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Benchcrafted’s Moxon Vise: A 17th-Century Design with 21st-Century Design Upgrades

After Christopher Schwarz wrote an article on how to build a Moxon vise, untold numbers of people tried it. But a sticking point for some was that one of the design elements in Schwarz’s rendition are handscrews made from wood:

Creating these requires turning blanks and cutting threads into them, a process some found difficult. People began reaching out to Benchcrafted, an Iowa-based manufacturer of high-quality vise hardware. “Soon after the [Moxon vise] article appeared,” they write, “we received numerous requests for hardware to make a vise similar to Schwarz’s version, but without having to buy a tapping kit and deal with the frustration that many have experienced with these kits.”

Benchcrafted looked at the design of the Moxon vise and brought it into the 21st Century. The wooden screws were jettisoned, replaced by carbon steel Acme screws, which can withstand a tremendous amount of force. (Acme screws have trapezoidal thread profiles; this makes them exceptionally strong and the go-to thread profile for power machinery.)

Acme threads
Acme threads

Rather than requiring the user to twist handles with octagonal cross-sections, as in Moxon’s 17th-century version, Benchcrafted added a much more ergonomic touch: Their signature cast-iron handwheels, which have enough mass that once you get them going, they practically spin themselves.

Next they made this interesting design choice: The handwheels do not drive the screws, but rotate on the screws. “Instead of the handwheel rotating the screws and being restricted by the weight of the movable jaw, we’ve fixed the screws to the vise itself (they don’t move) and tapped the handwheels, allowing them to move in and out on the rigid screws. The mass of the wheels and the polished acme threads allows the hand wheels to spin freely and do the work of drawing the jaws together effortlessly.”

Finally they’ve lined the inside of the front chop with Crubber, a material made by grinding cork and rubber and combining them under high pressure. Cut into sheets and used to line a vise, the material provides excellent grip yet will not mar the workpiece.

If you don’t understand any of the descriptions above, watch the following demo and all will be clear:

Benchcrafted manufactures and sells the Moxon vise hardware (for $ 149) only; the end user is meant to provide the wood and knock it together.

Benchcrafted’s design improvements to the Moxon vise are apparent. But next we’ll look at how a couple of ingenious fellows pushed the design even further with some clever hacks.


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VMware is serving up free upgrades to its personal desktop virtualization tools

VMware has unleashed free updates to its Fusion and Workstation software tools. All four now support Windows 10 Anniversary Update and Windows Server 2016, while the two updated Fusion products support next month’s MacOS Sierra.

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Verizon confirms 12-month Device Payment Plan for phones is launching April 21st

Verizon confirms Device Payment Plan coming April 21st, with a catch

Look: we know many on Verizon aren’t happy that the carrier has revealed plans to lengthen its upgrade intervals right as smartphone update season is hitting full stride. However, there may be a consolation prize. As of April 21st, “some devices” in its smartphone range, not just the existing tablets, will qualify for a Device Payment Plan that spreads out the full costs over the course of a year, letting those who crave the latest mobile hardware (presumably, you) upgrade without either having to sign a contract or pay everything up front. Sounds like a very UnCarrier thing to do, doesn’t it? Not quite, unfortunately. The carrier tells us that these payments sit on top of existing service plans, not inside them — the base service rate won’t go down in year two. T-Mobile will remain the better bargain for anyone constantly replacing handsets, then, but those on Verizon will at least have a degree of freedom.

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Verizon upgrade eligibility extends to a full two years, New Every Two credits expire April 15th

Verizon upgrade eligibility extends to a full two years, New Every Two credits expire April 15th

Verizon subscribers, we hope your device habits don’t revolve too closely around that 20-month upgrade cycle: it’s about to get longer. Big Red has confirmed that upgrade eligibility will now start only after the two-year contract is up. Those who have an existing contract that expires in January 2014 or later will have to wait four more months before they can get hardware at a discounted rate. Ostensibly, the shift is to let customers count on a lone upgrade date for all of their connected devices, but let’s not beat around the bush: the longer intervals are bad for any subscriber whose desire for a new phone or tablet doesn’t perfectly dovetail with their contract length.

There are a few other changes afoot. Those on multi-line accounts can still share their upgrades as long as it’s within the same device category, but they won’t have the option to transfer a hotspot or tablet upgrade. It won’t be as easy to upgrade to that Galaxy Note 10.1, unfortunately. Likewise, anyone who’s been hoarding New Every Two upgrades since the program ended in 2011 may want to use them this weekend — the credits expire on April 15th. While these last two changes won’t affect as many of us, they reinforce the notion that Verizon would really prefer that we hold on to the gear we’ve got.

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