Another addition to the bench

Friday I got busy during lunch and sharpened a couple saw chains, and mounted a vise to the spare plate for the Ultramount.

I was surprised at how easy it was to countersink the holes for the bolts. I used an inexpensive Vermont brand tool from Home Despot, and new drills from Irwin. Don’t mind the scratches, I’ll get them fixed with a coat of black paint. I got pretty western with the plate while I was drilling it, and although I got most of the cuttings off the drill press, I evidently didn’t get them all.

All four

Here’s a view of the press, set up and ready to go. Ignore the mess, I’m not finished.

The press, mounted

And a view of the vise, mounted on the quick change plate:

The vise, mounted

It’s certainly too high for heavy work, but it’ll work fine for light jobs.I’ll use the vise in the garage for heavy stuff.

Next thing is to find a good spot to mount the powder measure. I’m thinking about mounting it to the Ultramount with a Redding clamp made for that purpose. I’m also tempted to do the same with my brass trimmer. I think the powder scale is going to reside on a shelf next to the cabinet, I’m just not sure which side yet.

Pretty nice stuff. I suggest buying a Harbor Freight or Irwin vise and its corresponding plate if you want a vise for your Ultramount, though. Unless you have a nice vise you want to use like I did.

I used the press earlier this week to deprime and neck size the brass I fired last week, But I think I’ll wait until I shoot the rest of the cartridges to reload them, so I don’t have brass that has been fired different amounts.

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