Tool Test: Lake Erie Toolworks Moxon Vise
by Megan Fitzpatrick
Sure, you can make your own double twin-screw vise, but you don’t have to – there are several excellent commercial options.
Add to that list the new Lake Erie Toolworks Moxon Vise kit.
This hard maple vise arrives nicely packaged in four easy-to-put-together pieces; directions are included, but you likely won’t need them.
But before you assemble it (which takes less than a minute), you might wish to sand the chops (they come nicely machine-surfaced), then add an oil finish to the chops and screw handles. The handles come sanded to #120 grit, which the maker, Nick Dombrowski, notes provides a good grip – so no need to sand those. I applied two coats of my go-to wipe-on shop-projects finish: equal parts varnish, boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits. Also, rub some paste wax or beeswax on the screws and in the threads in the rear chop – both to make the screws turn more easily, and to keep them from squeaking. (I don’t know about you, but, for me, the wood-on-wood squeak is akin to nails on a chalkboard.)