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.
Here’s a view of the press, set up and ready to go. Ignore the mess, I’m not finished.
And a view of the vise, mounted on the quick change plate:
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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“Ignore the mess…”
I don’t have an horizontal workspace anywhere in my home as neat as the pictures you’ve shown.
Your OCD is showing.
The fact that I own an Ultramount ought to be proof of that. But if you could see the rest of the house, you might change your mind…
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