Yes it’s true. I too have a Moxon Vise. I know, imagine that!
I think smarter folks than me have explained at length how they built their vise, so I won’t get into that. But I will share some of the modifications I’ve made this weekend.
Several years ago I built this moxon- wanna be, after seeing an example of it online.
It did not take me long to realize that these jig handles weren’t going to cut it. Not a complete failure, but depending on the size of the wood, it just didn’t have the grip, as you can imagine.
So I invested in the Benchcraft kit.
The vise is awesome, but I had seen two modifications on Paul-Marcel St-Onge’s site, www.halfinchshy.com, which I really grooved on. The 1st was the addition of the rear bench, which is also shown on Benchcrafted’ site, and the other is the french cleat he added in order to hang and store the vise when not in use. Paul-Marcel is a pretty smart guy, if you don’t follow his site, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
Stores perfectly right under my bench! Brilliant space saving in my tiny shop.
I am going to add one more small modification. I use my Gramercy Hold Fasts to secure the Moxon to my bench. Now that I have added the rear bench, I need to extend the stabalizer on each side, so fastening the holdfast isn’t as clumsy.
Now I have no excuse for practicing my dovetails!
Finish My Moxon Vise…
Looks great, Chris. Looks like a wonderfully hand vise. I’ve now added thr rear bench to the Moxon vise design kicking around in my head.