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Cheap Moxon Vise Build

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Cheap Moxon Vise BuildFigured I need all the help I can get to improve my results when it comes to dovetails. As usually discussed the vise allows the work piece in a more comfortable height for sawing and chisel work. I didn't see a need for a large vise as most of the time will be working on smaller projects and allowed me to use up some off cuts.The main vise body is constructed from a birch butcher block scrap. Front jaw is constructed of hard maple and vise screws are dumbbell handles. Bought the Gold's gym handle and cut the rubber grip off (easy to slice then peel away) to get a 14 inch bar. Cut the bar in half then ground the threads flat and drilled a hole to secure to vend and drilled a 1/4 inch hole. A couple bronze flange bushings and 1/4 inch lag bolts rounded out the build. Definitely not fancy but so far have been pleased with the added height.Have about 9 inches between screws and about 2 inches opening to hold stock. Figure that easily covers most drawers and boxes I will build. May add some dog holes later for kicks.



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Push sticks for days

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Push sticks for daysTime for a new push stick. Time to build a jig. I wanted to keep a couple of push sticks handy to avoid using the same one for all cuts and destroying the bottom and having to throw it away. I used 1.5” x 1.5” for the handle and 1/2” for the body. I cut a 7” piece and cut 1/2” slots with the dado blade. The handle is at 60 degrees to the body. I cut a slot in the body with the dado to fit onto the handle. A little glue and trim the bottom 1/2” from the body. Now I can make a bunch at a time and always have a few at hand.



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