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Old 14th March 2012, 06:54 AM   #11
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I realize the topic is a bit old, but if anyone is paying attention....

I'd pick one of those cheapo X/Y tables with the built in vice from harbor freight. They're pretty cheap and will allow for some fine adjustment before the cutting operation begins, saving a lot of setup time to get the positioning just right. They have their limitations but for what you are doing here I think they could work very well.

I own one of these: Milling Vise - 5" Drill Press Milling Vise
It has basically a permanent home on my drill press, which isn't used much in lieu of the fact that I have a much more precise mill/drill in the garage as well, but still comes in handy when I need some quick drilling operations done and have the mill all tooled up for something totally different.

There's also this one: 6" Cross Slide Vise

For drilling operations I think the first one is actually more appropriate. The second one there trades the ability to "lock down" a position fast an east for the ability to operate as an active x/y table that theoretical milling could take place on, which I would never suggest trying on a drill press.

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Old 14th March 2012, 08:50 AM   #12
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Sorry for not updating the thread. What I finally bought was a Palmgren 4.5 inch milling machine vise:
4.5 in Milling Machine Vise without Base

I do not have room for anything bigger. It seems like a good vise for my purpose, but now I need a couple of washers to be able to bolt it to the t-slots of the x-y table.
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Old 14th March 2012, 11:20 AM   #13
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That's a very fine vice. You should be proud to own it!

I get the feeling that you are not the gambling type, more the type to get what works and get it done without having to futz around. Good stuff!
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