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What are the parts of a vee block?

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Labelled diagram showing the parts of a vee block.

V-shaped channel

Workpieces are cradled in the v-shaped channel of the vee block, which supports the part during machining. The v-groove is central, parallel and square with all surfaces of the block. Most vee blocks have channels of 90⁰. However there are some vee blocks with angles of 60⁰ that are suitable for use with very small parts. Workpieces are cradled in the v-shaped channel of the vee block, which supports the part during machining.

The v-groove is central, parallel and square with all surfaces of the block.

Most vee blocks have channels of 90º, however there are some vee blocks with angles of 60⁰ that are suitable for use with very small parts.

Clamp

Most vee blocks come with screw clamps that are used to lock the workpiece securely in position. Most vee blocks come with screw clamps that are used to lock the workpiece securely in position.

Knurled head and threaded nut

When the knurled head is turned, the threaded nut is rotated and lowered towards the top of the part. The threaded nut, together with the clamp, secures the part in place. When the knurled head is turned, the threaded nut is rotated and lowered towards the top of the part.

The threaded nut, together with the clamp, secures the part in place.

Rectangular groove

The base of the vee block has rectangular groove which fits into the t-slots of the table of the machine, and anchors the tool into position. The base of the vee block has a rectangular groove which fits into the T-slots of the table of the machine and anchors the tool into position.

Horizontal grooves

Some vee blocks have horizontal grooves along the side of the tool to accommodate the clamps used to secure parts. Some vee blocks have horizontal grooves along the side of the tool to accommodate the clamps used to secure parts.

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