Making the hardware for the Moxon vise

 

A few weekends ago, my good friend, Chris Scarborough came over to brew some beer and TIG weld some new Moxon hardware.  In between brewing steps, we worked together to hand craft the components. 

We started by cutting down some 1/2" steel rod to make the "wings" for the wing nuts. I used a bevel gauge to mark an approximate ten degree angle and used a cut off wheel in my grinder to make the initial cuts. All of the cut ends were then trued up on my bench sander. Then, the pieces were chucked up in my drill press and were cleaned and polished using various grits of sandpaper and finished off with a fine abrasive pad. 

Handle components during various stages of finishing

Handle components during various stages of finishing

I used a scrap of Maple to create a jig of sorts for assembly. This ensures all of the handles are angled consistently. The nut is clamped in place and the "wings" held in place while they are tacked in a few places. 

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Once tacked, all of the wing nuts are compared side by side to verify all are consistent. Once this is determined, they are welded solid. 

Wing nuts tacked in place, ready for final welding

Wing nuts tacked in place, ready for final welding

My buddy Chris restores vintage Jaguars and street rods for a living. His welding skills are second to none. The welds are all beautiful, strong, and meant to last. 

Two sets of Moxon vise wing nuts and three Saw vise wing nuts, ready for final finishing. 

Two sets of Moxon vise wing nuts and three Saw vise wing nuts, ready for final finishing. 

Some of these wing nuts will be left bare, leaving the final finish up to the customer. One of these is destined for my upcoming Saw  Vise build. It will be finished using the flax oil technique used on my original Moxon build. I will document this thoroughly in the very near future. Stay tuned....