Aligning the Taig Micro Mill & Vise
Last updated on Tuesday, March 02, 2021 07:08:03 AM 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 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 rigidity.

Vise Bed Indicating Animation

Indicating the vise's bed, animation.

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1", 2", 3" & larger vise jaw widths, available.
Click on select linked thumbnails to view different sizes.
Note that 1" screwless vises differ &
may or may not have built-in parallels.














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Assorted brass shim packs

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