Vises for Small Mills
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Mounting Brackets, Adjustable Work Stop, Work Holding Examples, Parallel Sets

Mounting Brackets

A 3-inch, screwless vise for the Taig mill. The original milling vise is not good enough for precision work.
A good vise to use on the mill is this precision screwless type. This type of vise has very flat ( 0.0002") &
parallel critical surfaces. It is also, of course, hardened. The movable jaw pulls down as clamping pressure
increases so the part does not rise. The precision surfaces eliminate/minimize part marring. Typically, a
drill press vise does not have the precision or features required for milling. Can be used in conjunction
with a miniature screwless vise. Screwless vise exploded diagram

Adjustable Work Stop

3-inch vise; adjustable, pivoting, solid-jaw mounted work stop. An M6-1 cap head screw holds the bracket.
The adjustable 8-32 screw has a pressed-on knob, a tip that was diamond ground flat, & a knurled lock nut.

Of course, the stop can be pivoted out of the way, placed on the other side, or simply removed.

Work Holding Examples

Milling flats onto a Taig -16 threaded arbor for a " wrench.

Not a screwless design but this excellent precision Tool Maker's vise can also be used on small mills.

The Toolmaker's vise needs a pin spanner to fully tighten & loosen.

 A variable angle V-block used to make 45 beveled edges.

The 1-inch screwless vise, with built-in ground parallels, is being held at 30 by the 3-inch vise.

A computer keyboard key was CNC engraved so it will have a trans-illuminated label.

Top to bottom: 3-inch, 2-inch, & 1-inch screwless vise size comparisons.

Parallel Sets

A set of 3-inch wide, precision ground parallels (import). The shorter sets are ideal for smaller mills & vises.

" long, wavy parallel set (Swiss). Spring steel can compress in the vise for very thin pieces.

Mounting Brackets, Adjustable Work Stop, Work Holding Examples, Parallel Sets