I've got a dore-westbury mill, and have just acquired a nice 3"
Abwood swivel vice to put on it.
However, the slots in the table aren't conveniently placed for
the vice mounting points. This isn't the first time I've had
this problem, but mounting this vice diagonally seems less
The usual slot arrangement on a DW mill is 6 or 8 short slots
from each side, and two slots along the long centre line that
reach only 1/3 of the way along : i.e. they don't meet in the
middle, leaving about 1/3 unslotted.
I'm considering cutting the central slot full length, which
would make life much easier. But there's probably some reason
why this wasn't done in the first place : maybe it would make
the table significantly less rigid.
Someone seems to have done this here :
Alternatives might be to extend the slots only a little way
(another inch or so would do, perhaps with a shallow groove
to take the vice location keys) or to make an adapter plate.
Anybody got any thoughts about the wisdom of this ?
15 years ago