View Full Version : Some things I find useful...(pics)

11-03-2004, 12:13 PM
Hey All, I have gotten a lot of helpful advice from this board and it's members and although I'm fairly inexperienced and the scope of my work is fairly limited, I thought I'd post some pix of some of the items I've made that help me with my work.

The thought came to me after reading the post regarding "must have" work holding devices.


While many of the set-ups and work may be fairly ghetto, they work for me and I'm open to suggestions.....these are just the ways to do things that occured to me.

Picture one: Dial indicator mounted to the mill drill makes for more accurate hole drilling and milling.....I turn the screw up into the plunger to the desired depth then drill, lowering the head till it reads zero.

Picture two: Dial indicator used as depth gage, and 3/8 chuck mounted on 3/8 bolt....I find this sometimes allows me to use mills in a 3/8 collet, then switch to the drill chuck without moving the head up throwing the alignment off....I'm kinda' anal about keeping the head as low as I can so using this lets me do just that.

Picture three and four: A square for me to drop into the slots for when I clamp work to the table.

Picture five: I made these table stops so I could dial in the table's position a little more easily and accurately....the screws give me a lot more control with less hassle than just a static stop.

Picture six: I use the small screwless vise almost exclusively, and fitting it with the knurled brass knob makes for a quick tighten....then I can grab the wrench and snug it up properly.
The other parts sitting on the vise are a work stop that clamps on to the top or side of the vise, and an adjustable positioner both work well for the smaller work I do.

I know these things are not groundbreaking, they may even be silly to some....but many times it's just seeing someone's homespun thinking that gets my ideas going, so maybe it'll stir the juices of some newbies!

Thanks all,


11-03-2004, 12:28 PM
Youve got some great ideas there
keep up the good work.
As you keep on with this hobby you'll probably find designing new things will be almost second nature, because your mind begins to think quicker of resolving machining problems.

G.A. Ewen
11-03-2004, 01:53 PM
Great photos!

I have a vise like yours that is going to get the same modification. Thanks.

11-03-2004, 02:11 PM
ghetto, hell. that's good work. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

I too use a drill chuck on a bolt stub. I ran the bolt in permanantly, then tightened the chuck on a dowel pin and took light cuts to true up the bolt shank down to 5/16. I sure wish I could hve left it at 3/8 but it ran out to bad before I trued it up. should have started with an oversize arbor.

I might go do that soon now that I'm thinking about it. I bought a 6 pc set of high quality 3/8 shank endmills and I could just about leave the 3/8 collet in all day long on small projects.

thanks for sharing.

11-03-2004, 05:34 PM
I really like the additions for the screwless vise.
What I'd like for it is something that keeps the holes lined up for inserting the crosspin. So as you slide the jaw around the crosspin hole would "snap" from position to position. hmmm have to think about that.

11-05-2004, 10:31 AM
Thanks for the replies guys....this board has helped me to uderstand things and to undertake projects that I wouldn't have in the past.....great to have y'all around!


Alistair Hosie
11-05-2004, 02:15 PM
John I bought a vice similar to your's its around 10" long and weighs in very heavy .Anyway the guy described it as a grinding vice anyone know why this is?
Maybe its designed to be used with a surface grinder as it has no bolting down facility.other than a series of holes down both sides but I can make a hold down but would liken to know whay it's called a grinding vice Alistair

11-05-2004, 06:10 PM
they say that copying someones idea is the highest form of flattery, therefore I am going to flatter you by telling you I made some of your ideas. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif That being said, how do you like the power feed. Got mine at Busy Bee, and now wonder why I didn't get one sooner, sure saves the arm http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

11-05-2004, 06:23 PM

The magnetic chuck holds the vice down on the surface grinder, while the work piece is held in the vise.

It is also common to hold a small grinding vise in your bigger mill vise when milling small pieces.


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11-05-2004, 10:47 PM
I am for the vise mod too! Mine will get the treatment.
You done well, simple, practical *thingies* ( a technical term not usually understood by the layman)

11-07-2004, 12:30 AM
Yeah Shaque, the power feed is a lifesaver....I don't take the heaviest of cuts so I have to take more passes than some and it makes the job a lot less tedious.

And while I know I'm not supposed leave the machine unnatended, I can shoot over to the bench to do some figuring while it's doing it's thing.