Aligning the Taig Micro Mill & Vise
Last updated on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 04:09:11 PM Mountain US Time Zone


Indicating Animation, Vise Alignment & Clamping,
Solid-Jaw Indicating,
Vise Bed Indicating Animation

The vertical column alignment is adjusted
by carefully loosening the rear nut.

Different cutter angles can also be set by
indicating the desired
fixed-angle plate.

the heavy column is loosened for
adjustment, do not allow it to fall to the side. Retighten nut.

Indicating Animation

This style of universal dial test indicator holder gives
a broad sweep of the small mill table (animation).

This is indicating the X-axis which is adjustable.

See instructions on how to
set tip geometry & see illustration.

To indicate the mill bed, mount a dial test gauge in the mill spindle.
 Used a 3/16" diameter adapter that attaches to the end
of the dial
test gauge. It was then mounted in a collet.
 Iterate sides by rotating 180 deg & adjusting (changing
by half the difference) the angle of the mill's upright

 support until there are no left-to-right differences.
The column is held in place under a nut with a washer.

Vise Alignment & Clamping

Initial vise alignment to the table using a
high-precision right-angle
machinist's square.
Other side held by the L-bracket.

Second L-bracket fixed to vise.

Solid-Jaw Indicating

Indicate the solid jaw of the mill vise using the same
basic method. A rubber wedge keeps the spindle from

rotating. Run the jaw face (x-axis) left & right, making
half the distance adjustments of the vise, until there

are no differences. This vise is +/-0.0002" & the
dial test gauge scale is in 0.001" gradations.

Aluminum vise brackets did not
mar the table but deflected a little.

Indicating the vise's
solid jaw, animation.

I have now replaced the vise clamps with steel
L-bracket milled to the correct dimensions.

It's designed like a toe clamp so there is a small
downward angle towards the vise's ledge.

The toe edges have been chamfered. The
foot has been diamond ground smooth &

 given radiused corners so as to not gouge the
Taig's aluminum table.
The brackets hold the
vise tightly, do not bend & no table marring.
The brass blocks increase setup's rigidity.

Vise Bed Indicating Animation

Indicating the vise's bed, animation.

Indicating Animation, Vise Alignment & Clamping,
Solid-Jaw Indicating,
Vise Bed Indicating Animation