Budget Tilting Machine Vice 02

Harold Hall


A new longer keep plate could easily be made and fitted, which together with the improved machined face would considerably reduce the problem. Having decided that it would be possible to resolve this problem, generally improving the overall accuracy should be quite possible.


Having said that achieving a more accurate vice is possible, does not mean that it is straight forward. The major problem stems from the fact that it is a tilting vice. As a result, many of the machining operations have to be carried out with reference to the hinge pin.It would be easy to arrive at an adequate result in the horizontal position. Then only to find that the vice jaw is not parallel to the base when pivoted through ninety degrees, due to the appropriate procedures not being adopted.


The requirement for improving the vice also assumes that it may at some time be used without the base. In this case therefore, the lower face of the vice must be machined to achieve accuracy when used in this manner.


For the newcomer to milling, improving this type of vice will be a challenging project, and one from which much can be learned. For that reason the procedures are given step by step, both in the text and in the illustrations.


It is probable that the underneath face of the base will be satisfactory. This can be determined by placing the complete vice on a surface plate, to determine if it rocks. The test can also be improved by testing with the thinnest feeler gauge available around the base. If a surface plate is not available, the milling machine table could be used as a substitute. Slight errors could be eliminated by the use of marking blue and scrapping the base.


In the unlikely event of a large error being present, the underneath will require lightly machining. This can be done by turning the vice upside down and clamping it, using its own jaws,onto an angle plate fixed to the milling machine table. Support the handle end of the vice using a makeshift jack(typically, screw into a tee nut) if you do not have a proper one.


With the vice set up, lightly machine the faces to arrive at a satisfactory result. This operation is not shown in the Photographs, but all the remaining major stages are illustrated. It should be added at this stage, that in fact the Photographs were taken after all the machining operations had been completed. The reason being that originally there had been no intention to make an article from this project.


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