Moxon Vise

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Questions About the ‘Moxon Vise’

Almost every day I get some sort of question about the ‘Moxon vise,” a double-screw vise that I wrote about for the December 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. It’s an ingenious portable vise that has been around for almost 400 years, yet it still generates controversy and questions whenever it is in the...

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New Bulletproof Vises from Lie-Nielsen

Lie-Nielsen’s heavy-duty chain-drive mechanism has recently been used to create two new vises from the Warren, Maine, tool manufacturer – a dovetailing vise and a leg vise. I got a chance to use both new vises while in Maine in July, and am both impressed and convinced. By “impressed” I mean they are worthy...

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Tapping Threads Without Tapping Out

Threading and tapping wood by hand can be frustrating, even when you know what you are doing. Today, 11 students and I at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship built Moxon-style vises to prepare for a week of dovetailing and more dovetailing. Of course, almost all of the students had some sort of problem with...

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How Not to Rive Oak

This week I’m cutting a bunch of half-blind dovetails in oak – oak on the pin board and oak on the tail board. This is somewhat trickier than dovetailing softer woods, or when dovetailing a soft wood, which compresses, into a hard wood, which does not. Add to that the fact that oak really...

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My Benchcrafted Moxon Vise

Perhaps I should be the last person to buy a Moxon-style vise kit from Benchcrafted. After all, I’ve built six of these highly functional vises for myself and friends – not to mention all the ones I’ve built during classes during 2010. But instead, I was one of the first to line up for the...