About to receive my new X-carve and i’ll be upgrading it to 750x1500mm size with a bunch of stiffening mods so i can handle aluminum/brass better as well.
A problem I noticed is the Z axis clearance is pretty low (65 ish), Instead of increasing the Z axis… I was hoping to have a low profile vise that i could use to accurately secure billets to but it proved very difficult to find online (for cheap at least).
I happen to have a couple 10x17x1in chunks of aluminum lying around so i figured I could make a very low profile vise once I have my X-Carve dialed in.
This is my design for a 7.5 x 10 x 1in vise (5.5 x 6 x.625in clamp area). It has an all aluminum base milled from 1" aluminum blank and includes flush mounted steel jaws as well as a tapped steel insert (for thread durability under tension) on the long 3/8-16 tightening screw.
This is designed to be able to bolt to my T-Track bed and be easily removeable for when i’m working on larger projects.
What do you guys think? Any advice or criticism? Anything is appreciated! Thank you!