How to Build a Budget Moxon Vise | Woodworking Shop Project (DIY)

How to Build a Budget Moxon Vise | Woodworking Shop Project (DIY)

Moxon vise hardware kit:

In this video, I show you how to make a moxon vise with some short boards and a $40 moxon vise hardware set that I got from Amazon. The Moxon vise is a really handy woodworking vise because it accepts wide boards, making it great for dovetails, mortise and tenon, and other joinery. I also cover in this video how to attach a small tabletop workbench to your moxon vise, adding more utility and capability to the moxon vise. I hope you enjoy this video about my moxon vise, and if you do, please consider hitting the thumbs up button or leaving a comment to let me know.

⏳ Timestamps
00:00 Introduction
00:37 Milling lumber
01:38 Gluing the vise workbench top
02:19 Constructing the Moxon vise jaws
04:28 Beveling the jaw for hand sawing
04:54 The vise workbench legs
06:38 Attaching the vise jaws to the tabletop workbench
07:58 Flattening the tabletop workbench’s table
08:35 Applying finish

🛠️ Tools and materials
▸ Moxon vise hardware kit:

▸ Bosch 12V MAX Drill/Driver combo:
▸ SawStop 1.75-HP Contractor Saw:
▸ Bosch Router:
▸ Zetsaw Japanese Pull Saws:
▸ More tools:

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  1. Happy Daddy on November 18, 2023 at 10:26 pm

    Nice build!

  2. John Krasny on November 18, 2023 at 10:27 pm

    Where did you get your hardware?

  3. Дарт Вейдер on November 18, 2023 at 10:32 pm


  4. Elbert Ocanas on November 18, 2023 at 10:37 pm

    Nice project. I think I know why you went with a platform behind the jaws vs just the jaws and a brace but can you explain your design ideas?

  5. Gary Popa on November 18, 2023 at 10:47 pm

    The legs dadoed into the top create a cross-grain situation, eventually may result in a bow or cracked top. One way to correct this (design) is to make the leg grain up-and-down or use clips to attach the top and only gluing the top to the rear jaw.

  6. Richard Fenton on November 18, 2023 at 10:48 pm

    Good description and a well filmed. I wish woodworkers would say what wood you used. This would help those of use are learning

  7. Mike Mason on November 18, 2023 at 10:51 pm

    Just found your channel. Great videos so far. Nice to see some Nor. Cal. wood workers on here (I am in Modesto). Keep up the good work!

  8. Klingonbr on November 18, 2023 at 10:52 pm


  9. Soledude on November 18, 2023 at 10:54 pm

    Nice finish. Love the gradients. 👌👌👌

  10. Tm Articles on November 18, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    Professional Channel 🔔🔔👍👍👍

  11. Fuking Omar on November 18, 2023 at 11:00 pm

    great job the vise looks amazing. Wish I saw this before building my moxon :/ I’m also contemplating dog holes or match fit dovetails

  12. Ferdinand Basques on November 18, 2023 at 11:04 pm


  13. K LE on November 18, 2023 at 11:04 pm

    Cool! I like adding the extra table top platform in the back. I think I’d like to do this. I need a portable wood vise like this as I don’t have room to add another whole workbench to my shop and this seems the cheapest. Could you use pine like 2×4 for this? Or is hardwood better for the vise? Cheap like poplar or oak, or exotic wood like purple heart? Woodcraft always seems to have this on sale. Could the vise jaws be thinner than 1.5" or even thicker? thx

  14. Stephen Cotton on November 18, 2023 at 11:11 pm

    6:19 Using a wood vise (I assume not a Moxon Vise) to make the legs to go on your Moxon Vise. So do I need to make that other vise first? LOL

  15. Hopski on November 18, 2023 at 11:13 pm

    Its a bin. Wow!

  16. Jerome Gagnon on November 18, 2023 at 11:23 pm

    made one almost like yours, down to the epoxied knot on the front jaw. made some dovetail slots for microjig clamps and hardware and its the best thing ever. currently building an overbuilt moravian bench. i can recoment the dovetail slots, makes holding pieces so versatile.

  17. Contessa Adella on November 18, 2023 at 11:25 pm

    Sadly every Moxon hardware kit I can find are ludicrously expensive…all these woodworking channels sport these vices and seem to imply the parts are relatively cheap. Well, two metal handwheels (or your lever style here), two 8” course thread 3/4” rods and four nuts to match is like 120 Bucks…You don’t even get a short plank of wood in that “kit”. It’s an insane rip off of about 4x the true value! How you can source the metal parts for 40 Bucks is beyond me! So I won’t be building one anytime soon…from anybodys design.☹️

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