The versatility of the milling machine allows work pieces of many different shapes and sizes to be held and machined. The skilled machinist must be able to select the correct tools and equipment from a large array of clamps, straps, bolts, jacks, blocks, vises, and other fixtures. Proper work setup results in more accurate machining done safely and with a minimum loss of time.
Mounting the work
When the work is held in a vise, it should be placed and supported so that the loads imposed by the cutter and directed at the solid jaw of the vise. Parallel bars should be used under any work that is too thin to protrude above the jaws vise.