Saw Vise prototype to debut at WIA!

I've been working feverishly behind the scenes these last few weeks. So many ideas and concepts running through my head, and only so much time to make them all. I finally completed a fully working prototype of my Saw Vise, using the same basc hardware as my Moxon Vise. The acme thread really allows a grip that conventional wooden threads can't offer repeatedly. 

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The beauty of the Saw Vise kit is the ability to adapt the vise to your own particular situation. I like to sharpen standing up, but I dislike bending over. The vise I made clamps up in my face vise, resting on the bench top so that sharpening takes place just below eye level for me, resulting in better results and reduced sharpening time due to less strain on the eyes and back. 

 

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My largest backsaw is 16". I made the vise jaws 18" wide, allowing me to sharpen any saw I own with a max of one repositioning. It's a time saver to say the least. The grip strength is unbelievable. The jaws are lined with leather, not only increasing grip, but also eliminating any blade chatter while sharpening. 

 

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I will have this prototype available for all to use at my booth at Woodworking In America. Please stop by and check it out! Once I see how it performs under strenuous use, I'll  work on having kits available for sale soon. This ones gonna be a game changer!!

Moxon Vise Hardware Kits are ready for WIA!

Its official, my Moxon Vise Hardware kits are ready for their debut at Woodworking In America 2014.  For $85, each kit will include two Acme screws with handcrafted Wing Nuts and a piece of leather for adhering to the jaw.

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  Instructions will be provided, and the entire build has been documented on this blog. I will have over two dozen kits available for purchase at WIA. I will also have my vise on hand, everyone is welcome to try it out! For those not attending WIA, I will have a preorder list available on my homepage. As soon as we get back from the show, production will begin on the next run of Moxon kits. I will send out updates to everyone on the preorder list. Once they are ready to ship, I'll email an invoice and ship as soon as payment comes through. Getting on the preorder list guarantees a kit will be available for you in this next run. See you at WIA!

Handtool Thursday!!!

I love the Instagram community. It is a tremendous resource, providing a wealth of knowledge from a large, diverse community that is very supportive. This morning, I had the bright idea of starting a new hashtag, #handtoolthursday

The idea is that once a week, Instagram users will post up a pic of a hand tool. Whether it's new, used, handmade, or in the middle of an in depth restoration. Any info on the tool pictured is welcome, too. Any background history or special provenance are great. I started off #handtoolthursday with a picture of a Buck Coachmaker's Router plane that my mother in law picked up in an antique store in Mason, TX.  Pretty much the most unlikely place to find a specialized European plane! It's in immaculate condition, appears to have never been sharpened. The blade is 1/2" wide. I'll post my pics here on the blog every Thursday along with any other tools that catch my eye from other users. So check back each week for something new!

 

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