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    Simple low profile adjustable pad, with use and layout tips.

    I'm running a lot of angle iron for next machine frame. Most pieces are longer than mill table, up to 13'. A vise, even our matched pair, aren't much help. Using DRO to extremes of travel makes their weight bear heavily on the ways, plus angle not that great a profile to clamp. I find clamping direct easiest, angle leg 'down'.
    These jacks are tapped well away off center, 3/8"-16 through, and middle of foot is relieved. Simple low profile adjustable pad, with use and layout tips.-adjustable-pad.jpgThe deep chamfer clears corner of inside radius [fillet] of angle iron. Button heads go deeper into corner than flat heads. Height set so leg is not in contact with table. A set screw runs in from bottom, locking the screw. Lowering profile is possible with screw counterbored, but I would use steel, for better strength in remaining threads. Longer screws make these widely adaptable. Made 4, 3 is sufficient. In clamping, 3 is a good number; allowing 1 to be moved while 2 hold the parts location. So why 4? So one can be set offline and exchanged, or used as a gauge in setting the others.
    My process;
    1] Lay out X coordinates as references. I mark prints with colored pens to ID location and size combinations. Premarking X coordinates keeps clamping from obstructing drills, countersinks and taps.
    2] As many locations are drilled allowed by table travel.
    3] Table returned to starting position and material set to new address. Pin gauges register existing hole at new address. Input last location to DRO. This maintains drawing accuracy nearly absolute instead of incremental positioning.
    4] Y axis is preserved by tight fitting keys standing in tee-slots, in direct contact with material.
    Compact bar clamps secure angle rail to keys in set-up, secured using short jacks under strap clamps.

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    I have my next quickie, thank you. Very nice idea and looks very handy.
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    Thanks Toolmaker51! We've added your Low Profile Adjustable Pads to our Milling category,
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    Thanks very much for this idea. I could use it. Would it be possible for you to post a picture of the clamping set-up you used? Your description saying the leg of the angle iron was off the table left me wondering about the bigger picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeH View Post
    Thanks very much for this idea. I could use it. Would it be possible for you to post a picture of the clamping set-up you used? Your description saying the leg of the angle iron was off the table left me wondering about the bigger picture.
    I'll need to figure a graphic representation to explain the process. I have related posts, how I produced machine frame parts used in their products. The initial challenge was locating accurately drilling/ tapping of inordinately long parts, compared to limited travel of a knee-type milling machine.
    That will be posted here, as details fit within the original thread.
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    Great simple idea, thanks

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    Thanks. Sure would appreciate that.



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