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Picture of How to Square a Vise (the easy way)

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
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A Mill
A Vise
Vise Nuts and Bolts
A Rubber Mallet (Or piece of wood.  Or your hand.  Just something softer than the vise)
Wrench
Dial Test Indicator
Shop Towel
And a collet (that fits the dial test indicator)

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baudeagle5 months ago

I think that it is important to note. You squared the vice using the fixed jaw instead of the movable jaw. I think that you probably did this intentionally, it is better to measure against the fix jaw when possible to remove errors due the slop that is inherent with the movable jaw.

anasdad2 years ago
Great job! Thanks for posting it! This has been a task that I've put off for a while but I just finished doing my Bridgeport. Beware of amateurs with a Bridgeport!
Thanks again,.
Ken
caseygibs2 years ago
That's a dead blow hammer i believe, do you recommend that over a rubber mallet? Does it really matter?
hardj0092 years ago
good instructable. im an aprentice in a machine shop. ( i have to square up the vices all the time) i can now do it with 2 taps ofthe mallet :) . I have been told that you shouldent dial in the fixed jaw. instead you should put a parrelel in the vice prowd of the jaws lock the vice down so that it is clamping with alot of pressure. and use the stylus on the parralel. this is because the fixed jaw can have a tendency to move. "you always set up everything in the way its going to be used" Eg clamping . ( this isnt suposed to sound agressive ) :)
jtinst (author)  hardj0092 years ago
Not aggressive at all. Sounds like a fine idea, especially if you have a beat up vise. Thanks!
studleylee2 years ago
Nice! thanks.