WoodSkills Issue 02 - Page 59

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Photo of Moxon vise clamped to a workbench top. Holdfasts are unobtrusive at rear

Leaving handplaned edges on the inside faces of the jaws maintains uniform, square edges where the front and rear jaw meet. On the next page,, a side view of the completed Moxon vise with extension table and support. The massive stabilizer block is seen where holdfasts clamp the vise to the workbench top. Directly behind the stabilizer is the vertical support for the table. The table support is shorter than the stabilizer to allow holdfast pads to access the top of the stabilizer block. In the photo, the table is supported along its width and length by the vertical support. This enables me to pound on the table when chopping out dovetails using a chisel and mallet.

This Moxon vise design is customized for this workbench and location of the center dog holes. The Gramercy holdfast arm length has been factored into this. There is an allowance for the holdfasts to be swung in either direction if the Moxon vise is offset left or right of the dog holes. When adapting to your own workbench, a series of dog holes a few inches from the rear of the Moxon vise is necessary to clamp the vise down. This workbench is a Veritas model with pre-drilled dog holes along both sides of the center.

The Moxon vise is stored on its side when not in use. The profile of the vise is under 6 inches, so it can be unobtrusively placed along a wall. Storing on its side also makes use of the square area behind the table. The Moxon vise stored on its side is shown later along with a strip at rear of the vise to keep the vise perpendicular when vertical. The hand wheels face up when the vise is stored against a wall. Shown on the next pages is the rear view of the Moxon vise with components of the table and vertical support. The table support is shorter in length than the stabilizer block to allow for the holdfast pads.

Also visible is a square block of wood directly below the leading edge of the table glued to the rear jaw. This additional block of wood or filler supports the table at this edge for mallet work. The large rear nut is also accessible in this configuration. I rarely work with very large panels and this table size is more than wide enough for my needs. In your design, you can substitute a wider or longer table, depending on the work you intend to perform on the Moxon vise. The Moxon vise design is configurable in this regard.