Rabbet for a Moxon vise


Advantageous Woodworking not too long ago revealed an article wherein I construct a sturdy Moxon vise. Its building is the third iteration and the ultimate design is a fruits of enhancements made every time I constructed a brand new model. On this put up I’d prefer to deal with a characteristic that was omitted of the design that made it into the journal. That may be a rabbet lower into the highest of the jaws which permits the usage of a router to wash waste between pins. This may increasingly sound trivial, nevertheless it’s an enormous time saver when slicing dovetails. Beneath I’ve put collectively an image intensive demonstration on how this neat characteristic works. Let’s dive in.

Here’s a take a look at two of my Moxon vises. For some insider baseball, the smaller one was constructed utilizing leftover components from the articles photoshoot. I had components in varied phases of building to expedite the photoshoot. I lower these in half for a half sized vise. 

Here’s what I imply by rabbet within the jaws. The scale are roughly 7/8-1” down, and 5/8-3/4” in from every face.

Word: The outer jaw is used to reference the sting of my bench.

Inventory milled, marked baseline. 

Vise clamped to bench, workpiece clamped in vise, prepared for sawing. 

Since I exploit a dovetail jig, my marking is minimal. All I want know is the place to begin the cuts.

I like to chop the tails first.

Cleansing out waste with fret noticed.

Chisel to baseline. Word, I do that over the rabbet so the chunklets fall away and don’t get trapped beneath the workpiece.

Good work, Mike.

I exploit a store made sq. to line up the sides of the tail and pinboards. (The sq. is proven within the first image.)

I floor an outdated jigsaw blade right into a marking knife. It’s thinner than most marking knives so it will get between the tiny tail spacing I like a lot.

Marky Mark and the Funky bunch.

Reducing tails.

Clearing waste with the fret noticed. Please observe that I didn’t even do a great job sawing right down to the baseline. No massive deal, the router bit used within the coming steps will care for that.

Bulk of waste cleared, prepared for the following step.

Let’s decelerate a bit at this level. That is actually the place the rubber meets the highway. I’ve pictured a number of router bits that may work for this subsequent course of. The primary is of a 3/16” straight router bit within the background, which we’re all acquainted with and can work however there’s a higher choice. The opposite bit pictured is a 1/2” diameter prime bearing bit designed for clearing hinge mortises on passage doorways. I exploit the 1/2” bit when doing actually massive dovetails on thicker inventory (suppose giant case sides). The bearing is essential because it rides in opposition to the tail and cleans up my poor sawing job from earlier, and the projection from the router establishes the lower right down to the baseline.


Two choices. I like to make use of a bit with a bearing. This manner I don’t want to fret about slicing into the tails. The bearing will cease me.

The following image is a bit tiny gem I discovered whereas pouring by means of the Amana router bit catalog. That is a part of their mini router bit collection, half quantity: 47224-s. The good thing about this bit is that it’ll match into smaller pin spacing, and can work on thinner materials due to the shorter slicing peak. Let’s check out how all this works.

A really neat little bit, excellent for clearing waste between pins.

Pinboard clamped into vise, I exploit the tail board clamped to the vise to align the vise jaws and pinboard. It’s important these all be in airplane.

I’ve set the depth (projection) of the bit proper right down to the baseline.

Router in place. It rides properly on the vise jaws.

Progress shot. I evenly climb lower to eradicate blow out.

All accomplished.

After a bit vacuuming.

Check becoming.

Completed pictures. I chamfered the sides as a result of I’m a consummate skilled.

Not too unhealthy.

Including the rebate to the vise jaws opens up clearance for the router bit for use. This can be a neat trick that helps lower dovetail joints quicker and with greater high quality. Think about this characteristic in the event you plan to construct a Moxon Vise. Thanks for studying, hope this helps. 

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