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    Low Profile Milling Vice

    I needed something different in order to hold some wide stock on the milling table and came up with this:

    Low Profile Milling Vice-low-profile-10.jpg

    A simple make for this is available here along with tips:
    Low Profile Clamp – glue-it.com

    Not sure the clamping forces are high enough for this initial version, but hopefully this will inspire someone to improve on it.

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    Brilliant sir!!

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    That is one nicely made low profile milling vise! Well done!
    Dick

    Links to some of my plans:
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    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/m...383#post110340 MINI-LATHE CARRIAGE LOCK PLANS
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    Wow, definitely on my list.

    Thank you,and thanks for the Workholding page, it is great to have a consolidated page on holding things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    I needed something different in order to hold some wide stock on the milling table and came up with this:

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    A simple make for this is available here along with tips:
    Low Profile Clamp – glue-it.com

    Not sure the clamping forces are high enough for this initial version, but hopefully this will inspire someone to improve on it.
    This is an EXCELLENT idea. Definitely on my list to make!

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    Nice & simple I like it
    I wonder if it is strong enough to clamp a precision mill vise? It might need beefing up a bit.

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    I like it! It doesn't have to be a atom smasher for small parts. Thanks for planting the seed for new ideas.

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    It does hold well, but not suitable for heavy machining. I think it would need to be 3/8" thick (~10mm) and then use 6mm grub screws or bolts to clamp a precision vice.

    As somebody else pointed out, if you used 3/8" you could machine a lip that would allow you to raise the material off the bed by a fraction, that way you could machine through the clamped material.


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