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Front door for the second half of my life using my time while disabled to study theology, dabble in my shop, and advocate for Liberty and Veterans who suffer with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Severe Memory Impairment, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumas, and those with Crohn's Disease and Seizure Disorder. Of course too I may muster the courage to begin my Scale Models again but fight tremor so bad that it maybe something best to just hang up and sell off. I've lost nearly every enjoyable skill and struggle with the idea of "doing it at all if I can't do so to the ability I once had". I'm most busy with doctors appointments and maintaining my 125 Year Old Home, but also pursue working in my shop and have unreasonable thoughts about once again building quality scale models. Basically its My Shop, Ranting, Retirement, and More… This blog was begun right before my health, career, and entire life's direction was wildly changed, so though the page is 6+ years old, it is bare boned.



Moxon Vise (Intro)

So I need a moxon vise. If you’re asking yourself what’s that and why, you’re not alone. (There are some small pictures of examples attached) Those were the first words out of my wife’s mouth when I explained my purchase of cast iron hand wheels, thread, bolts, spherical washers, and some hardwood. There’s even been the discussion of ‘crubber’ at the dinner table and by out loud contemplation of leather -vs- crubber -vs- cork for the jaw, pinned rod -vs- pinning the wheels to the rod, laminate order, size, clamps, and to build a table off the back or not… So, if you’d like to learn what a moxon vise is and why you may want one, read on. If you already have you own moxon or are building one of your own, I hope you’ll follow along.

Oh, I still haven’t even stated the answer to the question: A double-screw vise held to a workbench top with clamps or holdfasts in order to facilitate certain work. The moxon vise is so name for Joseph Moxon (1627–1691), who was the hydrographer to King Charles II. A man who obviously specialized in the design and printing of maps also was involved in the publishing of books on mathematics, engineering, and woodworking. Moxon’s 17th century book ‘The Art of Joinery’ first described the double-screw vise. It was in that historically significant publication that the Moxon vise was documented.

Stay tuned as I build my own. In my case, I need one to facilitate hand cutting dovetail joints and other joinery where I can get the work up higher and held fast for accuracy. The other great benefit is that I’ll be attempting to build mine as a table top moxon vise table. Doing so will take stress off my lower back and bring the work closer to my aging vision too. I’ll be sure cover the following:

  • Design Features
  • Helpful Video/Articles that I used
  • Material Sourcing
  • The build as it happens
  • A review of lessons learned and any changes I’d make

The next post will get into the research I’ve done, the sourcing, and the preliminary work I’ve done to prepare my lumber and iron. Please comment/ask any questions/suggestions you may have and I’ll be sure to address them as I go.

– Thank you for reading!

S/F, Shannon

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