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Benchcrafted Moxon Vise

Posted on November 1st, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Tools. No Comments

I recently completed a specialty vise assembly using Benchcrafted’s Moxon vise kit. Here is a picture of the finished project along with a link to a nice write-up by Jameel Abraham on the Benchcrafted Blog.

Coming out of the Woodworking in America conference, I was determined to improve my current bench’s work holding capacity. The Moxon vise, re-introduced by Benchcrafted, is a truly outstanding, yet simple piece of engineering. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to make an easy upgrade.

These can be configured in a bunch of different ways. Points of attachment, overall dimensions and additional work surfaces, to name a few. I elected to make the opening of this the standard dimension, enough for a full 24”+ of width to allow for dovetailing wide panels. I also included a 15” deep and 32” wide benchtop bench for a more functional work space. It really can save your back.

This was made from left over pieces of Niangon from a previous table and bench project. Niangon is a West African species, popular in parts of Europe for boatbuilding and timber frame construction. I finished the surface with a coat of Watco Danish Oil, and followed Benchcrafted’s instructions on seasoning the cast iron handles by coating them with multiple coats of Flax oil and baked in a 500 degree oven for an hour (repeated 5 times). The outer jaw of the vise has a piece of suede attached to the inside, to hold things down snugly.

This is the start of my work surface upgrade initiative that will conclude with the build-out of a split-top Roubo this winter. This too, will include Benchcrafted hardware throughout.

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