely on the cheap side.

I used yellow pine for the vise here; it came from one 8 ft 2 x 10 that was lying around the shop. The front jaw is 6 x 30 in.

The rear jaw is made of two pieces, the vertical piece is 5 x 30 in. the horizontal piece is 4 x 30 in. All the parts are 1- in thick. 

I first glued up the two back pieces with the 5 in. piece on top of the 4 in. piece. This makes the back jaw 6 in. tall with a 3 in. wide clamping strip down the back.

After the glue set on the back jaw I laid out were the screws would go. I set these in from the ends of the vise about 2 in, this leaves a tad over 24 in. between the inside of the screws.

I then clamped the front jaw to the back one. I then bored a in. hole a in. deep on the back side of the back jaw first.

I then used a 9/16 in. auger inside the first hole and bored the rest of the way thru the back jaw and the front jaw being careful to keep the hole as straight as possible.

I used two in. bolts for the vise screws, these thread into nuts set in the back jaw.


I set the nut over the in. hole bored in the back jaw and tapped it with a hammer; this leaves an imprint of the nut in the wood.  I then chiseled out the profile of the indention until the nut would set down in the hole.

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