Moxon’s Ingenious Bench Vise


17th-century design saves your 21st-century back.
By Christopher Schwarz
Pages: 64-66

From the December 2010 issue # 187
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If you cut dovetails by hand, then I’m sure you’re aware of the other part of your anatomy that is involved: your back.

Bending over rows of tails and pins all day is murder when you try to stand up straight. Several people have come up with solutions, including a cute mini-bench that you park on your full-size bench to raise your work. Other woodworkers have built benches with higher benchtops that are designed just for hand-joinery.

Of course, like most things in woodworking, someone had already come up with the solution several centuries ago.

Video: See the video of the author threading and tapping the wooden components.
Article: We have dozens of free plans for jigs on our web site.
Web site: Read about how the prototype was developed on our blog.
To buy: Find links to buy the manual wood-threading kit for this project.
In our store: New “The Workbench Design Book.”


From the December 2010 issue # 187
Buy this issue now