Any milling machine needs a comprehensive set of milling clamps, dogs, jacks and so on to enable work to be set up quickly and efficiently. After struggling with improvised set ups, I quickly saw the light and took time out to make a full set. My set features:
- Several clamps of different sizes
- Many varied lengths of studding with a handful of nuts and washers to suit
- Lots of dogs
- Lots of 3mm thick washers
- Lots of T-nuts
- Four different sizes of toolmaker’s clamps, two off each size
All these bits and pieces are kept neatly in a drawer next to the milling machine. They can also be used on the lathe’s slotted cross slide.