Category Archives: Acer Ferrous Toolworks

Acer-Ferrous Moxon Vice Kit

Acer-Ferrous Toolworks has introduced a screw kit for making a Moxon style bench top vice.  The kit includes two hand screws and matching nuts made of hard maple.  The screws are 1  1/2″  in diameter with 4 threads per inch.  Overall length is approximately 12″, with 8″ of threaded length and 4″ long handles.  The handles are octagonal, and measure 2″ across the flats, which gives plenty of torque for excellent gripping power.  The nuts are 1 1/2″ thick and 4″ square.

The customer supplies the material for the jaws.  By using 4″ wide stock, the back jaw will be the same height as the nuts, which will enhance the stability of the vice on the bench top. The vice may be clamped to the work bench using bar clamps or holdfasts. The jaws can be custom made to any length needed.  We suggest using material at least 1 1/2″ thick to minimize flexing under load.  The nuts are simply glued to the back jaw when the vice is assembled, being careful not to get any glue squeeze on the threaded portions.  Instructions are included.  No finish has been applied.  Price is $75 for the pair. These may be purchased here.

 

 

 

A completed vice using the Moxon screws.

 

Acer Ferrous Toolworks Garters

Paul Peters, of Acer Ferrous Toolworks, has developed additional components for the leg vice wood screw.   The garter, which is used to attach the wood screw to the chop (movable jaw) of the vice, is now available.  This allows the chop to move in conjunction with the hub of the screw when opening the vice.  There is no need to pull the chop open by hand.  The garters are 4″ square, and are split in half to allow for installation around the screw.  Thickness is 3/8″ for the aluminum and 1/4″ for the brass, and will slip into the grove at the base of the screw hub. (The groove is sized for the proper garter.)  Four countersunk screw holes, and supplied screws, are all that is needed for installation.  The garter can be oriented either  square or in a diamond position, as shown.

Acer Ferrous wood vice screw with brass garter and prototype handle.

Garters is available in either solid brass, which can be purchased here, or in aluminum with a black anodized finish, available here.  Both come with matching screws.

Brass Garter with brass screws.

 

Aluminum garter with black anodize finish and screws.

 

 

Acer-Ferrous Toolworks leg vice screws

Acer-Ferrous Toolworks was started by a young man, Paul Peters, whom I have been mentoring in woodworking since he was a boy.  Paul recently graduated from a trade school as a machinist, and decided to combine his two interests, woodworking and metalworking, into a business venture.  He purchased a 1910 Monarch lathe, and made his own tooling to produce wood vice screws.  His first product, a leg vice screw and nut, is shown below.

The 2 1/2″ diameter, 2 threads per inch screw is made of hard maple ( Acer saccharum), riven out of the log to ensure straight grain, and vacuum kiln dried.  The octagonal hub is a separate piece of wood, and is threaded and glued to the screw.  Overall length of the screw is approximately 24″, of which 4″ is the hub.  The hub measures 3 1/2″ across the flats.  There is a 3/8″ moat cut in at the base of the hub down to 2″ diameter for the garter (User supplied.).  A 1″ diameter hole is also bored through the hub for the handle, also provided by the user.

The nut is also hard maple, and measures 8″ x 4″ x 2″, with the threaded hole centered in the face. This leaves plenty of room for mounting holes to be drilled.

As an accessory, garters are also available in either brass or black anodized aluminum.  More information about the garters can be found here.

The two piece design allows the option for making the hub of a different wood, and retaining the maple screw.  Anyone interested in this option, or with requests for other sizes, can contact Paul at prpinthehills@gmail.com

Red Rose Reproductions is currently marketing and selling these screws. Price is $155. To purchase, click here.

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Acer-Ferrous leg vice screw.

 

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Bench screw hub.

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Hub base showing garter moat.

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Screw threads

 

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Bench screw nut

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Assembled screw and nut