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Moxon Vises and Hardware - MK2
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Moxon Vises and Hardware - MK2|
Moxon Vises and Hardware - MK2| - The back ledge, unique to this particular version of the Moxon vise, add a handy place to secure a clamp.
Moxon Vises and Hardware - MK2| - The kit contains 2 x 6-1/2" long Acme screws, adjustable handles, curved washers, and custom nuts.
Moxon Vises and Hardware - MK2| - The nut for the screw is buried in a mortise, so it doesn’t get in your way.
Moxon Vises and Hardware - MK2| - The clamping screw goes through the body of the vise, though the nut mortised into the wood, and out the back of the vise.
Moxon Vises and Hardware - MK2| - Our custom made Acme threaded nuts make it easy to install the screws, and give plenty of surface area to prevent the nuts from turning.
Moxon Vises and Hardware - MK2| - We use a Acme thread for strength, power coated for longevity.
Moxon Vises and Hardware - MK2| - The original engraving from 1678

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Dovetailing with a Moxon vise is such a dream it's now difficult to remember what we did before the current revival this wonderful fixture.

As Chris Schwarz was working on reprinting parts of Joseph Moxon's 1678 landmark book on woodworking one question that arose about an engraving of a workbench was the utility of the strange, seemingly floating vise jaws at the front of the bench. Other contemporary writers illustrate this feature too. What came to be known as the Moxon vise is a pair of easily removable vise jaws that sit on top of your workbench and allow you to easily clamp boards vertically at the right height for dovetailing. A regular twin vise is at the wrong height, this attachment brings everything perfectly higher.

We stock limited quantities of a completed vise or just the hardware needed for making your own vise.

Several vendors have offered versions of the vise, this version is used at the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop, and has some very practical design elements that make it unique.

The vise is clamped to your workbench with two holdfasts or clamps using the ears at the sides of the rear jaw. Since the ears are lower than the top jaw you don't have to worry about accidentally hitting a clamp with a chisel or saw. It's also one piece and therefore mechanically very rigid. The front movable jaw is cambered along its full length for tight work-holding. The jaw, thinner than others by design, permits one to work closer to the stock for better control. After tightening, swing the adjustable handles down and completely out of the way. Behind the fixed jaw we have added a small shelf. The reason for the shelf is that if you are a tails-first dovetail cutter, then a critical part of the process is marking out the pin board from the tail board. Mount the pin board vertically in the vise, and lay the tail board over it. When the tail board is in the correct position, clamp it in place using the shelf and mark out carefully without fear of any slippage, which would cause misalignment.
    The details:
  • Hard maple construction
  • Adjustable handles are easily moved out of the way
  • High Strength Acme Threads provide smooth clamping power.
  • 23" between screws.
  • Over 3" maximum jaw opening
  • 4" tall, with 2" ears for ease of clamping

For those wishing to build their own vise, or modifing an existing bench, hardware is available as a kit.
Made in the USA.
Customer Reviews:

Excellent hardware

By: David Scarborough (Dec, 2017)

This is a nice setup. I bought this kit to replace the veneer press screw vise I built (bad screw handle) and it has done the job. The only thing I suggest is following the design considerations and using 4/4 wood instead of 8/4 as I did. 8/4 was too heavy for the screws and the vise wouldn't close square without help Well worth the price!
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Excellent vise

By: Brian Maris (Apr, 2017)

I looked at several alternatives for a Moxon vise, but most were more expensive than I was prepared to pay. I ordered the kit and assembled it with some scrap hardwood and it works exactly as claimed. I would buy it again.
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Slight modification

By: Jeffery Oliver (Jan, 2017)

1st - Excellent Product! Would like to suggest a small modification to the front jaw design. If you chamfer the front of the front jaw, leaving a 1/4inch lip square with the clamping surface, it will allow a greater area to "drop" the rear of the saw when sawing dovetails - extremely practical!
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Hits The Sweetspot

By: R J McCormick (Apr, 2015)

First looked at all the options available including building my own and other available popular manufactured similar vises. Was a bit reluctant on this was because it appeared "underbuilt" compared to others out there. I was wrong. In fact, several of the others are arguably overbuilt. Most dovetailing we all do is casework and drawers, seldom requiring dovetails in stock exceeding 4/4" thickness. This vise is way over capable of adequately clamping such stock and larger. Simple, well designed and built, and the well thought features hit the sweetspot for function and value. Fast shipping and great service. As a woodworker for over 43 years, my advice is...get one.
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Vise hardware

By: Peter Noll (Mar, 2015)

I recently installed the vise hardware and am very happy with it. Installation was easy and the work holding capability is superb. The ability to turn the handles out of the way after tightening is a great feature. I researched making my own screws using acme hardware before purchasing and you really get more for your money with this kit. I'm extremely pleased with the purchase and the only thing I would add is the ability to purchase an additional pair of nuts so the vise chop and screws can be used on multiple benches. Thanks for the great product and customer service.
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Simple and Sweet

By: Thomas Priest (May, 2013)

This vise is exactly what it needs to be, simple yet with a few added touches that make it super ergonomic. The camber makes sure clamping pressure is more than adequate, being able to rotate the handles out of the way after setting is awesome, plus they are not huge because you dont need that for the operations you will be doing. The ledge on the back is very handy for dovetailing and the small blocks for aligning to the bench edge are simple and affective. Made of very nice stock and fit and finish is smooth and simple. Another great product offered up by TFWW, great job guys and great job to the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop. I would recommend this item to anyone that wants a well built simple way to raise your working height without all the unnecessary add ons and limited space some of the other makers utilize on theirs. As always keep up the great product assortment!
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