A compact double-screw vice which fits in your main face vice, providing variable work-height (from 100mm to 280mm above your bench top). The vice is mounted in seconds and height adjustment is even quicker. The 2 legs balance the load in the face vice cancelling any racking in the main vice, and because clamping surfaces are large the d-vice locks rock solid.
Unlike almost all other ‘Moxon’ vices, the face on the d-vice is gartered (fixed to the screw and boss) so it moves out as you unscrew. This is vital - it allows clamping in the areas outside of the screws, and makes the vice considerably more useful and versatile.
The screws are my own custom 42mm, 4tpi - the pitch was chosen to provide optimum balance between speed and clamping power. Threads are cut with great care to ensure minimum play (racking) - there has to be a small amount to allow for smooth adjustment, but unlike many wood-screw vices, the d-vice is precise and positive. Grip is substantial even on large workpieces - with a leather face to front (both faces optional), and a vee in the back face for cylinders and odd profiles.
Designed for general cabinet-making work, the d-vice handles most carcase components easily, and has been adopted by several premium toolmakers who like the speed, versatility and solid clamping.
Produced in small numbers, using finest grade beech, oak and selected hardwoods. Two sizes are available - to fit Record style vices (the 52, 52½ , 53, Draper variants) and to fit the larger York style face vices (on Sjoberg, Ulmia and some custom-built benches). Non-standard sizes also available to order, at nominal additional cost.
Price: from £180 (small additional costs for custom features: second face leather-lined, custom sizes etc.).
To order please mail me or call. Vices are made to order, usually 2 - 4 weeks.
The key feature is the gartered front face allowing full use of the outer areas of the vice (outside of the screws). This gives abundant clamping and is often the most used feature - not the case with the typical 'Moxon' style vices. The d-vice is a bit of a Jack Russell - it thinks it is far bigger than it actually is.
d-vice at work
Used like a leg vice or Jorgen-style clamp - tighten the close screw, back the far screw a little. This vice grips like a limpet.