Mid-week tool sneak peek no. 10

September 14, 2011

Ever since Lost Art Press re-introduced Joseph Moxon’s 17th c. book “The Art of Joinery.” to the masses we’ve had the fortune of re-discovering tools and fixtures that have somehow been forgotten. Why these items were forgotten is beyond me.

One of the shop fixtures that’s been re-introduced to modern woodworkers is Moxon’s “double screw vise” . A simple vise that sits atop a work surface and elevates jobs, that are easily performed by the woodworker, to a height that takes stress of the craftsman’s back and just makes the task that much easier to see what you’re doing.

While the vise is simple in construction, having vise equipment that works easily and accurately is vital. Who else, but the guys at Benchcrafted would you turn to for making moving parts you know you can count on?

Well, the guys came through and the result is amazing! Benchcrafted’s Moxon Vise kit includes all the hardware you need to make this invaluable shop fixture.

Specifications for this kit include:

* Hard maple jaws, 1 3/4″ thick. Overall height: 5 1/2″
* Two 5″ cast iron handwheels, sand-mold finish. 3/4″x 8 tpi acme tapped
* Two 8″ precision rolled carbon steel acme screws and four nuts 3/4″x 8 tpi
* Movable jaw lined with suede
* Maximum capacity: 2 1/4″+ between jaws, just over 24″ between screws
* Made entirely in the U.S.A.
Image thanks to Benchcrafted

The Moxon vise is also available as hardware only if you to make your own customized version. Complete measured drawings and instructions are available at Benchcrafted.com.


Speaking of Joseph Moxon’s “The Art of Joinery”, if you haven’t picked up your own copy or were just curious what all the talk was about regarding it. Head over to Lost Art Press to check it out.

While unfortunately the printed version is all sold out currently (as of when I’m writing this that is) you can still get a downloadable digital edition that includes additional text, images, revisions and corrections.

This 147-page electronic book is in pdf format, so you can read it with Adobe’s free Acrobat Reader program. You can search the entire text by keyword. And you can jump to any of the sections in the book using embedded bookmarks.

It’s the complete text from the current printing plus:
* New information we’ve learned since 2007, including details on Moxon’s workbench.
* New images from the same time period. Including five tool illustrations adapted from Randle Holme’s “Academy of Armory” (1688).
* The 1703 text from “The Art of Joinery” in a very close original form.

While it’s not the print version this one is well worth the download, every bit as useful and insightful.


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  1. Jack says:

    Links to lostart press seems to be broken. At least they didn’t work for me.


  2. Matt says:

    I saw a post yesterday afternoon that they were making some changes to their site. I’ll see if the dust settled and get a new link up ASAP.

    Thanks for the heads up!

  3. Dave says:

    Cool website and videos.

    The vise is most likely great and I have been planning to purchase one but seeing glowing testimonials without disclosure that the vise hardware was provided free seems like an omission. Made me remember the mommy blogger FTC news articles from a year or two ago.

    carry on.

    • Matt says:

      Thanks Dave, glad you liked the video. I just wanted to point out that while it was a slight oversight on my part NOT to mention the vise was sent as payment for advertising IN THE video. I did make sure it was mentioned in the accompanying post and shownotes that go out with each episode.

      When such arrangements are made, it’s with the understanding I get to say what ever I want about the product, good or bad. This is what I’ve done for as long as I’ve been doing the show.

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