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    Super Simple Milling Table Vise

    When plates won't fit in the vise I like to use this simple 3 part "milling vise".
    There are about a million types that have been shown but I think this one is quick and easy to make.

    To prevent drilling or milling into the mill table just place the part to be milled on some 1/8" thick aluminum spacers.
    I did not need that for this operation since I was just surfacing the plates.

    Cheers, JR
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    Great idea! Thanks!

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    Thanks jjr2001! We've added your Mill Table Vise to our Vises category,
    as well as to your builder page: jjr2001's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:




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    Congratulations jjr2001 - your Simple Mill Table Vise is the Homemade Tool of the Week!

    Huge week around here, with many top-tier builds, but this one wins on simplicity.

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    This is your 8th Homemade Tool of the Week win. Here are all of your Homemade Tool of the Week winning tools. Congrats again



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    Thanks Jon, Seems like for almost every project I need to make something new for cutting, holding, or aligning.
    That is what makes machining so much fun. I think I like to make the tools the best!

    Cheers, Jr
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    Congrats on the win. Those can be really handy for holding some odd things and a lot quicker than than using a clamping kit. I made one too some time ago but it wasn't even added to my builder page so no recognition.

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    If you can't make it precise make it adjustable.

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    An added benefit...

    Mount one half of the vise near one end of the table and tram it perpendicular to the table x motion. Leave it in place and you have a handy reference surface for locating workpieces - either those clamped in your vise or those clamped with a clamping kit.

    I undercut the bottom edge on mine so errant chips wouldn't disturb the orthogonality. Also added a threaded hole in the middle of the bar so that a clamp screw could be placed there to use in holding workpieces tight to the reference bar.
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    Thanks Crusty, your design is nice and heavy for holding larger pieces. What I like best with these simple table vises is the gain in
    Z-axis travel over a machinist or kurt style vise.

    Cheers, JR
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    Thanks Marv, tramming in is a good time saver and I like the idea of the under cut. Adding another clamp screw is good too. In my version I would need to
    add 2 more clamp screws to each side since I already have a vertical hole that can be used for clamping the "jaw" to the T-slots in the table.

    Cheers, JR
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    It holds smaller stuff too - I just don't tighten it as much. Something I still intend to do to it is mill a couple of small ledges into the jaws so that I can hold plate material without resorting to parallels for support. I have the same lack of headroom on my mill and the added 1" is appreciated because my fixturing and clamping sometimes gets out there on the edge of possible.

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    If you can't make it precise make it adjustable.

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