Mill Vise Table

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-29-2016 11:34 PM 1292 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small table to use in the vise in my milling machine to do quick small jobs that usually take a lot of set up time with a router or are almost impossible to hold and machine with a router. I use router bits in the mill a lot and crank up the speed!

I had to use this table ( photo # 5) to mill a part for my next project before the wooden clamps were finished. I used C clamps to hold it to the table. It works super!

The table is made from 1” Baltic birch plywood. I was going to install the aluminum tracks into it but I now have a T slot cutter so I put the slots right into the table.. I had to go down 1/2” in the table so I added a 1/2” reinforcement plate under the table in the back. I probably do not need it but I don’t want to take a chance with a heavy part on there. I can use this for steel, aluminum and plastic parts as well. The rail is hard maple and the clamps are red oak. This all wood laying around the barn. I did not have to buy anything for this project.

It is finishes with shellac.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 04-29-2016 11:48 PM

Looks interesting and must be very useful. I am going to keep this idea. Thanks

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#2 posted 04-30-2016 12:08 AM

Very good little utility parts holder…

I know Baltic Birch is good and strong… BUT, will it hold up good clamping in those key-slots with such a small lip for clamping? . . I see there is a possibility where it could be pulled loose from the base… Have you ever had clamping problems using plywood / any kind of wood using Key-slots like this?

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#3 posted 04-30-2016 12:41 AM

You’re a genius, Jimius.
I had the same thought as Joe, about the slots. I’d probably at least dribble some liquid CA into the vulnerable edges. And, nuts? Why not k’nurled k’nobs, or cam levers?
And, about that twenty-dollar Bill: I use singles as shims in my router table fence. Twenties? Living large? But, seriously, we have fun. I dig your ingenuity, good sir.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 04-30-2016 12:55 AM

Great addition to your shop.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 04-30-2016 01:19 AM

Mark… I think he is using those 20’s before the picture changes! :)
... then he’ll switch to the Grants… :)

Yes, I think a little CA Fine soaked into it would really make it stronger… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 04-30-2016 01:46 AM

What speed do you need to run the milling machine at to use router bits ?
If the T tracks give you trouble use dove tail tracks I find they are a lot stronger and don’t cost extra .


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 04-30-2016 01:50 AM

Thanks, Guys.
I’m making some new bolts to use with the clamps and they will have a very big head on them to spread the load inside the slot. I don’t think it will be a problem with them.
The boughten bolts have a small head and might pull through with enough force on the 5 1/6” bolt.

Hi Joe, I have never had a problem with key slots this deep in the plywood. I’ll see how these fare. Plan B would be to install the aluminum channels if it comes to that.

Hi Mark. I see those 20’s got in the picture. A guy dropped them off when I finished a top for him today. Not shims for sure!!!
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 04-30-2016 02:21 AM

Hey Jim, That is what I need, if only I had a milling machine. LOL
Seriously though, that is a great idea to make difficult job quite easy.
Thanks for sharing this.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#9 posted 04-30-2016 03:40 AM

I see you’re still making life easier for yourself and having fun making another jig. Nice looking Jim. Looks to have plenty of clamping power on it.
Have you ever given a count on how many jigs you have? lol

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 04-30-2016 04:26 AM

Howdy Jim,

That looks just right and all kind of useful. Thanks for the idea.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#11 posted 04-30-2016 04:36 AM

Very professional Jim…..Well designed and well made.


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#12 posted 04-30-2016 05:01 AM

Very good idea, I can see how that will be very useful.

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#13 posted 04-30-2016 06:34 AM

Sure enough looks IMPRESSIVE Jim…well done sir.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#14 posted 04-30-2016 07:33 AM

Nice and very usefull stuff, easy to make. Unfortunately we don’t have T-tracks and T-bolts on market here. But, it’s possible to improvise something to make such.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 04-30-2016 12:04 PM

Very handy and very dandy, Jim

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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